This hand-stitched coaster is a quick project. It would make a great gift with a mug and some coffee, or make a whole set for yourself. It’s a great way to try out traditional Korean pojagi stitching techniques without the commitment of a huge project.
The coaster was originally made as part of the Pojagi Christmas collection, but it is not specifically a Christmas project. They can be enjoyed year round and in a variety of colours.
You need light or medium weight linen fabric in two different colours. For the focus fabric, you need a piece at least 4-1/2″ square. For the frame and backing fabric, you will need a piece 10″ x 5″.
Perle cotton is used for the stitching. Choose the weight that best matches the weight of the fabric you are using. Size 12 or size 8 will be best.
Traditionally in pojagi stitching, a contrasting thread colour is used. The stitches are all clearly visible and are part of the design.
Other materials and equipment
4″ square of quilt batting
General stitching supplies:
- needle (cross stitch or crewel with a large eye
- Hera marker
- cardboard for making templates (old cereal box)
Preparing the pieces
Make the templates
Cut the following templates from cardboard:
- 1/2″ x 3-1/2″
- 1/2″ x 4-1/2″
- 3-1/2″ square
- 4-1/2″ square
Be sure to label the pieces with the size so that you can easily reuse the templates in another project.
Stitching the centre portion
On paper or cardboard, draw the tree motif with back and forth lines. It should be about 3″ tall. Trace with marker so it will be easy to see.
Lay the focus fabric on top of the drawing and trace using the hera marker by pressing firmly with a back and forth motion.
The design will be clearly visible on the fabric.
Finger press that crease lines, then stitch the tree using the overcast variation of Pinch Stitch. Check out this pinch stitch tutorial for detailed instructions for the technique.
You might want to stitch the tree with a colour that matches the frame of the coaster, or in a different colour. Even if it is done with a matching thread colour, the tree will be visible through the texture of the stitching.
After the stitching is complete, we will trim this piece to size. Do not do this before stitching, because the stitching will distort the size of the piece.
Centre the 3-1/2″ template over the piece. Be sure to centre it on the stitching, not necessarily the edges of the fabric.
Trace the edges of the template with the Hera marker.
Finger press along the creased lines left by the hera. These will be the stitching lines. Trim 1/4″ away from these lines for the seam allowances.
Assembling the coaster
Mark and cut out four pieces from the frame fabric. You need two 1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and two 1/2″ x 4-1/2″.
Join the frame to the focus piece using the traditional pojagi seam for lined pieces. This pojagi seam tutorial has more detailed instructions.
Using the 4-1/2″ template, double check the size of the piece. It should be 4-1/2″ square. Re-mark with the hera if necessary and finger press the outer seam.
Mark and cut a solid 4-1/2″ square piece for the backing.
Trim the batting square so that it’s just a tiny bit (approximately 1/8″) less than 4-1/2″ square.
Pin all the piece together with the batting in the middle and the seam allowances folded to the inside. The right side of the stitching is out.
Stitch all the way around the edge using the same pojagi seam technique.
Take a break with your favourite hot beverage.
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Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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