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Quilted Coasters Tutorial

Updated on September 25, 2014
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Glimmer has been quilting for 25 years and writing about quilting for almost 5 years. She has won a number of awards for her work.

Quilted Coasters Tutorial
Quilted Coasters Tutorial | Source

I love easy sewing projects and these quilted coasters are definitely easy. They are quick too. These four coasters only took me one and a half hours to make, and that included taking the photos for this tutorial.

The best thing about this project is that you don't need many supplies, and what you do need, you probably have on hand.

Coasters make great gifts that can be customized to any décor or season. Buy holiday fabrics on sale and make a set for the following year, or celebrate a friend's new house by giving them a set in their favorite colors.

Just follow the simple steps provided and you will have a set of custom made coasters in no time.

Quilted coaster tutorial

The following directions make four quilted coasters that are approximately 4 1/4" by 4 1/4" square.

Supplies needed

  • Fabric - 100% cotton, pre-washed and pressed
  • Low loft batting
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Cutting board
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilter's ruler

Cut the fabric

Fun fabrics brighten any room when turned into quilted coasters.
Fun fabrics brighten any room when turned into quilted coasters. | Source
  1. Decide on the fabric you will be using and cut four strips 5" wide by 9" long.
  2. Cut four squares of batting 4 1/4" by 4 1/4" square.

Fold the fabric

Fold fabric in half, right sides together.
Fold fabric in half, right sides together. | Source

Fold the fabric, right sides together and press. It should measure 4 1/2" by 5".

Stitch the side seams

Sew down two sides.
Sew down two sides. | Source

Starting at the folded end, sew down the two sides, backstitching at the beginning and the end. Use a scant 1/4" seam.

Don't sew the end that is opposite to the folded end closed. You'll need that to be open to flip inside out and put the batting in.

Snip the corners

Snip all four corners.
Snip all four corners. | Source

To ensure sharp corners, snip off the corners as pictured. Clip off any threads as well.

Flip the fabric inside out

Flip the fabric inside out with the batting.
Flip the fabric inside out with the batting. | Source

Flip the fabric inside out with the batting inside. There are two different ways you can do this:

  • Method 1 - Flip the fabric inside out and then put the batting inside. Use a dull point to push out all of the corners. It will take some maneuvering to get the batting in all the way. The fabric should extend about a fourth of an inch past the batting on the open end.
  • Method 2 - Lay the batting on the fabric, centered between the side seams and as close to the fold as possible. Flip inside out while holding on to the batting. Smooth out and make sure batting is positioned correctly.

Pin the edges

Fold over open seam and pin.
Fold over open seam and pin. | Source

Fold the open seam over to the inside and pin all around the opening. Make sure to cover the batting on one side. Then pin together opening and prepare to sew.

Sew around the edges

Sew around the entire edge of the coaster.
Sew around the entire edge of the coaster. | Source

Using a very scant fourth of an inch, sew around the entire edge of the coaster, beginning and ending with a few back stitches. Remove the pins.

Quilt the coaster

Quilt the coaster in a pattern of your choice.
Quilt the coaster in a pattern of your choice. | Source

Using a pattern of your choice, sew the centers of the coasters. For this set I chose four different patterns to add some whimsy and interest.

Quilted coasters make great gifts

From beginners, to people with years of sewing experience, these quilted coasters are a quick and easy project.

Next time you are invited to a party, bring a set of these great coasters as a hostess gift. Your friends will be delighted.

Quilted Coasters Tutorial
Quilted Coasters Tutorial | Source

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes, well.....I'm here for support of my friend. I doubt seriously that I will be making coasters anytime soon. :) Good instructions and tutorial. I hope this finds you happy and healthy.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Well I appreciate the support even though I know you won't be making them. I'm impressed you read these hubs! Thanks and hope you are well.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      these are very cute...and they look so decorative and you can wash them. Voting up and pinning.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Carol. Quick question...are you able to pin anything today? I have tried to pin a couple of things from hubpages and when I go to pinterest it's blank or has a little icon on my Pinterest page. I'm wondering if it's my photos or something. Thanks and thanks for the support.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      So far not a problem...

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks. I'll have to check my photos or something. Ugh.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. So classy.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Love these. I use coasters every day (actually they are cloth napkins :). this is definitely a project my sister and I will do together now that she is living in Florida.

      Voted up and shared.

      Angels are on the way to you :) ps

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      What a great idea. Coasters always come in handy and you are so right about giving these as gifts. Easy to follow tutorial, well done.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks Martin!

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      J. Anne 4 years ago

      Very cute! Great way to use up scraps from other projects.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the instructions. I've been wanting to try quilting for some time. These coasters look like a good project to start with!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Thanks for this great hub; maybe on to share with my grandkids !!I vote up and share.

      Eddy.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi pstraubie - I use coasters all the time too. It is ingrained in my daughter because I hate rings on my wood furniture. I like changing them up to change the mood of a room. Thanks for the comments and support!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Gypsy48. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and liked the project. This is such a fun one to do.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      sarcasticdomestic - great name! Thanks for reading. It's definitely a good one for scraps. Once I've done a few, they really are easy and I can get a whole bunch done at once.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This is definitely a good project to start with AliciaC. Fun to make and useful too. I always like things that can be made quickly. Thanks so much for the nice comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Eddy - Don't know how old your grandkids are, but I am all for teaching them how to sew. They could make them with all kinds of fun fabrics. Thanks for reading!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      These are so useful! A couple of years ago our craft club made fabric coasters for our local nursing home residents to put under their water jugs - they're great! Love your choice of fabric and easy-to-follow instructions! Voted up and pinned!

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      These coasters look great and your tutorial is very easy to follow. A good way to make use of leftover material. Thanks for sharing a useful idea.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great tutorial, well explained with pictures. Easy to follow. The coasters look decorative and beautiful!! Useful hub, voted up.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much Stephanie! I love that idea of making them for nursing homes! I volunteer at a local retirement community and we are always looking for ideas for the residents. Never thought about coasters for those in the nursing section. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate the comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it tebo. This project is definitely a good way to use up scraps. Thanks for reading.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you Vellur - I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate the votes.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      These coasters look beautiful and this is another of your excellent tutorial hubs. Voted up and awesome.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thanks so much rajan. I appreciate your kind comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Very nice tutorial on making these pretty and useful coasters. Something I plan to do more of when I retire. Thanks for the lesson.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'm not a quilter so this would be challenging for me, but your step-by-step instructions make it seem doable. I love the fabric you chose and the neat look of your coasters. Voted up!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I appreciate it teaches. I like that they are useful too and fun to give as gifts. I've made some football team ones for fans in our family and they liked them. Thanks for reading.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Fabulous idea, Glim!! Useful, because we do not want the stains from drinks on our tables. Thanks for sharing!

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Great instructions for making these quilted coasters. Well written and the photos provide a good visual of your instructions.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Thank you vespa! These are simple so even people that don't sew can do them fairly easily. I picked that fabric because it's was such a pop of color. Thanks for reading and hope you are well.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Hi Michelle - I have a couple of old wooden tables that are covered with stains so we now have coasters everywhere. They really make a difference. Thanks for reading.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Angelo52 - I appreciate you nice comments and thank you for reading my hub. Thanks.

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      shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland

      These look awesome. Definitely sharing!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks so much for your support shin_rocka04. Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      These look really cute and you are so clever, I probably won't even try I am useless at this sort of thing, but they are great! lol!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      They look easy and I love absorbent coaster instead of the stuff that stick to your glass and drips all over you. Thanks for sharing this. Up and sharing.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Very cute I need to make some of those. I should sew some while I'm quilting. I have been quilting all week trying to get quilts for the family done. I agree with Jackie Lynnley I like absorbent coaster. Voted up.

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      Mary 3 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Great hub, voted up and shared, these are really cute, thanks for giving me a new project idea to try.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thank you Nell! I think you should give it a try. They are easy and fun. Apologies that my reply is so late. I have been busy dealing with hospitals and nursing homes with my family.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I appreciate it Jackie. I hate it when the coaster sticks to the bottom of the glass and then goes crashing down on floor. That is why these are so much fun. Thanks for the nice comments.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi moonlake. This is definitely something you could sew while quilting. It's a great way to use up scraps! Thanks for commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi prettynutjob30 - I hope you enjoy the project. I like making things that I can use around the house. Somehow the project seems more worthwhile.

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      twig22bend 3 years ago

      What a great gift giving idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Hi twig22bend - Thanks so much for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Nicely done, and your examples are inspiring. Thanks for sharing this idea and providing the tutorial here!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Thanks RTalloni - Glad you liked it. These would make nice quick Christmas gifts.

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      Daisy Mariposa 23 months ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Glimmer,

      What a terrific idea! I'm sharing your article with my followers on HubPages and a Facebook group to which I belong. I'm tweeting this, too.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 23 months ago

      Hi Daisy - Glad you enjoyed this project and many thanks for all of the support! I use these coasters all the time. Have a great day!

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