How I Make Fabric Coasters
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)
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 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.)