“Quilted” Coaster Tutorial

This is one of the fastest, easiest gift ideas out there.  Great for Christmas, bridal showers, housewarming parties…. and perfect for using up your fabric stash.

Each coaster requires two squares of fabric, plus batting to go inside.  You could even use inexpensive felt, if you have it on hand.  I used the same fabric for each side, but you could also use two coordinating fabrics.

My squares were 5 inches by 5 inches.  The batting should be cut a little bit smaller.

Make a sandwich of the three pieces – the fabric should be right sides together, and the batting should be on top.

Zig-zag stitch around three sides of the fabric.  I’d recommend that you NOT do your stitches like mine above – try to sew just on the batting, rather than half and half.

Clip the corners, and then flip it right side out.

Fold the open edge under and press.

Sew a straight stitch around the edge of the coaster, making sure to sew the open edge closed.  Then you can free form whatever kind of design you’d like in the middle.  This is the “quilting” part.  I made all of the coasters look the same, but you could also do different designs.

I made three out of one fabric, three out of a coordinating fabric.  (Both were fabric quarters, by the way, and I had plenty left over.  This is a really great scrap fabric project!)  Tie them with a ribbon, and you have a great homemade gift!  You could also pair these with some jazzed up handtowels.

I think I need some of these for myself…. stylish, simple, and toddler-proof.  Ah, things that are unbreakable.  If I had more before Christmas sewing time, I’d make myself some holiday coasters.  [insert hyperventilating here as I realize I have more projects than days left before Christmas]

Okay, I’m off to do more Christmas present sewing… wish me luck.  And tell me about some things you’re making for Christmas!

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4 comments

    1. no new camera – i wish! just the same one i’ve always had. it takes decent enough pictures in natural light. not super awesome like yours, but it’ll do for now! the ipod doesn’t take the greatest pictures of my sewing projects, i’ve found, unless there is really amazing light.

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