DIY Fabric Coasters
Hi everyone! I’m more than excited to be here at Pretty Handy Girl with Brittany and to be joining the amazing team of contributors. Are you enjoying the fabulous Très Frugal DIY gift ideas so far?
I’m Jessica and I blog at Decor Adventures, a place for you to find furniture makeovers, home improvement projects, craft and lots more DIY and home decor inspiration. Not to mention how to survive decorating a 113 year old house.
I’m really looking forward to sharing my ideas for how you can make your home a beautiful and meaningful place too. Today I’m going to start with an easy and super cheap fabric project, DIY fabric coasters. I love sewing and find it to be a relaxing yet productive activity. When I’m done making something like a table runner or reupholstering an ottoman I always try to think of what I can do with the leftover fabric. These small coasters were just the solution. Plus they make a great gift idea and tis the season for giving something specially made by you. Your family will love them, I promise. Here is how to make DIY fabric coasters.
DIY Fabric Coasters Supplies:
- Scissors or cutting mat and rotary cutter
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Pencil or disapearing ink sewing marker
- Sewing machine and thread
- Batting for in between is optional, but I did use it
DIY Fabric Coasters Instructions:
1. Gather your fabric. This can be leftovers you may have or remnants from other projects. Almost every fabric store has discontinued samples or perhaps you can use pretty napkins or pillowcases?
2. Cut the fabric into 5 1/2 inch squares. (Most coasters are 4 inches square, so I though 5 1/2 would give me enough room for error and seams, but be big enough for a large mug of mulled cider or tea.)
3. For these coasters I also cut a 5 inch square piece of thin batting for inside. This is optional, but I think it gives the coaster some nice cushion for a glass, plus it can collect any condensation.
4. To get started sewing, place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and the piece of batting on top. When you sew all the pieces, then turn them inside out, you’ll end up with a sandwich of fabric-batting-fabric.
5. Sew around 3 + 1/2 sides of the coaster to connect all the layers of fabric. Remember this is when the fabrics are right sides together and the batting is on top.
6. Trim off the extra fabric just outside the sewn line, it will make the coaster less bulky when you turn it right sides out.
7. Turn the coaster inside out through the unsewn opening.
8. Tuck the opening fabric in to make a clean edge and sew the coaster around all four sides. You can use a contrasting thread for this or a fun decorative stitch.
And you are done! It’s sew simple 🙂 I made four of these with the same blue fabric, but I could see them with a different fabric on each side. Or perhaps a set with coordinating fabric. Have fun picking your own fabrics.
I’ve already made a few sets to give away. I’m sure you can finish a set of four in the time it takes to watch an episode of HGTV’s Income Property. Don’t you love the makeovers on there?
If you’re looking for some other fabric project ideas, come see mine here. I’ve recently finished a birch tree fabric table runner, a knock off cowhide pillow, and an ottoman. Or in the sewing project gallery.
I look forward to seeing you again here at Pretty Handy Girl. Happy November!
Just made some Halloween coasters and it was so much fun! What a great way to use up a fabulous print fabric that you have remnants of. I found it helped me not to trim the side where I left the opening to turn the coaster right side out because then I had enough fabric to tuck in and ensure it was caught by the closing/finishing seam. I used leftover felt remnants for the batting and it worked fabulously. Thanks for the quick and easy tutorial!
What a cute idea Kelly!
Is the fabric and batting enough to absorb sweating drinks? I would hate to have the water leak through and leave a water ring on my hard wood.
What batting type did you use for this? I’m thinking polyester but I’m not sure
What kind of batting did you use, Brittany? Was it polyester fiberfill or cotton batting? I only have poly fiberfill, no cotton batting. Thanks.
Thanks, Brittany! I already know how to handle a power saw, but I’m trying to learn to sew a little. I didn’t pay attention in home-ec because I was so burned that they wouldn’t let me take shop. This is a simple tutorial, I’ll take a look at others.
Never thought of having a fabric coaster before. Easy to wash as well. Great idea, thanks!
Hi Anna, Glad you like them. Yes easy yo wash too, I didn’t even think of that! – Jessica
You are amazing! You are the most productive person I know. Everyday you just amaze me. What great ideas you have and they just keep coming!!!
Totally loving this idea Jessica! I have a TON of fabric scraps to use.
These are great. Unfortunately I already have too many coasters in my house. 🙁
Hey Mike, they’d make great gifts for friends that “don’t” have as many coasters ;-D