How to Make Coasters From Sentimental Fabric

by Sarah Vrba Google
Coasters become decorative accents with the right fabric.

Coasters become decorative accents with the right fabric.

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We have all seen the cork board coasters collected from bars and restaurants laying around the house. While these coasters are practical, they often lack a unique and beautiful decorative look to complete a cozy living room or coffee table. Sentimental and elegant fabrics can be transformed to create fantastic homemade coasters that fit any décor and budget. With just a few sewing items and a bit of patience, beautiful coasters are on their way.

Items you will need

  • 1/4 yard top fabric, sentimental
  • 1/4 yard matching cotton fabric
  • 2-3 sheets felt
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing notions
  • Iron
Step 1

Measure out four, 4 by 4 inch squares of the sentimental, or top, fabric. Measure out each square using a ruler and a fabric marker. Measure out four matching squares of cotton bottom fabric using the ruler and fabric marker. Measure out four, 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch squares of felt using the ruler and fabric marker. Cut out all 12 squares using a pair of scissors.

Step 2

Lay all four of the sentimental fabric squares face up on a flat, even surface. Place a cotton square right side down on each of the sentimental fabric squares.

Step 3

Sew around three sides of each fabric square, leaving the fourth side open. Use a sewing machine and 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn all four squares right side out using the open side on each one. Use ruler to push out each sewn corner to emphasize the square shape.

Step 4

Insert a 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch square of felt into the center of each fabric pocket. Tuck in the edges of the open side of the coaster using 3/8 inch of fabric. Sew along the open side to secure the fabric in place using a sewing machine and a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Continue sewing around the edge of the coaster to create a decorative stitching along the border.

Step 5

Iron all four coasters using a heated iron set on a temperature that will not damage the sentimental fabric.

About the Author

Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.

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