Tool Time Tuesday…Sewing With Coffee Filters

Tool Time Tuesday…Sewing With Coffee Filters

I found this coffee related quote, but I don’t know who said it…

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“You know when you’ve had too much coffee when

you can thread a sewing machine while it’s running”

space I had a “brewed” awakening one morning when I found a package of coffee filters that I don’t use anymore. What to do? What to make? I couldn’t just throw them away…how about sewing with them! I am so flying by the seat of my pants on this Tool Time Tuesday. I have never made a crazy quilt block or used any type of foundation when quilting, so if there is anything that looks like I need help…please let me know.

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One paper coffee filter ironed very flat.

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Gather up all your odd shaped scraps or just cut some up like I did. (still have some pieces of my favorite Moda’s like Wuthering Heights…love the browns and reds)

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randomly place a piece on the filter right side up.

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Take another fabric scrap and place it on top of the first piece, right sides together.

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Stitch with 1/4″ seam, sewing through the 2 pieces of fabric and the coffee filter.

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Here is a close up of the seam.

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Open up the top fabric and press with hot iron.

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Here it is pressed open.

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Select another piece of fabric and place right side down on the 2 first pieces. Play with the placement, so they aren’t going all in the same direction.

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Sew again with 1/4″ seam.

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In this close up, you can trim the extra fabric that sticks out beyond the 1/4″ seam to reduce the bulk.

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Iron the new piece open.

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In this picture you can see that it doesn’t matter that the scraps extend beyond the shape of the circle.

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Keep adding scraps right side down on the last sewn fabric. Press each piece open after sewing it down.

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When you have completely covered the coffee filter, it will look like this. (I know…it looks like a mess, but you’ll see).

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This is a picture of the back.

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Trim the excess fabric up to the coffee filter.

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Dampen the coffee filter with a spray bottle of water or just soak it in the sink like I did (flying by the seat of my pants…not knowing what I was doing here, but it worked!!) This helps the filter just melt away from the seams. Tears off very easily.

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Press again with the iron and there you have it…a perfect “Crazy Coffee Circle”. All you need to do is applique it to a pillow, make several more and blanket stitch them to squares of fabric and make a quilt with all these scrappy circles. You can also cut a square out of it if you wanted to. The size of my filter when it’s ironed flat is 8 inches across.

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I started this project after work on Monday night, another late night project as usual. I had no plan of action…just grabbed some fabric and sewed away. I think I’ll pick out more fabric and make a bunch of these. Can’t wait to see what a full quilt of circles sewn to different squares looks like.

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These were very easy to make, so I hope you can join me in making these fun circles. I looked up the definition of a “

Coffee Klatch

“. It is a casual social gathering for coffee and conversation.

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Maybe I should start a virtual “Crazy Coffee Klatch”. We could all make our own version of the coffee filter circles, while having a nice cup of coffee and then post it on our blogs. Let me know what you think…sounds crazy, but that seems to be the theme of this post. I think I need to go to bed now!!!

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Hope you all have a great (crazy) Tuesday,

~Karen~

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