Coasters are not only functional, but one of the easiest projects to sew. Why not deviate from the standard square and circle shapes to something a little more fun? Not only is this a fast project, but it will reduce that overflowing pile of scrap fabric you just can’t throw away. Mix and match different fabrics for a truly unique set of coasters. Basically, all you do is lay a piece of fabric on top of a piece of fleece, sandwich some batting in between, and sew a satin stitch along a tracing of your shape. That’s it. You cut out the shape along the edge of the zigzag stitch, put a little Fray Check or dabs of clear glue along the edge, and you’re finished. If really want to jazz up your coasters, add some cool quilting or appliqué.
I’m a sucker for teapots, but if they aren’t your style, no worries! Simply browse the web for your desired shape and print it out to make your own template (sea turtle, heart, football helmet, skull, star, flower, etc.) Try to pick a design with a large round area for your cup to sit. I find the best size fits a quarter of a sheet of computer paper.
6 in by 6 in piece of fabric, fleece, and batting
Walking Foot (highly recommended, but not required.)
Embroidery Thread (recommended because it gives off a pretty sheen, but general purpose thread works fine)
Fray Check (If you don’t have any, you can dab clear glue along the edges instead)
Print and cut out the template.
Trace template on right side of fabric.
Layer traced fabric on top of fleece and batting, with wrong sides together. Pin or baste in place. If you are using a Walking Foot, one or two pins is enough to make sure your fabric doesn’t shift.
Set your machine to a satin (short zigzag). I set my stitch length to 0.5. My width was 3.5.
Start your satin stitch in the least noticeable place and slowly sew. You will have to stop often to lift the pressure foot and re position. I found it easiest to follow traced line in the center of my walking foot so that the stitches zigzagged back and forth over the line.
Cut out the coaster as close to the stitches as you can without actually severing the thread.
Apply Fray Check to the edges of the coaster to really lock in the stitches. If you don’t have any Fray Check handy, you can smear some clear glue along the edges. You only need to use a tiny bit.
What shape will you be using for your coasters? We’d love to hear what you made – leave us a message in the comment section below. Happy Sewing!