These fabric coasters are a simple braided design, inspired by fabric I found in Joann’s fabric remnants bin.
Every time I visit that store, first stop – the remnants bin. 75% off already discounted fabric! COUNT ME IN.
So, at this last visit to Joann’s I found a wonderful canvas like fabric and a green multiple tone fabric (pretty thick as well). I didn’t immediately know that coasters were going to be the project, I just let the fabric inspire me. Or maybe it was my husband who kept jokingly saying “we’re in a coaster crisis” everytime he sat down with a drink in the living room… either way, the outcome was these pretty braided fabric coasters.
What you’ll need for this project:
- Fabric (use thick fabric not thin, so that the coasters are thick enough to absorb the wetness without marking your table)
- Needle and thread
Cut a 60 inch long strip of fabric between 1.5 and 2 inches wide.
Then cut that strip into 3 thinner strips leaving them connected by about 1/2 inch of fabric at the end.
Braid the three together into one long braid. Sew the end together.
Start with your sewn together end in the middle and start coiling the braid around itself. On the bottom stitch it together with matching thread. Finish stitching the whole first braid into the coil, and stitch the finishing end to the bottom so it’s kind of hidden.
Then repeat the first few steps with the other color fabric (cut, braid, stitch end closed)
Then begin stitching around the second color, start attaching that braid right where the first one ended. Once the second color has gone around once, cut the braid, and stitch the end closed, and to the bottom of the coaster.
So far I’ve made 4 of these guys. I’ll probably make a couple more soon, but the 4 have helped solve the “coaster crisis” at the pineapple house. No more broken wooden coasters that stick to the bottom of the glass.
Do you use coasters in your house? Did you make them? I’d love to see your solutions to a “coaster crisis”.