Fancy personalising your room that little bit more? Why not make your own completely unique cup coasters?
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Fabric (I’ve used three different ones: felt and cotton)
- Circle template (diametre of 12cm)
- Fabric shears
- Sewing machine
Our first step is to cut out all of our fabric pieces. I will be making a total of two coasters. We will need two circles of felt with a diametre of 12cm and 8 small squares measuring 6cm x 6cm.
When my coasters are assembled, I want the different fabrics to be opposite in a kind of checkered pattern. To do this, match one of the blue squares up with one cream square. Position the squares so that the right sides are facing each other and take this to the machine.
Machine stitch down one of the sides so the two squares are joined. Once it is stitched, open it out and flatten down the seam. Do the same step with the remanding 6 squares until you have 4 pairs of 2’s.
Take two of the pairs and pin them together with the front of the fabric facing inwards, you also want to make sure the same coloured squares are positioned opposite! Once you have machine sewn the pairs together, open the seams out and flatten them down.
Now lay your checkered square over the top of one of the felt circles and pin them together (make sure all of your stitching is facing upwards).
Take this to the sewing machine and stitch right around the edge of the circle. I have left a seam allowance of 1cm and have also left a gap of about 2cm so I can turn the little pocket through.
Once you have sewn the patchwork square to the felt, trim off the excess around the edges and remove the pins.
Turn the pocket through and poke the leftover fabric inside the opening and stitch it up using a little bit of cotton and a needle. You can leave the coaster like this or you can add a finishing touch.
Using a small running stitch, stitch around the edge of the top of the coaster. I have used a distance of around 0.5cm and it doesn’t matter if it’s a little wobbly like my stitching! Using the iron on them after does help them to keep their shape and also to correct any misshaping that went on!