- Two contrasting fabrics for front & one for back
- Fusible lightweight batting
- Rotary cutter, mat & plastic ruler
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
- Hand sewing needle
- Iron & Board
Wash & press your fabrics first. Cut strips from two different fabrics 2 1/2″ wide by at least 6″ long. (A 6″ long strip set will make one coaster.) If you are making a set of four coasters, you can cut longer strips or use multiple coordinating fabrics.
Stitch two contrasting strips right sides together along the long edge using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam allowance to one side (preferably towards the darker fabric).
Cut these pieced strips into 2 1/2″ wide sections as shown.
Sew two of these assembled sections right sides together matching up center seam and placing contrasting fabrics together to form a checkerboard square using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance.
Press this assembled block, pressing seam to one side.
Cut a 4 1/2″ block from another fabric for the coaster back. Cut a 4 1/4″ block from the fusible batting.
Center batting on coaster back with wrong sides together and fuse. (Fusible side of batting is placed against the wrong side of the fabric.)
Stitch the backing section to the front block right sides together leaving about 1 1/2″ opening on one side for turning.
Clip corners and turn right side out. Press coaster, turning the opening edges in to match the seam line.
Stitch opening closed with a Ladder Stitch. The Ladder Stitch is done by forming stitches directly across from each other and through the fabric folds so they aren’t visible on the outside. Read my Ladder Stitch Photo Tutorial to learn more.
Top stitch all around coaster 1/8″ from edge.