Coasters : 6 easy ways to make them (Sew & no sew methods)

DIY Coasters ; Tutorials to make cute round coasters to keep on table tops to prevent marks due to cold flasses and hot mugs.

make mug rugs

My table looks so neat and pristine in this picture – But it is a lie!

Usually, it has books, the laptop, papers, pens, fabric pieces, phone stand, tablet stand, teacups, water glasses, and the inevitable marks they leave behind, all over all the time.

I have swept aside everything for taking this picture. 

Teacups and cold glasses leave ugly round water marks on wood tables – on treated wood more than on original wood. And they are a pain to remove. 

Some refuse to disappear completely. Using mug rugs or coasters are the obvious answer.

Here are some easy ways to make them – by sewing and without sewing.


Basic coaster DIY mug rug diy sewing

This is a coaster with a bound edge. Any self indulgent sewist who loves to sew, would swear by this method – the fabric piece with a bound edge.

To make these, you can use a heavy weight fabric. I have used the fabric I made with small fabric scraps. You can checkout the post “make fabric from scraps” on how to make it. 

Cut out 4 inch diameter circles from fabric

Cut out two circles of diameter 4 inches.

Bind the edges of the coaster with bias binding tape and then use zig zag stitches to decorate the inside

Use a thin piece of bias binding tape to bind the edges. Keep the two circles together, right sides to the outside. Fold the short edge of your binding tape to the inside and start binding. Find tutorials to make bias binding tape and how to do bias binding.

Because it is a small circle, the curves make the binding somewhat (no, a lot) wrinkled(atleast for me) – I made satin stitches along the edge of the binding to hide these tiny wrinkles. The satin stitches made with tight zig zag stitches add an attractive lip along my coaster edge. 

Use denim scraps to make an easy coaster

denim scrap piece turned into coaster

This is my favourite. Denim looks fantastic against wood. Much better than the photograph.

To make this, cut out 4.5 inch circles – 2 of them, from old jeans which you have kept for such recycling ideas. You also need a 3.5 inch circle cut out from a cardboard- this will be kept inside your coaster. Take white color embroidery thread 2 strands and a sturdy hand sewing needle to make stitches.

cardboard circle piece kept inside bigger denim fabric pieces (2) ;

On one of  the denim pieces keep the cardboard you have cut out (3.5 inch circle). Mark along the outer edge with a chalk or pencil. It should be close to the outer edge. Keep the cardboard piece aside.

Now Keep the two denim pieces right sides to the outside.

Running stitches made along the mark

Start stitching the 2 circles together along the mark you have made – use back stitches. Check out the post on sewing backstitches here.

The cardboard piece inserted inside

Stop stitching when you have stitched half of your circle. Now insert the cardboard piece inside the denim pieces and resume your stitching along the edge.The cardborad is now nicely enclosed inside your pieces. 

When you have finished stitching, cut the extra edge outside the stitching line. 

Trim the rest

Glass placed over the home made easy denim fabric coaster

No-sew method of making a coaster 

No sew coaster with pretty fabric

If you are not ready to sew anything, you can still make a coaster. You need cardboard, fabric and a piece of felt.

You can use novelty fabric like the sequin fabric I have chosen, but ensure that fabric is not too bulky- the fabric has to be folded to the back and glued and too much texture will make it look too bulky at the edges and back.

Cut out your circle (3.5 inches diameter) from a cardboard. Cut your fabric a little bigger than the circle of cardboard. The extra edge would have to be folded to the back and glued there. So leave enough extra edge – but not too much that it cannot be neatly folded. 

Fabric bigger than the cardboard circle. Clip the extra allowance every 1/2 inch or so.

Keep the cardboard on the back of your fabric and clip the extra edge as in the picture below.

Turn the extra to the back and glue in place

Get a fast drying glue and turn the edges to the back piece and glue in place, each clipped edge piece at a time.You mayhave to overlap the edge pieces. Ensure that the front side is kept taunt against the cardboard, as you glue.

Cut the felt into a circle some 1/2 inch smaller than the cardboard circle.

Felt circle kept in the back and glued in place

Glue the felt circle on the back to hide the whole fabric folds. The felt also makes a nice matt No-slip surface for your coaster. 

diy coasters made with glitter fabric

Another easy coaster DIY

fabric circles cut to make coaster mug rugs

Cut out two 4 inch circles. Interface the pieces. 

Keep them together rightsides to the inside. Sew them together along the edge. Leave some space unstitched. 

The fabric circles kept rightsides to the inside and sewn along the outside mark
Mark the coaster circle on the back of the fabric; Place the 2 fabrics rightsides to the inside. Sew along the mark. Leave 2 inch unstitched. Turn the coaster rightside out

Turn the thing rightside out through the opening. 

Turn the DIY coaster right side out

Now sew along the edge – closing the opening and making the edge strong. I have made satin stitches along the edge and as a circle inside.  

Satin stitches made along the outer edge

Felt coasters

Felt coasters with blanket stitched edge

This is another easy peasy coaster – cut out 2, 3.5 inch or 4 inch circles from felt.

Felt pieces cut in a circle shape for the coaster, yarn in a contrasting color and needle

Keep the circles together. Take thick yarn or the 6 strands of embroidery thread and make blanket stitches along the edge. Check out this post on making blanket stitches.

Make blanket stitches all around

  coffee mug resting on a handmade DIY coaster made of felt fabric

Weave your own fabric coaster 


If you have 6 inch by 6 inch cardboard piece and some yarn you can make your own coaster – from the scratch.

Use cotton yarn if you intend to keep very hot mugs on your coaster. 

cardboard loom diy

Check out this post on weaving fabric with a cardboard loom to learn how to make this.

Related posts : Make potholders ; Make cloth napkins.

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Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.

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