Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy a good cup of tea. I knew I wanted to make something different than my usual pillows, so I came up with the idea of making coasters! When I came across Katie Kortman’s new designs for Spoonflower on Instagram, I was very excited to snag them. I immediately fell in love with the large dash prints and purchased the hot pink and light blue dash, blue with red and purple dash, and green with peach dashes. Using these bright prints were perfect for making coasters. Aren’t these fabric designs gorgeous?!
Here’s how I made them!
FABRIC: Fat quarter fabric in 3 designs by Katie Kortman, 1/2 yard Pellon 805 Wonder-Under fusible web (optional)
TOOLS: Epoxy resin, resin molds, gloves or finger cots, tweezers, plastic cup or bowl, plastic spoon, kitchen scale, rotary cutter, self-healing cutting mat, 3 x 18″ quilting ruler, pinking shears, iron, ironing board, sewing machine (optional), cotton thread (optional), heat gun (optional)
Before cutting my fabric, I ironed each fat quarter to ensure they were without wrinkles before placing into the resin. The resin molds I used were 4″ x 4″ and 3″ x 3″ squares. For the 4″ molds, I cut my fabric into the same measurements, but ended up slightly trimming off each side until they fit snuggly into the mold.
After cutting my squares, I prepared the resin by following the directions on the kit. Don’t forget to wear gloves when working with resin. My resin kit came with the resin, hardener and finger cots. Using a kitchen scale, I combined 10 ml of resin and 10 ml of hardener into a plastic cup. The directions of my kit required me to stir the solution for 3-5 minutes. You will see bubbles forming, which is normal.
Once the solution was thoroughly mixed, I poured a thin layer into the mold that was approximately 1/4″ thick. Using tweezers, I placed my fabric square into the mold and poured the remainder of the solution until it reached the top. Again, you will see bubbles. It is optional to remove the bubbles, but I highly recommend using a heat gun if you want your coasters to be as clear as possible once cured. Finally, I sat the resin mold aside in order for it to cure, which was 24 hours. Once cured, I removed the resin from the mold and repeated the process to make my desired amount of coasters.
I also created circular coasters using a confetti design. In order to make the confetti so that the design is shown on both sides of the clear coaster, I used a fusible web to iron two pieces of fabric together. Then I used pinking shears to cut into small strips.
I poured the resin mixture into the circular mold and used tweezers to individually pick up the fabric confetti to randomly place inside the resin. Sitting the mold aside for 24 hours, here are the results!
If you want to turn your creation up a notch, you can make amazing quilt designs using your sewing machine. Here is an example of a diamond I constructed using half square triangles. I also made a couple of napkin rings!
These coasters were fun to make! The best thing about this project is that you control the design. You can even turn these resin coasters into magnets by placing self-adhesive magnetic tape on the back. The ideas are limitless. Just have fun!
*Disclaimer: Not sponsored. All materials in this post were purchased with my own money.