DIY Fabric Coasters

September 26, 2013

I’m continuing my fall nesting with other little projects to cozy up the house and the latest is the creation of fabric coasters. I realized I didn’t have a decent set downstairs and I’m a “got to have a beverage nearby” gal.

I stitched up two sets of coasters to layer between surfaces protect against condensation, heat, or surface damage, one set for the living room and another for the family/dining room for when I’m working on the laptop or just helping with the kids’ homework.

diy fabric coasters

Since I’m digging the menswear and wool fabrics this season, I was drawn to a plaid and houndstooth. If you’ve ever been to Joann you know you can find discontinued designer samples for $2 and sometimes they discount them to 50¢. Such was the case with this P Kauffman plaid and Croscill samples I found.

menswear fabrics

I combined the plaid with some faux leather cut into 6 inch squares. The project is really simple, if you can sew a straight line you can make these, and they take only a few minutes to complete.

plaid and faux leather

With the fabrics inside out, sew ½ inch outside and around the edges of four sides but leave a 3 inch wide opening on the fourth side. Tip: snip the four corners while the coaster is inside out with your scissors, less fabric makes for sharper corners when you turn it right side out.

sew edges

Flip your fabric right side out and choose a plain or decorative stitch on your machine to close up the fourth side and create a border along the edge of your coaster.

fold in fourth side

decorative stitch along edge

I used blue linen for the reverse side of the houndstooth versions.

houndstooth fabric coasters

Cozy, practical, inexpensive, and a great gift idea too!

plaid coasters diy


I’m linking up to Layla’s Fall Craft party today, hop on over to get inspired by all the projects!



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22 Responses to “DIY Fabric Coasters”

  1. meg says:

    What a cute idea.
    I love closeout fabric!


  2. What a great simple project. I have plenty of fabric scrap to do this. Thanks for the idea!

  3. I just want to face palm myself right now. I’ve been needed coasters forever, and could never find anything I like enough to buy. I made my previous set out of sisal rope, but wanted something different this time around. Of course this is a great idea, and why didn’t I think of it sooner. I’m gonna make some today!

  4. Jenna says:

    Such a simple project! I absolutely love the fabric you chose!

  5. Libby says:

    Wow so simple but so awesome. Love that fabric too!

  6. Those are great! I especially love that hexagon table they are on! Where is that from??

    • CentsationalGirl says:

      That’s from Worlds Away Cindy, I snagged it years ago on a One Kings Lane super sale, still love it!

  7. Wendy says:

    You could take your coaster project one step further by putting whole spices (I used whole cloves) inside before you stitch up the last side. Once the “whole” spices are inside, simply smack with a hammer and then when a hot beverage is put on the coaster the scents of the spices are released. I made these in sets of four tied with a pretty ribbon and sold them at a fall fair. They were a huge success. Great Xmas gifts for teachers, hostess, anyone. Kids love the smacking with a hammer part.

  8. Kris says:

    Kate, I love this idea & it’s perfect timing! I have just realized I need some coasters for the living room and started the hunt for some, now no need, I’m going to make some! As always, thank you for the inspiration.

  9. Wonderful idea! This would make a great gift to make for a client using their leftover fabric scraps.

  10. I love this idea! Such a great use of smaller pieces of fabric. I love the ones you chose. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Debbie W. says:

    Awesome! I’m not a sewer and have been wanting to jump into giving it a go – perfect beginner’s project!! Funny, I just went out and bought some really great wool pillow covers with a houndstooth design on them!

  12. Chaney says:

    CUTE cute! I’m definitely going to be whipping some of these up this weekend. Great idea for gifts too!

  13. Gina says:

    yay! I made a bunch of these with matching bookmarks and gave as gifts. I’m thinking I should do a holiday version, too. Never thought of checking those closeout fabrics swatches, though! I will definitely check it out next time I’m in Joann’s. Love the colors you chose. (:

  14. Christina W says:

    I know this is off subject but where are your tables from? I feel like I have seen them before (and love them!) but not sure where to find them!
    Also love this little DIY!!!

  15. James Scott says:

    I love those mug mats, what a lovely idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Love these! So cute AND easy. They are cozy too with the fabric. Perfect for some tea!

  17. Love the idea of using male suit pattern for coaster, unfortunately i don’t sue so i” send it to my mom maybe she will be up to the challenge

  18. Great idea. I find it hard to find any decent coasters

    Have a great weekend

  19. Love these!! I love those discounted fabric samples from Joann’s. I have found many beautiful .designer fabrics at $1 and have found so many uses for them/

  20. Joy says:

    Love this idea! I’m thinking of faux metallic leather for the holidays! You have fabulous ideas, Kate! Great use of sample fabrics – very clever.

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