Make Your Own Liberty Print Cafetière Cover and Coasters
Add a shot of colour to the breakfast table with a padded cafetière cosy. Follow our easy step-by-step tutorial to make your own – taken from The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing, the perfect book of sewing projects for beginners.
By using the same method, you can make a set of co-ordinating coasters.
YOU WILL NEED
• 90 x 20cm Liberty Tana Lawn in print of your choice (we used Farhad in colourway D)
• 90 x 20cm quilt wadding
• 90 x 20cm plain cotton fabric, for backing
• 4m of 12mm-wide bias binding in a complementary colour
• two 2cm velcro circles
• two 2cm buttons
• matching sewing thread
• dressmaker’s squared paper
• sewing machine
• sewing kit
• If you only want to make the cafetière cosy, you will need 35 x 20cm each of Liberty Tana Lawn, wadding and backing.
The cover is designed for a standard 8 cup or 1 litre cafetière. Print out this template , enlarging it by 200%. Cut out the paper pattern and check the size of the cover against your cafetière before you start sewing. You can then adjust the height or width if necessary.
Copy the templates on page 151 for the cafetiere cover and tabs, enlarging them by 200%.
LAYERING THE FABRICS
Spread the wadding across the plain fabric and place the Liberty Tana Lawn on top, with the right side facing upward. Match up the corners and pin all three layers together around the outside edge.
WORKING THE TACKING
Using a contrasting thread, tack around all four edges. Now sew four rows of tacking stitches, about 4cm apart, along the width. This will stop the fabrics from sliding about when they are being quilted.
QUILTING THE LAYERS
Thread the machine with matching sewing thread. Starting parallel to the right edge sew a series of vertical lines, 8mm apart, across the entire surface. Keep the right hand edge of the presser foot lined up with the previous row of stitches so that the lines are spaced regularly. Start each row from the top edge to prevent the fabric puckering.
CUTTING OUT THE SHAPES
Using the paper templates, cut out the cafetiere cover and two tabs from the quilted fabric. Then cut four 14cm squares with gently rounded corners for the set of coasters.
BINDING THE EDGES
Open out one end of the binding and turn back the first 1cm. Re-fold the creases. With right sides facing and raw edges matching, pin this end to the left edge of the cafetière cover, about 5cm up from the bottom corner. Tack the binding to the cover, gently stretching the raw edge to fit around the curves. Leave a 1cm overlap at the end and trim.
Machine stitch 4mm from the edge, slowing right down at the corners for accuracy. Turn the binding to the wrong side and slip stitch the folded edge to the back of the cover. Bind the tabs and the coasters in the same way.
ADDING THE VELCRO AND BUTTONS
Stick the hooked side of the velcro dots to the wrong side of the tabs. Hand or machine stitch them in place, taking care not to catch the binding. Sew the buttons securely to the right side, directly above the dots.
SEWING THE TABS TO THE COVER
With the right sides facing downwards, pin the plain ends of the tabs to the left edge of the cover, so that they overlap by 4cm. Wrap the cover around your cafetière and slip the tabs through the handle. Adjust the positions if you need to, then tack the tabs in place. Machine stitch them down from the right side, sewing to within 3mm of the binding.
POSITIONING THE VELCRO
Put the cover back on the cafetière, this time with the right side outwards. Pin the tabs to the right edge, so that the cover fits snugly. Mark the position of each one with three more pins, then take out the first pins. Stick the looped sides of the velcro dots in place between the pins, stitch them down securely.
For more sewing projects visit the Sew Liberty tutorials page.
THE LIBERTY BOOK OF SIMPLE SEWING by LIBERTY, published by Quadrille (£20)
Photos © KRISTIN PERERS; Illustrations ©RICHARD MERRITT