How to make coasters

Let your coasters do the talking with some cheerful stitched-on slogans. A spot of simple embroidery is all you need for a party-table talking point. Chin chin!

How to make coasters party craft ideas

This is the third in our series of free party craft projects that we’re sharing to celebrate two years of Simply Sewing magazine. Read on for Rebecca Reid’s free tutorial for how to make your own embroidered party coasters.

How to make easy-sew coasters

You will need…

  • Fabric: 20x20cm (8x8in)
  • Bondaweb: 12x12cm (5x5in)
  • Felt: 3mm acrylic, white 12x12cm (5x5in)
  • Stranded cotton: charcoal grey
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Basic sewing kit

Materials used

The fabrics used are from Glitz by Michael Miller. See EQS for stockists.


The finished coaster measures 10cm (4in) in diameter.


Download our free Simply Sewing Templates from issue 11 to get the free embroidery patterns for this project


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How to make the coasters

Step one: Trace one of the coaster templates from PDF download (link above). Place your fabric centrally right side (RS) up on top of it and trace over the words and the circular outline.

Step two: Stitch over the words with backstitch, using four strands of grey thread.

How to make coasters step 1

Step three: Press the Bondaweb, paper side up, centrally over the wrong side (WS) of the stitched circle.

How to make coasters step 3

Step four: Peel off the paper backing then press it RS up on top of the felt.

Step five: Cut out along the drawn circle outline through both layers of fabric and felt.

How to make coasters step 5

Step six: Topstitch around the edge of your coaster 3mm (116in) from the edge to secure the felt to the fabric. You can easily do this by hand if you’re not confident sewing in a circle.

How to make coasters step 7

That’s it! Your coasters are ready to party.

How to make coasters