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Regina
#1 Posted : Monday, June 11, 2018 2:59:29 PM(UTC)
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I need some input from anyone out there in one of the more humid, hot areas of USA. I'm making some reversible cotton fabric coasters for someone that lives in Texas. I'm in Colorado (a much drier climate). We're trying to come up with the best design to stop the moisture on condensating glasses from wicking through the coasters to the furniture. "Waterproofing" them. I've made some samples with iron on laminate on the outside of the coasters, but it gets all wrinkled and looks ugly from turning the fabric. I'm wondering if it would be better to use thinsulate batting instead of plain cotton or even ironing the laminate to the wrong side so it's inside the coasters.

Thanks for y'alls help!
Regina

Nancy_MN
#2 Posted : Monday, June 11, 2018 3:09:23 PM(UTC)
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I live in a humid climate, and I much prefer sandstone coasters to anything else.  Sorry.  I'll be watching the replies, though, because this is an interesting question.

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EliQuilts
#3 Posted : Monday, June 11, 2018 3:17:05 PM(UTC)
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I only have a couple for when my ("hot") tea sloshes.  Then I wash them. Usually liquids are either drunk quickly or require a regular towel to clean up. Toddlers.

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stitchintime
#4 Posted : Monday, June 11, 2018 6:46:07 PM(UTC)
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Although thinsulate is not waterproof, it's insulating properties may slow down the water wicking through the fabric.  The same is probably true of insul-brite.  If the coasters won't be subjected to high heat, you could also try a layer of ripstop nylon which is fairly waterproof.  Or if you are feeling ambitious and want to try a new technique, you could do waxed canvas on one side (looks like aged leather when done).

Barb
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#5 Posted : Monday, June 11, 2018 7:14:14 PM(UTC)
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I wonder about whether cork fabric would be an option?  I know that cork coasters always work here at home....Maybe if you layer cork fabric and batting, and a cotton backing would help?  Cork fabric is usually backed by a vinyl and it is super easy to sew with.

Sharon
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EvelynB
#6 Posted : Monday, June 11, 2018 7:30:34 PM(UTC)
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I live in Texas but definitely not wet here in the Panhandle. Humidity from glasses will go through most quilted fabrics. Sometimes I'll sew a layer of plastic between the backing and the quilted front. Here's a tutorial for some simple folded square coasters. I tend to make mine larger and sometimes do it with triangles instead.

http://sochickhandbags.blogspot.com/2013/10/sew-easy-criss-cross-coaster-tutorial.html

Regina
#7 Posted : Wednesday, June 13, 2018 10:34:10 AM(UTC)
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I meant to say insulbrite in my description. lol  I know there are lots of better materials for coasters, i.e. sandstone, cork, but we are making MLB cotton fabric ones so I'm limited on what is on the outside. I like the idea of the ripstop, Barb. Anyway, I'm going to plunge ahead and make myself one with the iron on laminate on the wrong sides and cotton batting. Also, I think I'll try Barb's suggestion and try some ripstop fabric in the lining on one. Thanks for the help.

Regina

loveslife
#8 Posted : Friday, June 15, 2018 8:31:46 AM(UTC)
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Interesting question Gina, let us know how your experiment turns out. Being in Colorado also, I am a big fan of coasters and placemats, and for certain water bottles around here, I make people use a stack of coasters! Let us know if you come up with a better solution!

On a side note, I'm hoping you are planning to sign up for the in town retreat.

Karen
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mimi2jefftye
#9 Posted : Friday, June 15, 2018 11:43:23 AM(UTC)
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I actually use two layers of Cotton batting and have never had the bottom side get wet.  It is a bit more of a challenge to turn them, but here in Florida my tables are dry under the coasters.  Those are the same coasters I make and I also make the ones with the triangles also.  When I make the rag coasters I also use two layers of batting in them.

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deb.morseth
#10 Posted : Friday, June 15, 2018 7:37:44 PM(UTC)
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I have a terrible problem with moisture because I drink ice tea with lots of ice. I use two mug rugs. So this was a great question.
MN DEB from Mall of America land
ClassicBeauty
#11 Posted : Friday, June 22, 2018 7:23:30 AM(UTC)
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So this is going to sound relatively odd y'all, but here it is. 

You know those mattress covers that are moisture proof? They are "quilted" and have a little thickness but they also have a liner that prevents moisture from leaking onto the mattress. 

I have cut up these for the insides of my hot water bottle covers and for the "batting" inside coasters. 

I understand the initial "ewww" response at the THOUGHT of using a mattress cover, but the thing is they are pretty inexpensive to buy new for projects. We bought some to put on the little grandkid sleepover beds which as it turns out weren't used as the silly kids grew up past the size of the beds. A crib size can make a LOT of coasters.

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ClassicBeauty
#12 Posted : Friday, June 22, 2018 7:29:21 AM(UTC)
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Here is what is available on Amazon: Mattress Protectors

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Quiltbaby
#13 Posted : Friday, June 22, 2018 10:41:59 AM(UTC)
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Classic, that is a brilliant idea!! Thank you so much!
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ClassicBeauty
#14 Posted : Friday, June 22, 2018 3:20:50 PM(UTC)
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Thank you and you're very welcome!

Anything for a stitching sister! 

Sew Forth and Sew On!
Brenda
#15 Posted : Friday, June 22, 2018 8:58:36 PM(UTC)
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What a fabulous idea.

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Piecemaker
#16 Posted : Friday, June 22, 2018 11:02:14 PM(UTC)
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Classic-
Never would have thought of that...you ROCK!
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loveslife
#17 Posted : Saturday, June 23, 2018 12:39:13 AM(UTC)
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Super idea, thanks!

Karen
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uandiquilt
#18 Posted : Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:23:38 AM(UTC)
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You could also buy PUL fabric to line or back the coasters with. This fabric is used for cloth diapers now. My daughter makes bags to put wet things in, and people love them.
loveslife
#19 Posted : Sunday, June 24, 2018 8:25:14 AM(UTC)
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Thanks. I haven't heard of that, will look into it.

Karen
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mimi2jefftye
#20 Posted : Sunday, June 24, 2018 9:30:45 PM(UTC)
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This is a great idea of a new way those!!!  Thank you for the suggestion!!!

My sewing machine is calling me and today I hope to listen! Sally
Cosmocat12
#21 Posted : Saturday, June 30, 2018 12:04:12 AM(UTC)
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Heat N Bond have iron on vinyl. I was just watching a MSQC tutorial where she use it to make candy bag zipper pouches. 

Tracey
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