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How I Make Fabric Coasters

June 4, 2012
by thenestinggame

Prologue: So, I feel pretty ridiculous giving a “How To” tutorial for a sewing project when I am seriously fresh out of Sewing 101. So this is not a “How To,” it’s a “How I.” Sew at your own risk.

Fabric Coasters! A million years ago I bought some star-shaped velvet coasters at the Williams-Sonoma outlet. They are for the holidays, but I loved using them to toss under wine bottles or glasses. So when I took my sewing class, I figured that making some coasters of my own would be a good beginner’s project.

Here’s what I bought:

Two 1/2 yards of fabric in complementing patterns or colors (So, 1 yard of fabric total)

1/2 yard of medium weight interfacing (for a bit of heft)

Matching thread

I pre-washed and ironed the fabric. I wanted my coasters to be 4.5 inches square, so I cut out my fabric squares and interfacing to 5.25″.

I picked black and white fabrics for my project at Whipstitch. This damask/tapestry pattern by Alexander Henry and a not-so-serious stripe by Marisa & Creative.

I aligned the fabric right sides in and placed the interfacing on top. I sewed the squares with a .25″ seam allowance around 3 sides and halfway down the 4th side, leaving an opening about two fingers wide.

Here are my finished sewn squares and the magic weapon, the chopstick.

I turned the coasters inside out through the hole I left in the 4th side.

Then I used the chopstick to poke out the corners. If you don’t do that, then your corners will be wimpy and paunchy. The chopstick makes them pointy and awesome. I think during my next go-round I will try snipping the corners before I turn the coaster right side out. Also, this would be a great time to iron them again to make sure they are crisp.

I sewed around the entire coaster about .25″ in for a little bit of a quilted look. And in some cases, where the open seam from the flip hole was not completely sealed, I added another stitch closer to the edge of the coaster.

The two 1/2 yards of fabric and interfacing yielded 12 finished coasters and a few practice ones. I gave stacks of 6 as hostess gifts this weekend and hope to make more to squirrel away for future gifts.

And that’s how *I* make fabric coasters. I imagine you could use the same steps for placemats or table runners, just adjust the size. Clearly.

I’ve also found several of these sets on Etsy. I don’t think I could actually charge money for my handmade wonkiness, but if you’re not a sewer, you can find some cute fabric choices on there.

Go forth and coaster! (Yes, it’s a verb.)

P.S. Catch a glimpse of some other fabric coasters I’ve made in this post. And my home-sewn piped, zippered pillow.

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  1. June 4, 2012 10:27 am

    You might be Sewing 101, but I’m sewing 99, so you’re ahead of me! (Not stopping me from tackling a cushion cover though.) Seriously, this was helpful because I’ve always wondered how to use one of those cutting boards and couldn’t figure it out until I saw your photo. (I once scored in the 2nd percentile on a test of mechanical reason. No, that’s a typo.) Your coasters are very cute, and I love the interfacing tip. They’ll be awesome on your new deck. :-)

  2. Theresa permalink
    June 4, 2012 10:24 pm

    Sewing 101 must have been incredible because those coasters look amazing!!!!

  3. Amy N permalink
    March 26, 2013 3:43 pm

    Thanks so much for this post. I have my machine and so far my only real project was my 5 yr olds pig costume. Think green pig from angry bird. I have some coasters I bought years ago but had no clue how to duplicate them. Thanks so much. I can’t wait to try.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 26, 2013 3:50 pm

      The Green Pig costume sure is an adventurous place to start sewing! I’m sure it was awesome, though. The coasters should be a breeze for you!

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