How to Sew a Coaster

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Learn how to sew a coaster with a free sewing pattern. This beginner sewing project is a great handmade gift that uses up your scrap fabric.

The drink of choice for my husband and I is water. We just love it, and water is just better from a glass cup. To protect all of our surfaces we needed some coasters.

Coasters are so quick and easy to sew, and they are the perfect use of scraps. Make just one or a whole matching set to match your decor! Don’t miss the free pattern with lots of different coaster sizes at the end of the post!

How to Sew a Coaster

What fabric works best for a coaster?

The fabric that works best for a coaster is a woven cotton fabric like quilting cotton or cotton canvas. You want the fabric to be absorbent, easy to find and sew, and easy to wash and take care of.

Make sure you add both interfacing and fusible fleece in between the layers to give the fabric stability and extra absorption.

How to Sew a Coaster

If you making a matching set, you can make a matching fabric box to store the coasters when you aren’t using them. This is a fun set to use and decorate with.

This PDF downloadable pattern comes in 8 styles: circle, square, square with rounded corners, star, triangle, hexagon, octogan, and pentagon.

store coasters in fabric box

What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern designed on the computer and organized so that it can be printed on several letter or A4 size pieces of paper.

I love using PDF sewing patterns because if the pattern gets ruined or if my children or I changed sizes, I can always print it again. It’ll never be destroyed since I have a digital version!

How do you use a PDF sewing pattern?

Open the PDF on a computer and click print. When printing make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or no scaling so that the pattern prints at the correct size.

Once the pattern is printed it can be taped together to get the full size. Then the pattern can be cut for each pattern piece size or individual sizes can be traced so that the pattern can be used again and again. Learn how to use PDF sewing patterns.

How to Sew a Coaster

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How to Sew a Coaster

How to Sew a Coaster


  • Free coaster sewing pattern – get it at the end of the post
  • Scraps of quilting cotton or cotton canvas
  • Fusible fleece
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Do you just want the pattern and tutorial as a PDF? Get the pattern and tutorial for just $4. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it. Or get the Pattern Bundle with ALL the PDF tutorials!

coaster sewing supplies


Use the pattern to cut out two pieces of fabric for each coaster. OR cut out two shapes that are 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches for each coaster.

cut out squares that are 4.5 inch

Cut out one piece of fusible fleece and one piece of fusible interfacing for each coaster in the same shape and size.

cut out fusible fleece and interfacing 4.5 inches

Fuse the interfacing and fusible fleece to the back of the fabric pieces.

fuse fleece and interfacing to back of fabric

Pin one interfacing fabric to one fleeced fabric with right sides together.

place right sides together and pin

Sew around the shape 1/4 inch from the edge. Backstitch when you start and when you stop and leave a 2 inch hole for turning.

sew around edge at 1/4 inch and leave hole

Trim the corners to reduce the bulk.

trim corners

Turn the coasters right side out and poke out the corners with a point turner.

turn right side out and poke out corners

Press all the coasters flat making sure that the hole seam allowance is tucked inside when press.

press flat

Edgestitch around the coaster 1/8 inch from the edge to give a nice crisp edge and to close the hole. Sew another row of stitching 1/2 inch from the edge to give a quilted look. You finished!

sew two rows of stitching around edge

Get the Free Sewing Pattern here!

How to Sew a Coaster

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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