Always one to be on the look out for bargains, I had bought some cork coasters from IKEA. They were cheap and looked good, but after only a few uses, they started to warp and tear. Since I have been doing more sewing, my fabric scrap pile has been growing quite high. One night while making some cotton backed wash cloths, I thought to myself, “why not make coasters out of my fabric scraps!” I’m sure I’m not the first to come up with this idea, but I thought I would share it anyway.
How to Make Fabric Coasters:
|1. Pick out your fabric – you will need at least a 5″x5″ (approx 12cmx12cm) square of fabric for the front and back. You can make them bigger if you want, say 6″ x 6″. I use fleece as padding for the middle of the coasters. You can use another fabric as well, such as flannel, or even interfacing, but I have found that the fleece is a good thickness and seems to work well.|
|2. Stack the 3 pieces together, starting with the fleece, back piece and then front piece. Back and front pieces have the right sides facing each other. pin together if you want, but I am lazy and didn’t. You may find that it’s small enough to handle without pinning.|
|3. Sew about a 3/8″ (1cm) seam around, you can also use 1/4″ seams. Leave about a 2″ (5cm) opening on one side.|
|4. Trim the corners and 3 sides to about 1/8″ (4mm). I don’t trim the side with the opening because after turning it right side out, I want to have enough turned fabric to be able to sew the opening closed.|
|5. Turn coaster right side out and press flat with an iron.|
|6.Top stitch all the way around – I usually start at the opening 1/8″ (4mm) from the edge and then around again 1/8″ (4mm) from the first stitch. Finito!||You can even use an old towel for the backing and use a narrow zig-zig stitch for the edging.|
|Or just have the fleece as the backing if you don’t have a matching fabric for the back.|
Here is a stack of coasters I made for my mother-in-law.