Quick-sew party coasters tutorial

Quick sew party 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!

This is the third in our series of free blog birthday party projects to celebrate issue 27 and two years of Simply Sewing magazine. Read on for Rebecca Reid’s free tutorial for how to make your own embroidered party coasters. And for our full list of birthday plans, check out our party invite.

If you’re sewing today, we want to see what you’re making! We’ve got 3 lucky dip prizes to give away to our favourite photos of your sewing table adventures. Simply share a photo on FacebookInstagram or Twitter with the hashtag #sewbirthday to be in with a chance to win!

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 the templates for this project here.

How to make the coasters

Step one: Trace one of the coaster templates from our issue 11 downloadable templates. 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.

DIY easy sew coasters step 1

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

DIY easy sew coasters step 2

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.

DIY easy sew coasters step 3

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.

DIY easy sew coasters step 4

That’s it! Your coasters are ready to party. We hope you’ve enjoyed our free birthday party projects… don’t forget we’ve also got a once-in-a-lifetime competition to win £1200 of craft supplies to top off the party festivities! Enter today.

DIY coasters landscape