Hi everyone! I’m more than excited to be here at Pretty Handy Girl with Brittany and to be joining the amazing team of contributors. Are you enjoying the fabulous Très Frugal DIY gift ideas so far?
I’m Jessica and I blog at Decor Adventures, a place for you to find furniture makeovers, home improvement projects, craft and lots more DIY and home decor inspiration. Not to mention how to survive decorating a 113 year old house.
I’m really looking forward to sharing my ideas for how you can make your home a beautiful and meaningful place too. Today I’m going to start with an easy and super cheap fabric project, DIY fabric coasters. I love sewing and find it to be a relaxing yet productive activity. When I’m done making something like a table runner or reupholstering an ottoman I always try to think of what I can do with the leftover fabric. These small coasters were just the solution. Plus they make a great gift idea and tis the season for giving something specially made by you. Your family will love them, I promise. Here is how to make DIY fabric coasters.
- Scissors or cutting mat and rotary cutter
- Measuring tape or ruler
- Pencil or disapearing ink sewing marker
- Sewing machine and thread
- Batting for in between is optional, but I did use it
1. Gather your fabric. This can be leftovers you may have or remnants from other projects. Almost every fabric store has discontinued samples or perhaps you can use pretty napkins or pillowcases?
2. Cut the fabric into 5 1/2 inch squares. (Most coasters are 4 inches square, so I though 5 1/2 would give me enough room for error and seams, but be big enough for a large mug of mulled cider or tea.)
3. For these coasters I also cut a 5 inch square piece of thin batting for inside. This is optional, but I think it gives the coaster some nice cushion for a glass, plus it can collect any condensation.
4. To get started sewing, place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and the piece of batting on top. When you sew all the pieces, then turn them inside out, you’ll end up with a sandwich of fabric-batting-fabric.
5. Sew around 3 + 1/2 sides of the coaster to connect all the layers of fabric. Remember this is when the fabrics are right sides together and the batting is on top.
6. Trim off the extra fabric just outside the sewn line, it will make the coaster less bulky when you turn it right sides out.
7. Turn the coaster inside out through the unsewn opening.
8. Tuck the opening fabric in to make a clean edge and sew the coaster around all four sides. You can use a contrasting thread for this or a fun decorative stitch.
And you are done! It’s sew simple 🙂 I made four of these with the same blue fabric, but I could see them with a different fabric on each side. Or perhaps a set with coordinating fabric. Have fun picking your own fabrics.
I’ve already made a few sets to give away. I’m sure you can finish a set of four in the time it takes to watch an episode of HGTV’s Income Property. Don’t you love the makeovers on there?
If you’re looking for some other fabric project ideas, come see mine here. I’ve recently finished a birch tree fabric table runner, a knock off cowhide pillow, and an ottoman. Or in the sewing project gallery.
I look forward to seeing you again here at Pretty Handy Girl. Happy November!
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