Tuesday, October 19

Reversible Fabric Coasters - TUTORIAL

I haven't done a tutorial in quite some time, so here's a fun and easy one that even sewing newbies can handle! Make sets of four, six or twelve - it's up to you. These make wonderful housewarming gifts or stocking fillers. I'm making some for gifts on St. Nikolaus Day. You can make them as plain or colourful as you like! I chose a selection of fabrics from Moda's Fandango collection in aqua.

In this tutorial I have made a set of four. You will need:

8 x 11 cm (approx. 4.5") squares of cotton or thin linen fabric
4 x 11 cm (approx. 4.5") squares of medium fusible interfacing
matching sewing machine thread
fabric scissors
soluble fabric marker pen

Step one

cut the fabric into the required amount of squares

Step two

on a medium cotton setting, iron on the interfacing onto the wrong side of half of the fabric squares. Take the remaining half and place them right sides together, matching up all four edges and pin. Using a narrow seam (0.5 cm) sew along the four edges leaving a 5 cm (approx. 2") opening on one side. Be sure to backstitch the beginning and end.

Step three

clip the corners and carefully turn the coasters right side out. Push out the corners with a blunt pencil or chopstick. Iron flat.

Topstitch along the edge using a small zig-zag stitch, thereby closing the open seam. Backstitch and snip off the remaining thread. Voilà! Finished!
reverse side


  1. so cute. I'll try it when I have time

  2. Fabulous tute Duni! You've given me some nice holiday ideas:D

  3. I see Christmas presents coming together :) thanks for the good idea

  4. Those are great. I love the colors and the patterns. I'm bookmarking your tutorial because this would be a great Christmas gift. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  5. I can't sew for anything but wanted to say that the fabric you used is very beautiful!

    Hugs to Sammy!

  6. This is cute! You're really an artist! I love your choice of fabric (I've told you that already, right?!) Keep the tutorials coming! I'm definitely gonna try this one out!!!

  7. That's a great little project and something that even I could manage with my limited sewing skills! Thanks for posting it - the coasters would make great little gifts for Christmas.

    Wishing all the very best for a full recovery from your op. I hope that all is well.

    Best wishes,


  8. Cute idea:) I think I might be sewing retarded though. Weird...because I sew, but everything I do is by hand, because, well, embarrassingly enough, my sewing machine is broken but I'm too novice to know if it's broken, broken or if it's just maladjusted. Sigh...so I just have left it sit for years while I sew everything by hand. Sometimes I wonder what's wrong with me....

  9. These are beautiful! You would be such a talented teacher. I would have loved to make these when I was teaching. More importantly. I think the students would have liked it :)
    I received the laundry bag and lovely gift yesterday. What a nice surprise! I love, love, love everything! I would like to do a post sooner or later on all the gorgeous items I've order from you with your approval of course. I hope you are doing great!

  10. Those are so cute and actually look like something I could use and make as gifts. I'm really wishing I had a sewing machine this week.

  11. ooo those are easy. nice tutorial Duni. hope you're doing well and getting ready for st nicks day.

    tell me is it any different in your area or is it still the same old blackface? I know americans think it's racist but you have to struggle to find any other explanation - because truth be told, it is.

    Remember I'm still blogging at RecycledFrockery. be sure to add yourface to my google friend widget, as I've done here.

    Happy Holidays Mamm.


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