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How To Make A Colorful Cross Stitched Coaster With Yarn

Updated on January 19, 2012

Summer time is near and people will be entertaining friends and family. Why have boring mass produced coasters for your guests when you can make something colorful and fun? Coasters are a great way to keep drinks from making those unsightly rings on your table, which can be hard to clean if the beverage is not water. Just imagine if you have kids over at your house and they place a moisten glass of cola or chocolate milk on your beloved coffee table. If you have fun color coasters for them to use they will be more likely to actually place their glasses on top of these functional, but pretty little mats. The materials needed for this cross stitched coaster are:

  • a large eyed needle
  • multicolored yarn
  • plastic canvas mesh
  • scissors
  • a black permanent marker

Take a look at the steps below to see how I created this very festive nesting spot for your favorite drink.

Colorful cross stitched coasters are a nice touch.
Colorful cross stitched coasters are a nice touch.

Step One: Cut Out A Square of Canvas Mesh

Measure out the square piece for the coaster.
Measure out the square piece for the coaster.

Use a ruler to measure out a square of plastic canvas mesh that is four inches (10.16 centimeters) by four inches. I used a scrap piece of mesh that still had room after I cross stitched a Christmas candy cane, an American flag, and Valentine's Day heart. Use a black permanent marker to map out the dimensions of the square, and then cut along the lines with scissors.

Step Two: Secure The Yarn

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Secure the yarn to the plastic canvas mesh.Here I have secured the end piece of the yarn to the back of the coaster by cross stitching it in.
Secure the yarn to the plastic canvas mesh.
Secure the yarn to the plastic canvas mesh.
Here I have secured the end piece of the yarn to the back of the coaster by cross stitching it in.
Here I have secured the end piece of the yarn to the back of the coaster by cross stitching it in.

Secure the yarn to the back of the canvas mesh by leaving a few centimeters hanging out at the end. Sew in the part at the end to give the front and the back of the piece a clean look. Some people simply tie a knot at the end of the yarn and keep sew, but this makes the back of the cross stitched piece look messy. I prefer to sew in the ends of the yarn so the bottom of the coaster is as level as possible, which is very important if you will be sitting a drink on top of it.

Just think about the coaster at the store and keep in mind this are level on both sides and do not have a whole bunch of lumps and bumps. Of course with cross stitching both sides of the coaster will not be as uniform as if you had purchased a mass produced wood or plastic coaster, but it is best to make the piece as smooth as possible. When cross stitching try to make each stitch even and do not leave any too loose or too tight. I actually double stitch over each whole of the canvas mesh to make sure none of the plastic is showing.

Step Four: Double Cross Stitch The First Few Rows

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Here I am double cross stitching the first row.I went back and cross stitched over the border row.Here I have cross stitched a few rows and I am working my way up the piece.
Here I am double cross stitching the first row.
Here I am double cross stitching the first row.
I went back and cross stitched over the border row.
I went back and cross stitched over the border row.
Here I have cross stitched a few rows and I am working my way up the piece.
Here I have cross stitched a few rows and I am working my way up the piece.

One thing I like to do to fill up the mesh holes is by double cross stitching.  I first go across cross stitching from left to right ( that is just the way I like to do it), and then I go back over the row from right to left.  I love the effect of double cross stitch, which is especially star burst like with the multicolored yarn.

Step Five: Keep Cross Stitching

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Here four rows have been cross stitched.Beginning the fifth row.
Here four rows have been cross stitched.
Here four rows have been cross stitched.
Beginning the fifth row.
Beginning the fifth row.

As you work your way up the piece continue making even cross stitches.  Pull taughtly, but do not tug on the yarn so hard that it breaks the mesh squares.  A few times I have inadventently pulled too hard on the yarn and broke a square, which required extra stitching the cover up the broken part. 

Step Six: The Halfway Point

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Coaster almost half way cross stitched.Here I have reached about the half way point!
Coaster almost half way cross stitched.
Coaster almost half way cross stitched.
Here I have reached about the half way point!
Here I have reached about the half way point!

Once you have reached the half way point you can really begin to see your handiwork take shape. However, continue to make even cross stitches so the piece looks as uniform as possible. The good thing about canvas mesh is the ability to take out stitches if you are not satisfied with part of your handiwork.

Step Seven: Almost Finished

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Getting closer to complete.Here I have almost completed the cross stitched piece.
Getting closer to complete.
Getting closer to complete.
Here I have almost completed the cross stitched piece.
Here I have almost completed the cross stitched piece.

Step Eight: Enjoy Your New Coaster

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Here is a picture of the finished coaster.Coasters are like colorful little rugs you can place under your cups.  Thinks of coasters as dog beds for your glasses, and soon all of your drinking vessels will be wanting one.
Here is a picture of the finished coaster.
Here is a picture of the finished coaster.
Coasters are like colorful little rugs you can place under your cups.  Thinks of coasters as dog beds for your glasses, and soon all of your drinking vessels will be wanting one.
Coasters are like colorful little rugs you can place under your cups. Thinks of coasters as dog beds for your glasses, and soon all of your drinking vessels will be wanting one.

The cross stitched coaster is now ready to be used and enjoyed.  Have fun creating colorful coasters as gifts for family and friends, and this is the perfect activity for children.

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    • Ms._Info profile image

      Ms._Info 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Great idea. Your'e right, if the kids make it they will most likely use it. Great tutorial.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Great idea. The pictures`were very helpful. Thanks

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great idea! And you could use all kinds of yarns. Even beaded thread! Thanks, SweetiePie.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks reading and commenting ms. info and alekhouse.

      Frienda,

      The beaded thread is a very unique idea. I like it!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thanks. It could be a whole other hub! Maybe you can do one for us?

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      My mother made these coaster too---I loved them....Good article!

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Frieda,

      I will definitely keep your suggestion in mind for a future hub.

      Nancy,

      Glad to hear your mom is also making the cross stitched coasters.

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      babedoll50 8 years ago from Alberta

      I would never even be the slightest bit interested in making one of these but it is so amazing to see the great ideas and talents of the great hubbers here. Anyone looking to make one of these coasters should take a serious look.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thanks for stopping by babedoll to comment. We do have some great hubbers here on the site.

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      Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

      This is a great project! Thanks for sharing with us.

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you enjoyed it RGraf!

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Hey, your coaster looks great. I miss cross-stitching (haven't done it for over 2 years) and I wish the demands of my work didn't stop me from pursuing this hobby. Maybe I'll try this one day. Thanks for your hub!

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      emievil,

      I find the plastic canvas cross stitching is easy to do and go fast, if you ever are looking to get back into this craft. I appreciate your comments!

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      Purple Perl 8 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Explicitly explained with excellent pics! Great hub,SweetiePie!

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      SweetiePie 8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you enjoyed this hub Purple!

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      perfumelover 7 years ago

      wow haven't seen these in a long time. ;) great memories! good work here!

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      This is really pretty! Simple yet elegant! Voted up :)

      Thanks for Sharing

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      SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you, Wonder wool!

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      Susan Hazelton 13 months ago from Summerfield, Florida

      This is a terrific idea. I just happen to need some coasters. I think I will try this.

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      SweetiePie 12 months ago from Southern California, USA

      Cross stitch coasters are fun to make.

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