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How to make a Cork or Vinyl Coaster ITH

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Materials
  • 1)Kinship Kreations Coaster file
  • 2)Spray Adhesive (This is just one I really like, and have used for years. Love this brand and use it all the time Madeira MSA1000)
  • 3)Hoop 5” x 7”
  • 4)Cutaway stabilizer.
  • 5)Embroidery thread, 1 color
  • 6)Cork fabric. I have recently become “obsessed” with cork. I have seen others use it, but until I actually used it did I fall in love with it. I did find out there is a HUGE difference in the cork from Joann's that is $12 a yard versus the cork that is $38 a yard. The cork from Portugal is thin and has a look like leather on the back. The cork from Joanns has a canvas backing. I did make my coasters from the Joann’s cork. They sew the same, but I am sure the Portugal cork will wear longer. I have found the best prices from Fabric.com. You can also use marine vinyl for this project, but I have not cut this on my cutter yet, but I am sure it would work the same. You can always just cut the square of vinyl too.
  • 10) Clear tape
  • 11) Sharp/sharp scissors. Trimming around the edge is pretty easy, but you need sharp scissors. I use both my very sharp big ones and my little ones for getting in tighter places. Take caution NOT to cut the edge threads. If you do happen to clip one use fray check.
  • 12) There is a SVG file included in the coaster design for those of you that have a cutter. It works great to cut the circle first. If not, there are instructions on how to use a square piece of cork or vinyl.

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4559.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4560.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4561.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4562.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4563.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4564.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4565.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4566.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4567.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4568.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4569.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4570.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4571.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4572.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4573.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4574.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4575.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4576.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4577.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4578.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4579.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4580.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4581.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4582.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4583.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/kinship-kreations/stockdesign/1/kk4584.aspx


  • Final Product: What You Will Create


    Step 1:
    I created a SVG file for anyone that has a machine to cut fabric for the circles.  I really hate cutting out a lot as I do not find my cutting as clean as I would like so cutting beforehand is great.  I did research on if a home cutter works for cork and from what I have read it does.  I do not give instructions on how to use for a home cutter as I have a commercial cutter and it works great for this.  There are a lot of articles I found on Google regarding how to cut cork.  I also have included instructions on how to cut if you do not have a cutter.
    I will first show the instructions if you have a cutter and then I will show instructions on if you do not.  Your
    first step in the case of having a cutter is to cut how many circles you need based on how many finished coasters you want.  If you do not have a cutter you will need at least a 4 ¾ “ square to make sure you adequately cover your placement circle.  Cork is expensive so make sure to get as many cuts that you can from it.  You need at least 2 circles or 2 squares of fabric for each coaster.  I was able to get 18 circles from an 18” x
    27” piece of Joann's cork using my cutter.

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    Step 2:
    Hoop your stabilizer.   Depending on how thick you want your coaster use 1 or 2 cutaway stabilizer.  I like mine
    heavier so I use 2 layers.  Cut out your paper template and center in your hoop and mark the center of the stabilizer. Because I used my paper template and know it will adequately fit my hoop I marked the center.  Take your hoop to your machine, load your color.  In my case, I am going to use 1 color.    I am making a gift set of 6 coasters at the same time I am making the instructions.   You can also use a 10” hoop and make 4 at a time.  4 of these
    fit nicely in that size hoop.

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    Step 3:
    The hoop is on the machine, the design is loaded and the color is selected.  

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    Step 4:
    Sew placement stitch.    

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    Step 5:
    Carefully remove your hoop from the machine so you can add the main applique fabric.  On the front I usually only use spray adhesive on the wrong side of my fabric I am placing on top, but for anyone just starting out, I would also tape it to make sure it is securely attached to the stabilizer.  On this project make sure you use clear tape and barely tape over the cork edge.   If you are using the precut circle it needs to fit exactly in the circle.  You want to make sure the fabric is in the exact middle of the circle.

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    Step 6:
    Take back to your machine and Sew out Letter.  After letter is sewn carefully take the hoop off the machine, but do not unhoop anything.   Flip over your hoop so wrong side is facing up.

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    Step 7:
    Place the 2nd piece of cork over the back placement stitch that is showing on the wrong side.  Either use spray adhesive or clear tape to hold in place.

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    Step 8:
    This is how your cork coaster looks when using the pre-cut circle.  This has finished sewing the outline stitches that hold the front and back together.  Take hoop off the machine.

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    Step 9:
    Rough cut first around the stabilizer.  By doing a rough cut I find it much easier to cut off the remaining stabilizer. Once cut your coaster is finished!  If you are using a square piece of fabric go to next step.           

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    Step 10:
    If you need to do regular applique cut a piece 4 ¾” x 4 ¾” square of cork.  You need to cover the circle adequately.  

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    Step 11:
    Take your hoop to the machine and just like the above instructions sew the placement stitch.  Carefully remove the hoop from the machine.

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    Step 12:
    Either use spray adhesive or clear tape and place over the placement stitch making sure all the placement stitches
    are covered. Take back to the machine and sew the letter.  After the letter is sewn carefully remove the hoop from the machine.

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    Step 13:
    Turn hoop over showing the back.   Place the 2nd piece of cork over the back of the stitching.  Use spray adhesive or clear tape to hold in place.  Take back to the machine and finish the final stitching.  This is the wrong side of the hoop.  You are covering the letter you have just sewn on the top piece.

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    Step 14:
    Final stitching complete.  Remove the hoop from the machine.

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    Step 15:
    It is easier to trim if you do a rough cut around the circle first.                                                                            
                         

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    Step 16:
    Trim as close as you can to the outside stitching.  You now have a finished Cork or Vinyl Coaster.  Enjoy!!                                                                          
                         

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    Meet The Author: Jayne Monsipapa
    Jayne Monsipapa has been digitizing for 24 years. It all started after walking into a sewing store in 1993 to buy a couple spools of thread and there was a sewing machine hooked up to a computer! Embroidering the designs were fun at first, but it did not take much to get hooked on digitizing. From 1993 until 1999 she worked on her digitizing skills and found her designs sewed out very good. With her husband’s encouragement Kinship Kreations LLC began in 1999 selling designs online. In those early years she took classes with both Walt Floriani and Lee Caroselli (Balboa Embroidery) who are both very talented and successful digitizers. Jayne joined the EmbroideryDesigns team in 2008.

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