Easy DIY Flannel Coasters are fun and easy sewing project that makes a lovely handmade gift.
Happy Fall! I absolutely LOVE this season. I love everything about it … well …. except the fact that it leads to winter, but everything else is lovely this time of year. The trees are gorgeous. The weather is just a bit chilly. You can finally bring out the sweaters and boots and wool blankets. There’s something about this season that is just so … cozy.
We are going minimal on the fall decor around our house this year, but we did make a couple changes. We’re going with a neutral palette inside and out with lots of black, white, and grey. One way I attempted to up the cozy factor in our home was with some wool blankets, flannel throw pillows, and these DIY Flannel Coasters:
They are the perfect for your hot apple cider, pumpkin spice lattes, or hot chocolate. They also help soften up your coffee table, side table, or wherever else you decide to throw ’em. They really do add that comfy, fall-into-winter feeling to your home … in just a very slight way.
Now … I know you may be thinking that flannel as coasters doesn’t seem like a great idea. Hello stains, right?!? It’s true … if you use a flannel with light colors (like the white in mine above), and you use it for any beverage other than water … you probably will get some stains (especially if you’re clumsy and/or a messy drinker like me). BUT … good news: they’re easily washable (and dry-able)! Also … they’re reversible, so just flip ’em over for a quick fix! They’re also beyond easy to make and can help use up any scrap fabric (or old flannel shirts???) you have lying around.
Here’s what you’ll need for each coaster:
- Two 5″ squares of flannel
- One 5″ square of felt (this will be hidden on the inside, so color doesn’t matter!)
- Sewing machine and coordinating or contrasting thread – your choice!
- An iron (ideally)
STEP BY STEP
And here’s how to make ’em:
- Cut your three squares (two of the flannel, one of the felt)
- Stack these three squares on top of one another IN THIS ORDER from bottom up:
- One piece of flannel FACE UP (right side up … if your fabric has a ‘right’ side)
- And finally, the second piece of flannel FACE DOWN.
- Pin your fabric sandwich in place and begin sewing around the edges with a ~1/4″ seam allowance. One one side of the square, you’ll want to leave a gap to allow you to flip the coaster right side out. I suggest leaving about 2 1/2″ in the middle of one side (not on a corner). The white dashes in the picture above are highlighting where you should sew. Be sure to backstitch both ends of your gap.
- Next, trim any excess fabric from around your seam. When you’re trimming, however, try to leave more fabric around the gap … since you’ll be tucking this inside and top stitching to close gap.
- One more tip when trimming … leave the flannel fabric around the gap (like I just described above), but trim the felt down as shown (so the gap doesn’t get bulky when you top stitch it closed).
- Next, we’ll be flipping the coasters right-side-out. To do this, open up the coaster at the gap … between the two flannel pieces.
- Flip it right side out!
- If you flipped correctly, the felt should be tucked inside and there should be a little extra fabric at the gap.
- Tuck that extra fabric into the gap as shown and iron in place.
- To finish (and to close that gap), simply top stitch around the coaster on all four sides. Here’s where you can choose a contrasting thread color for fun.
That’s it! Each one only takes a couple minutes. I like that they don’t look ‘perfect’ when they’re done. A little shabby chic, cozy comfort on my coffee table!
Don’t they just make you want to sip hot apple cider by the fireplace while reading a good book?!?
Thanks for having me here today! I hope your Fall is off to a fabulous start! I’ll see you back here in a couple months for more DIY and/or craftiness! In the meantime, I’d love for you to stop over and say ‘hello’ at View From The Fridge.