Fat Quarter Challenge: Fabric Coasters

Disclosure: Contest materials provided by the Fat Quarter Challenge.

I love a good challenge, don’t you?  Recently, some of my favorite bloggers and I got an opportunity to participate in something called the Fat Quarter Challenge, and today we get to share our projects with you!   Here’s how it works.

The challenge is run by a crafty lady named Jesse, who sends out supplies for each month’s contest.  For October, each of us received 1/4 yard of pink and teal fabric {FYI: That’s a fat quarter, for those of you who were wondering what the heck I’m talking about}, a piece of pink ribbon, a piece of teal ribbon, and a string of gold sequins.  Then, each participant makes whatever project she wants, using at least some of all of the supplies.  After the projects are completed, you photograph them and submit them to Jesse, who puts them on the website and opens up a five-day vote!  The projects with the most votes win.  To play along, you go to the Fat Quarter Challenge website and sign up.  There’s a $12 monthly fee for the supply packages.  Are you ready to see what I did with my supplies?

Fabric Coasters and Matching Gift Box

Crazy Coasters

Here’s how I made my coasters.
Step 1: Trace a circle {I used the top of a glass} onto the wrong side of your fabric.  Cut out with pinking shears.  Repeat for each coaster.

Step 2: Trace circles onto coordinating felt and cut out one per coaster.

Step 3: Pin circles together and sew in a random spiral pattern. {This is like the Crazy Coasters I made, inspired by Nancy!}

Fabric Coasters

Step 4: Sparkle makes everything better!  Instead of using my sequins as-is, I cut the string and glued them on individually to add a subtle sparkle to each coaster.  Makes a big difference, doesn’t it?  See how much more fun the sequined coaster is than the plain one?

Fabric Coasters

Step 5: Make the packaging pretty!  I used the teal ribbon Jesse sent to tie my stack of coasters together with a cute little bow.

Fabric Coasters

To make the box itself coordinate, I tied the pink ribbon around it, then glued on individual sequins to match the coasters.  I had some teal tissue paper, which matched really well, so I added that in the box.

Fabric Coasters

I just love cute and coordinating packaging, don’t you?  What do you think?  Would this be a fun housewarming gift or neighbor gift to receive?

Well, now that my project is complete, it’s voting time!  I’d love to have your vote if you like what I made, but I know the competition is pretty tough because I’ve seen some of the things #myfavoritebloggers have been making!  Be sure to stop by and see all the entries and vote for your two favorites, whatever they might be!

Also, if you think the challenge looks like fun and are interested in playing along yourself, I get to give away a two month subscription to FQC, so the winner will get to participate in November and December’s challenges for free!  Good luck; Rafflecopter will help you enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

So. Honestly?  The idea of using the same supplies as my friends to make something was a neat and interesting challenge.  Honestly?  I don’t think the materials we received were worth $12.  Just my two cents.  But it was fun to play!

Hugs & Glitter,


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