Hi! Stephanie from Swoodson Says, sharing a round-up of free coaster tutorials and patterns. Coasters are fun to sew for a bunch of reasons – they are great for busting scraps, everyone can use them, they are quick to sew, and there is lots of room for personalization and embellishment. It looks much more polished to have your guests place their drinks on a fun coaster instead of a stack of magazines!
A set of four makes a nice gift by itself, but you can also easily pair them with placemats, a bottle of wine, or a fun mug. One of my favorite things about fabric coasters is that you can stick them in the wash – no need to worry about stains. In my house, we have a coaster embroidered with each person's initial – by placing our glasses on the correct coasters we avoid mixing up classes or losing where we placed them. Fewer dishes to wash and less mess, on top of a coaster's regular function! The tutorial for the embroidered, dish saving coasters are included in the round-up, or you can go straight there.
In addition to using up scraps easily, coasters can also be a great place to mix mediums. Felt and fabric always look nice; suede and leather make perfect non-slip backings. Leather can be pricey – my favorite way to “shop” for it is to upcycle from jackets and skirt (more tips on upcycling in my post here). Working with plain cotton? Jazz it up by adding trims like ric-rac, piping, or bias tape. It's easy to experiment with such small projects; if you don't like how it turns out you aren't out much time or effort!
There are all kinds of coaster ideas out there – I've included quilted, hand sewn, circular, hexagonal, and square. From cutesy and embellished to modern and minimalist, there is a coaster for everyone in this list: