A few weeks ago, I posted a video story highlight of a scrappy coaster DIY. I thought a post with step-by-step photographs would be a good compliment for anyone interested in trying it out for themselves. It's a really easy, practical, and fun project that you could finish in less than an hour. If you're a quilter or sewist, I bet you won't need to buy anything to make these. I also think it's a great gift item to give a set of 4-6.
Scraps of fabric at least 1 inch in width
Scrap quilt batting
Glassware for tracing (I used a wide mouth mason jar)
A sewing machine
Step One: Trace Your Felt & Batting
I'm sure you could use a specific measurement, but I used a wide mouth mason jar for all of my measurements and tracing. I used the widest open mouth to trace out 6 circles from my felt. These will be the bottom portion of the coasters. Then flip the jar over and use the slightly smaller bottom for 6 batting circles for the middle. Really it's just to give it a quilted look, but also just to absorb any moisture from your glass.
Step 2: Prepare Your Fabric
Cut your fabric into strips approximately 1 inch in width. I think the skinnier you make them, the more color you can incorporate into the coasters. You could go for more of a color blocked look by using wider strips, but I like using as many scraps as possible in each coaster.
Step Three: Layer your Fabric and Pin in Place
These coasters are like a little sandwich: scraps, batting, and then felt on the bottom. Even with pinning, the strips may shift a bit while sewing so little extra layering can go a long way.
Step Four: Sew!
First sew back and forth across your strips of fabric until there's enough quilting to meet your preference. As coasters, the quilting is really more decorative so there's no wrong way to do it. Straight lines, curves, whatever floats your boat! Once you've gone across the strips enough so they are secure in place, trim the excess around the edges and sew in overlapping circles around the edges of the coasters. I usually go around each one about 3-4 times.
Step Five: Trim
Trim the excess fabric and threads so you have roughly even circular coasters. And that's really it! Again, these are not structural so as long as they look neat and function to you, then they are done!
I have now made these on a few occasions and they always come out great and are finished quite quickly.
If you decide to make these, please let me know and share them with me!