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Christmas Gifts for Friends - Quilted Coasters

Updated on June 10, 2011

Quilted Cinnamon Coasters

Need more ideas for Christmas presents (or any other occasion)? Homemade gifts are a great way to show your love without spending a fortune, and in some cases you won’t have to spend a dime.

If you are a quilter, you’ll most likely already have all the materials needed at hand for this project and if not, then the expense will be minimal. The original instructions were lifted from the Martha Stewart website and then modified a little for simplicity.

Materials Needed

  • 4 to 6 pieces of matching fabric cut in 4.5 x 10” rectangles
  • Same number of 4 x 4” squares of high-loft cotton batting
  • Walking foot
  • Powdered Cinnamon

Note: If you never use high-loft batting, just double up with the thinner batting you already have.

1) Make the Coaster Pocket

Fold one of the 4.5 x 10” rectangles in half, right sides together and sew ¼ “ seams on the two long sides leaving the top open. Clip the corners close to the thread and turn right side out, making sure to roll the seams and corners out with your fingers.

2) Stuff the Pocket with Batting

Work the batting into the shell by folding it in half, inserting it into the shell and unfolding it inside. It helps to grasp the top and shake it down. Make sure the batting is down all the way into the bottom corners as well. Sprinkle the inside on both sides of the batting with cinnamon.

3) Tuck in Top Edges

Fold the top edges down inside with one side enveloping the batting. Your Coaster pockets should now be perfectly square.

4) Quilt Coasters Pockets

The top stitching is done with a walking foot in a continuous square spiral beginning at the top open edge and ending in the middle. Use the foot as a guide along the previous stitching as you move toward the middle.

Continue with the rest of the pockets until you have them all finished. A set of 4 can be made in about an hour – quick and simple! A hot coffee or chocoate sitting on one of these coasters will bring out lovely wafts of cinnamon that will have everyone wondering where it’s coming from:-)

Here is a PDF version of these instructions to print out if desired.


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      bloggering 5 years ago from Southern California

      Ha-ha...I totally understand. No problem :-)

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      I have to apologize for saying "Hit" in my comment. Of course, I meant "Hub." The "Hit" is from one of my survey websites.

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      bloggering 5 years ago from Southern California

      You're welcome Joaniebaby and thanks for stopping by! I'll keep a look out for your pattern...I'd like to check it out.

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      joaniebaby 5 years ago

      This HIT reminded me of a quilted coaster set that I received from my sister-in-law some years ago. Hers was completely different and I am going to do a HIT with her pattern. The idea of cinnamon on the batting really appealed to me and I will have to try that. Thanks for this great idea.