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Date: 9/13/13 3:52 PM

Found at a local thrift store--a pattern sample book of upholstery fabrics, long outdated. For $1, 40-some samples, 8 1/2 by 10, or by 5 (inches), net of the stapled edge. Other 3 edges are pinked. Not too difficult to get the 10 staples out (1.5" long.)
Each has a paper label backing, giving the composition & where made (among other things)--either U.S. or Italy. (By now, m/b somewhere else.)
Some beautiful fabrics here. Large enuf, I reckon, to make up some coasters (coordinated, not matched, sets); or some patchwork smths.
(Those who've read my posts & messages will not be surprised to know my friends think of me as frugal--I think that's the polite word.)
So, m/b asking at interior decorator shops for outdated sample books could be a source of samples.
HTH

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Date: 9/13/13 3:58 PM

(I would have liked to put this in a Fabrics forum, not SM. Have to figure out how to do this.)

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Date: 9/14/13 6:30 AM

I never thought about coasters as gift ideas. That sound cool. I have a box of upholstery fabrics. Wondering now how to use them.

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Date: 9/14/13 10:12 AM

Those books always beckon to me, but I have resisted so far. One thing I have found about sewing people is that we do tend to be a "thrifty" bunch. The first time I went to one of the really big sales at my local Fabricland and had to wait over half an hour in line to buy my fabric, I realized I had found kindred spirits.

Of course at that time I was buying fabric for one or two projects that I knew for sure I was going to make fairly soon. It took coming to PR to see that many of us are "thrifty" in the sense that we will save bundles of money on bundles of fabric that we may or may not have any actual use for!

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Date: 9/14/13 2:01 PM

SandiMacD--

As a beginner (again), recently I saw somewhere* on-line a photo tutorial (not video) on making coasters, for just this sort of idea. I d/n study it in detail at the time, but I think it had multiple layers, for body.

*For this sort of thing--interesting, but not attn-grabbing--I d/n always note the URL, assuming I can find it again, when I want it. But, of course, sometimes I can't.

Also, quite some years ago I saw, I think in an upscale thrift shop, sets of coasters for gifts, made up from outdated neckties. This was at one of those junctures when there was a large # of such things aval.

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Date: 9/14/13 3:09 PM

OK, here's how to find what I was looking at.

Google "coaster sewing pattern". One of the first things which comes up (at least here) is smth about Criss-Cross Coasters (from 2006 Turkey Day). The URL is quite long, but all you'll need is the heading link. On the site, you'll find "Tutorial copyright jenny b harris/AllsortsMakery.com". (At this website, I d/n see this tutorial, as apparently her archives show only the current year.)

The tutorial is quite clear--excellent illustrations--but it's confusing to a beginner in a few places. There are 6 layers of fabric. What is called an interlining becomes the bottom (outside) layer. Both photos show 2 different pattern fabrics on the top, but 4 pieces of fabric are used; in the tutorial, 4 patterns appear on the top. When almost done, the sewn stack is turned inside out, but the illustr. shows the stack stitched entirely around, making this look impossible. I'm sure anyone with some sewing exper. will figure these things out.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 9/14/13 4:24 PM

This topic has been moved from Sewing Machines to Fabrics and more...

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Date: 9/14/13 4:35 PM

I've also used these sample pieces as embellishments on jackets.

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