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How to Make Scrappy DIY Fabric Coasters

Got fabric scraps? Learn how to make fabric coasters as a set of 4!

As a long time quilter, fabric scraps are in no shortage in my house. Fabric coasters are one of my favorite scrappy projects to make. Making quilted fabric coasters is super fun, pretty easy, and fabric coasters make amazing gifts too.

This DIY fabric coaster tutorial will show you the step-by-step process for making 4 coasters using wonky improv quilting techniques with scraps from your fabric stash.

Are you ready to make DIY Coasters with Fabric? Making quilted fabric coasters is fairly simple. Learn how to sew coasters in this video quilting tutorial:

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How to Make 4 Scrappy Fabric Coasters

Making DIY fabric coasters is fairly simple. First, let’s gather the supplies. To follow this tutorial, you’ll want to pick out quilting cotton scraps that are at least 10″ long and around 2″ wide. Picking out fabric scraps that are a little bit longer is always better to have a bit more wiggle room later on.

Materials:

Quilting essentials, basic tools for quilting, rotary cutter, thread, quilting ruler

Piecing the Improv Patchwork Panel

Before you start sewing or piecing your scraps together, trim them into wonky strips. (If you want more of a visual for how to cut them, see the wonky strips in action in the YouTube video above.) The goal is for the fabric strips to have varying widths and be skinnier at one end than they are at the other.

Stitch your wonky strips together using a 1/4″ seam allowance on your sewing machine. Continue adding strips until you have a panel that is at least 10″ long and 10″ wide. Square up the panel and cut into 4 – 5″ squares.

Constructing the mini Quilt Block Coasters

Each coaster will have one later of batting, one layer of backing, and one pieced top. Layer them in this order: batting, backing (right side up), and then pieced panel (right side down). Pin in place at all 4 corners. Sew around all 4 edges, leaving a 2″ opening on one side.

Extra Tip: It is not recommended to leave your opening on the side that has raw seams. (unlike the photo shown below) If you make the mistake I made here, your seams will start to come undone when you turn it, trust me on this.

Trim the excess off the corners, and turn the piece right-side-out through the opening. Use a sharp tool to push out the corners – but not too sharp as to not damage the fabric. Press flat.

Starting where the opening is, sew all the way around the edges of the coaster. Backstitch or stitch in place to tack down the threads.

You can also add a fun machine quilting design over each of the fabric coasters if you want to! The possibilities are endless and I hope you really make these each your own!

If you enjoyed this wonky improv sewing project, check out my Improv Quilting Pinterest Board for lots more fun! Save your favorite projects on Pinterest so you can find them again later!

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