I recalled a conversation hubby and I had some time back.
Me: How many times do I have to ask you nicely not to put your cold cans on that table. The condensation just keeps making big puddles.
Husband: You are always looking for something to sew. Why don't you make me something?
Me: Really? I'd love to make you something if you'd use it. What colors do you want?
Husband: Red and black.
And I'm ashamed to say that I did order some fabric and another surprise supply and then I got so busy with all of the sewing projects for me (and all of you), that his project never even got started and I still nagged him about leaving puddles on the table. Poor guy.
Then I got a copy of Kitchen Stitches. One of my bloggy buddies, Heather from the Sewing Loft has contributed a project. How exciting it must be to get one of your sewing designs in print. I am so delighted for her. I got an early copy of the book to review and inside I found the perfect inspiration for hubby's project. In fact, the book is full of sewing inspiration and some really great projects.
This is the inspiration picture. See those placemats with the cut out circles, I wanted to give something like that a try, but smaller and with a difference.
The whole problem is that we live in a hot climate and get cold cans of drink out of the fridge, and then they grow beads of condensation which run down and create puddles on the table. So I really wanted to make a waterproof coaster and I thought these little cut out circles would make little ‘wells' where any beads of condensation might collect instead of runoff.
So using the instructions in the book, I cut out a generously sized coaster, with enough room to hold a cookie or two (or ten) on the side. Then I cut some holes. Try as I might, I tried to get them to spread out randomly, but the accountant in me still managed to space them out evenly despite my efforts. To be fair, I didn't have much room to work with and it would have looked more random if I hadn't made them all the same size. This is where having a full-sized placement to work with would give a much nicer result, plus a more colorful range of fabrics would be nice, but hubby had made his choice.
I backed the cutouts with some dark red fabric and used more of the same to make some bias tape. I backed the whole thing with some fleece and then added the secret ingredient. I added Heat N Bond Iron on Vinyl to the front and back fabric piece and made the whole coaster waterproof! Yay, so now no more puddles on the table, and a nice easy wipe clean place for hubby to place his can and his sandwich.
Hubby will be getting his new waterproof can coaster on Valentine's Day. Don't worry that he'll find out sooner – he never reads my blog!
It was my first time with the Iron-on Vinyl and I wasn't sure what to expect but I really liked it! It was very easy to apply and went on very smoothly. What a great idea to create easy wipe clean waterproof fabric. I was thinking of using it to make some makeup bags or a toiletries bag for traveling, but it does have a tendency to crease and hold those creases because of the vinyl so while I think it's great for flat objects, perhaps not so much for bags that have to be turned inside out and then righted during construction. I think the creases would be difficult to remove again.
I can see an easy to wipe clean cat feeding mat somewhere in the future…
You can see other projects from this book in a blog hop this week.
- 2/3 Heather at The Sewing Loft
- 2/4 becky at the Patchwork Posse
- and Kim at My Go-Go life
- 2/5 Amy at Form Work Designs
- 2/6 Rebecca at Ruby Blue Quilts
- and Jackie at Jabot Quilts
- 2/7 Melissa at Happy Melissa Quilting
- 2/8 Kari at Fresh Cut Quilts