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Cheryl from A Pretty Cool Life: Quilted Coasters!

Good day, friends!

I’m Cheryl from a pretty cool life.  I am the coolest, most well liked, and most knowledgeable blogger around. All of my projects always turn out perfectly and my house always looks fantastic. My children are perfectly behaved and pose for the camera.  My husband is a model, who also adores doing housework.

So now that the introductions are over, let’s get down to business…

Okay–totally kidding. I’m just an ordinary, stay at home mom to 2 little boys, ages 3 and 1.  I try to work on some kind of project everyday, usually while they’re sleeping. I love a little of everything–sewing, crafts, building, baking–you get the idea. And I love blogging about my attempts at all of those things. It is so cool that Jen let me post over here.

Today I’m going to share an easy sewing project: quilted coasters.

I recently made very similar quilted pot holders, which made me think about something quilted in miniature.  Coasters!

These are something you can whip up in less than an hour, make a thoughtful (but super easy!) gift, and only require the most basic of sewing skills (Straight lines only, I promise!).
To make a set of 6 coasters, you’ll need 12 squares of fabric, 4.5 inches each.  Keep in mind that 6 of your fabric squares will be the tops of the coasters and the other 6 will be the bottoms.  I chose bold prints for the tops and a charcoal gray for the bottoms.  Make them match, don’t match, pick only one fabric, pick lots of pattern–whatever’s your style, go for it!

You’ll also need 6 squares of 4.5 inch batting.  Pick something super thin.  I used a fusible batting, which I love for small craft projects. 
Iron the batting to the wrong side of the back fabric.  If you don’t use fusible batting, skip this step.

Pin, wrong sides together, the top fabric to the bottoms with batting.  If you didn’t use fusible batting pin your layers like this:  wrong sides of top and bottom fabric together, with batting on top. 


Sew around each side, leaving a pretty wide gap for turning.  Make sure to back stitch.

After sewing the squares, clip each corner, being careful not to snip the line of stitches.

Turn the squares right side out. 


Poke out the corners.  I use a knitting needle, but chopsticks work great, too.  Don’t use a pen or pencil or anything sharp because you’ll poke right through the corner of the coaster.


Iron the squares.  Be sure to press in the opening.

After everything’s ironed, topstitch along the edges of the coaster.  (Again, be sure the opening is stitched shut.)  No need to backstitch, just continue sewing over a few of your first stitches.

You could stop after topstitching along the edges, but to get the quilted look, line up your presser foot with your first line of stitching, and sew around, forming another square.

Continue doing this towards the center. 
Be careful when you come to the corners, so as to not ruin the graduated squares of stitching.  Go slowly when you are approaching the corner, and with your needle in the down position, turn the coaster.  After a few lines of stitching, your estimating skills will be good enough to gauge when it’s time to stop stitching and turn. 

After you’ve finished stitching, trim your loose threads and you’re done. 

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice cup of tea resting atop one of your new coasters!


Thanks so much for guest posting for me Cheryl! I appreciate it so much! If you haven’t visited Cheryl’s blog, go over and check it out. She makes the most wonderful creations!

PS — I made it to my destination! I am so tired right now, but will post the first clue later on today!!!

Have a wonderful day!


  1. mandylifeboats says:

    could it be any easier, love it, thank u.

  2. Darling! And such a great tutorial! I loved the fabrics you used.

  3. Real Life Reslers says:

    I love the coasters….now I just need a sewing machine! lol

  4. Three under Three says:

    Thank you so much for the idea! I am new to sewing, and I tried this out this afternoon (making a potholder) and I am so proud of myself! I think these would make great gifts!

  5. Stephanie says:

    I need a sewing machine. These are so cute. They look a lot like the coasters I already have – but I didn't make them.

  6. Those look great! The idea has come to mind before, but I guess noW I really need to do it!

  7. CosmoGirl Carla says:

    Love this idea! I'm going to totally "craft-lift" this idea. Thanks for sharing!

  8. This are super cool! I'm making some for sure!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Lacie @ Creative Attempts says:

    great tutorial!! I can't wait to get the clues about where you are!!

  10. I absolutely love these coasters! Awesome easy project perfect for gifting! A huge bonus is that they would be easily washable!

    If you make them bigger I bet they'd make great place mats too! Thank you!

  11. Those are absolutely adorable!! You really did an awesome job :) thank you for sharing

  12. Sherry Goodloe says:

    Love these! And thank you for the tutorial for those of us that are machine challenged *smiles*

  13. mustangkayla says:

    I love your sense of humor! Too fun! Love the coasters! Great tutorial…thank you!

  14. peckette says:

    So easy and such a cute idea! Love it!

  15. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    Nice to "meet" you. I love the coasters, but I don't even do the most basic sewing…a button is a big deal for me!

    Jen-can't wait to start getting clues!

  16. These coasters are so cute!!!

  17. These are so cute!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! I love that it's ok if my daughter plays with them too! I'll be making these very soon!

  18. Connie Weiss says:

    I love it! This makes me what to figure out what's wrong with my sewing machine….

  19. love coasters especially cute coasters – and I can totally use scrap material

  20. 1 Funky Woman says:

    My coffee cup looks so bare, I think it needs a friend, how cute those are!

  21. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    Such a cute and easy idea! I think my sewing projects would turn out a lot better if I took the time to iron stuff! Your coasters look so perfect:)

  22. Wow, I LOVE those!!

    I can't wait for things to calm down here a bit so I can do some little projects.

    Have a great weekend! :)

  23. Ruby Red Slippers says:

    Love this!
    I am actually learning to knit, and we are knitting coasters-this is right up my alley!

  24. OMG, these are so super cute…and easy, too. I have been wanting to sew lately and now I know what to make! Thanks so much!!
    Peace & Love,

  25. Amanda Formaro says:

    What a great tutorial. I don't sew much, but I could definitely do these :)

  26. Very cute coasters!
    Good Morning Jen,
    I just dropped by to let you know your blog brightens my day! Please visit my blog and grab a award under the awards label. Thanks!

  27. Sonja @ Craft-Werk says:

    Now, that would be the perfect introduction to quilting for me. Great way of using up scraps, too. Cool idea!

  28. Super cute coasters! They would make a great gift!