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Many years ago, I bought some posh glass coasters for our home (back when they were in fashion). I still use them today! Lately, though I’ve been thinking that they look a little bland and I guess I could go out and buy some new coasters… but where would be the fun in that?!
I decided to make some removable coaster covers that I can take off and wash when I need to. I had some lovely fabric with little robins on and thought this would look perfect for the winter season to dress up our table decor.
If you fancy making something similar for your own home, you’ll need the following materials:
- Fabric of your choice – fat quarters or scraps are perfect for this project. Check out these lovely fabrics I’ve found!
- Embroidery thread.
- Embroidery needle.
- A hard square coaster.
- Pencil and ruler.
- Fabric scissors.
Step 1 – Prepare your fabric
Excuse the “Hello Kitty” ruler you can see in this photo – it’s my daughter’s, but I confess I use it all the time! Place your old coaster onto the back of the fabric and draw around it with the pencil, leaving a trim of around 1.5cm. I used the ruler to make sure I got nice and straight edges.
Fold the fabric in half and cut out the square that you’ve just drawn, so that you end up having two pieces that are exactly the same size.
Step 2: Sew blanket stitch around the edge
I love blanket stitch! It’s such a pretty decorative stitch. If you’re not sure how to do blanket stitch, check out this video tutorial from Red Ted Art.
If you’re ready to get going, you’ll now need to place your fabric squares together, so that the fabric is the right side up on both pieces and then sew around three of the edges, making sure that your thread is passing through both squares of fabric.
When you get to the fourth side, pull the fabric squares apart and only sew blanket stitch on the top piece. You can do the bottom piece if you like, but the fabric squares need to be separate from each other, as if you’re creating a little pillowcase.
Removable coaster covers – done!
Once you’ve finished, simply slot your old coaster inside. Your “new” coaster will be rigid and sturdy and you can now make a few more to use as part of your table decor. The best part is that you can just change them around whenever you like and hand wash them if you need to!
To take your table decor one step further, why not create a matching table runner, napkins and maybe some cutlery holders too?
I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial. If you did, please take a moment to share this post online – thank you! Before you go, do check out some of my other winter / Christmas related crafts below:
- How to Make Beaded Angel Earrings
- How to Make a Needle Felted Robin
- Rudolph Reindeer Bracelet Pattern
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