These shaped DIY fabric coasters are great for using up some of your fabulous scrap fabrics and will protect your tables from marks at the same time. Fabric coasters are easy to make for even beginners and can brighten up and personalize your table for special occasions. They can be used for both hot and cold drinks, so are perfect for all year round. Make some for your Christmas table in bright reds and greens, or add monograms for the whole family.
DIY Fabric Coasters Tutorial
Learn how to make fabric coasters with this easy tutorial. These coasters make great gifts as well! Make a set of coasters in different shapes and tie them up with a ribbon as a lovely housewarming gift.
DIY Fabric Coasters - Supplies
- FABRIC - Cotton fabric is best, and I have done my samples in denim and quilting cotton, which are tightly woven. Choose a natural fiber content fabric that will be absorbent. Linen and flannelette are also good choices. You can also use cotton on top and add flannel or toweling underneath for even more protection. Use your fabric scraps or fat quarters.
- INTERFACING (or piece of batting) - Fusible fleece or fusible heavy interfacing. I like the fusible fleece option as it gives a nice padded feel to the coaster. If you don't have anything fusible, a sew-in extra layer of fabric will work well as a substitute.
- SEWING BASICS - Sewing machine, pins, thread, scissors or rotary cutter, and cutting mat.
- PRESSER FOOT - All-purpose or regular presser foot.
DIY Fabric Coasters Pattern
Download your DIY fabric coaster pattern and cut your fabric and fusible fleece.
If you are new to printing, read my article on How to Print PDF Patterns. The main thing to remember is to check your printer is printing to scale. The settings will say something similar to scale 100%, scale none or scale original. Just make sure you do not have fit to page ticked as that often reduces the sizing.
Measurements if you don't feel like printing (including seam allowance)
- The square fabric coaster pattern is 5 inches (12.7cm) across.
- The circle fabric coaster pattern is 5 inches (12.7cm) in diameter. You will also need to cut 2 backs. Cut the circle in half and add ⅜ inch (1cm) along the straight edge.
- The heart fabric coaster pattern has a width of 7 inches (17.7cm) and a height of 5.8 inches (14.7cm).
How to Make Fabric Coasters - VIDEO
Here is a YouTube video I made for you on how to make DIY fabric coasters. Like all my videos on sewing projects, it is short and sweet. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel for weekly sewing and craft videos.
Easy Fabric Coaster Cutting Instructions
HEART AND SQUARE - Start by cutting 2 fabric pieces and 1 piece from fusible fleece or interfacing. For the fleece piece cut the pattern back to the dotted line and use that as the template. If you have made your own pattern, cut the fleece ⅜ inch (1cm) smaller all the way around.
CIRCLE - Cut 1 fabric front and 2 fabric backs. For the fusible fleece, cut 1 from the dotted line on the front pattern. This is ⅜ inch (1cm) smaller.
If you have a fabric motif you want to showcase, try to place the pattern in the middle to get a precise cut. This is called fussy cutting.
How to Make Fabric Coasters, Step by Step Instructions
How to make diy fabric coasters in a circle shape, heart shape and square shape.:
Step 1 - Circle Coaster Only
SEW THE BACKS - Put the 2 backs right sides together and stitch the straight edge with a ⅜ inch seam allowance. Leave a 1 inch (2.5cm) gap in the middle. Press the seam open.
Step 2 - Fuse the Interfacing
On the wrong side of the front circle, press the fusible interfacing.
If using non fusible fleece, hand sew some basting stitches to hold it in place. You can remove these at the end after step 5.
Why is the fleece smaller than the fabric? This is to reduce bulk in the seams you can topstitch at the end. They will also sit flatter under your drink, which is important.
Step 3 - Stitch the Seams
It is now time to stitch the seams of the DIY fabric coasters.
- CIRCLE - With right sides together, stitch the back to the front with a ⅜ inch (1cm) seam allowance. Do not leave a gap.
- HEART & SQUARE - Put the front with the back right sides together and stitch around with a ⅜ inch (1cm) seam allowance leaving a 1 inch (2.5cm) gap. For the square, the gap can be on any side. For the heart, leave the gap in the straight part, as shown in the photo below.
Step 4 - Turn and Press
Clip the curves or corners and turn to the right side through the gap. Do a double-check that all the corners are poked out well, and the curves are smooth. Give the fabric coasters a good press.
Step 5 - Handstitch
Hand stitch the gap closed using an invisible ladder stitch. The circle will have the gap at the back and the heart and rectangle will have the gap at the sides.
Step 6 - Topstitching
Topstitch around the fabric coaster. I stitched 2 rows ¼ inch (6mm) apart, but you can stitch as many as you wish.
Diy Fabric Coaster Topstitch Tips
- Use the edge of your foot as a guide to sew concentric rows.
- For thicker threads use a topstitch sewing machine needle. This has a larger eye that will not shred your thread.
- Lengthen the stitch length for neater stitches.
DIY Fabric Coasters - In Conclusion
Step back, grab a drink, and admire your finished coaster. Extra decorative ideas include adding embroidery letters, pom-poms or ric rac trim, or even lace.
Fabric Coasters FAQs
How many fabric coasters are in a set?
If you are giving these fabric coasters as a gift, make 4 or 6 depending on the size of their family. Place them in a pile and wrap a ribbon around them and a sweet tag with a hand written message.
How do you make fabric coasters waterproof?
You can make your DIY fabric coasters waterproof by using laminated fabric. Purchase iron-on laminating vinyl and attach it to a cotton fabric according to the instructions. Learn how to laminate fabric.
Can you hand sew fabric coasters?
Yes you can! Use a backstitch which is one of the strongest hand stitches, or a running stitch if you want something simpler. Try to make your stitch lengths as short as possible for maximum strength.
What is the best type of fabric for coasters?
Find natural fabrics such as cotton and linen with a dense weave. My samples were made from quilting cotton fabric which is light to medium weight and perfect for this sewing project. Use your scrap fabrics or buy fat quarters.
DIY Fabric Coasters
- Sewing Basics Sewing machine, pins, thread, scissors
- Fabric Scraps
- Interfacing or Batting
- Cut 2 pieces of fabric and 1 piece of interfacing. Press the fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the front fabric.
- With front and back right sides together, stitch around with a ⅜ inch (1cm) seam. Leave a 1 inch (2.5cm) gap.
- Clip the corners and curves and turn the right way out. Press.
- Close the gap with an invisible hand stitch and topstitch around the edge. Quilt some extra decorative rows.
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