Embroidery Library

Cute and Cozy Coasters
(featuring applique Animals on the Edge)

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster

Cute and cozy coasters are perfect for protecting your tables and adding a dash of bright embroidery to any room!

Project instructions demonstrate how to place an applique Animal on the Edge design to the border for a sweet "peeking" effect.

Read on for step-by-step instructions!

 

Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster

Supplies Needed:

**8" x 8" piece of cotton fabric (for front - I used flannel)

**8" x 8" piece of cotton fabric (for back - I used homespun)

**Small piece of felt (for inner lining)

**Small piece of fabric (for applique piece - I used flannel)


**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen or dressmaker's pencil



Designs Used:
I used the small size of the Peeking Bear (Applique). Choose designs you love to decorate your coasters -- designs 4" x 4" or smaller will fit in the space. 

Finished Size:
4 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" high
 


Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 

First I drew a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" square on the cotton fabric (I used flannel) with an air-erase pen. Then I measured and marked 1/2" up along each side, starting at each bottom corner, and drew a line connecting the marks. I will use this line to place the design.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 

I find it helpful to use templates to position designs, so I created a paper template of my design by printing it at full size with embroidery software. If you are new to using templates, click here for a quick tutorial.

I trimmed the template by cutting right along the bottom edge of the design, and around the sides and top edge, leaving about 1" of excess around the design. I lined up the bottom edge of the template with the line I just drew, leaving the 1/2" space in between the template and the bottom edge of the shape.

I also centered the template side to side by measuring equal distances between the center point on the template and the side edges of the shape. I poked a hole in the center of the template and marked the fabric, and I marked the axis points.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 
Then I removed the template and drew lines connecting the marks.


Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 

Next I sprayed a piece of medium-weight cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smoothed the fabric on top. I hooped the fabric and stabilizer together, lining up the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 


To prepare the applique fabric piece for the design, I printed the dieline ("_DL" file) that is included in the download.

I printed a copy of the dieline file at full size with my embroidery software. If you don't have embroidery software, or you are unable to print from it, you can embroider the dieline file onto a sheet of paper. Load the dieline file into your machine, hoop a piece of paper, and embroider the dieline directly onto the paper.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 


Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 

I sprayed the backside of the paper template with a quick shot of adhesive and smoothed it over the fabric.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 

Then I cut out the shape.



Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 


Free project instructions to make an embroidered coaster
 



 



 

Attach the hoop back onto the machine and continue with the design. A zigzag tack down stitch will sew next. This binds the applique piece to the fabric for the remainder of the design.  Then all the inside elements will sew.




 

Continue embroidering the design. A satin stitch border will sew next.




 

When the design was finished, I cut out the shape. I left the stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery to help give the fabric more support. If you are using a heavier fabric, like twill, denim, or lightweight canvas, you can trim the stabilizer if you like.




 

To prepare the fabric for the back of the coaster, I laid the embroidered top piece on top of the fabric (I used homespun), right sides together, pinned in place, and trimmed the back fabric around the shape of the top piece.




 

Next I sewed a 1/2" seam around the side and bottom edges only. When I reached the design, I sewed the seam right along the bottom edge of the design.  




 


Turn the coaster right side out and press the seams with an iron. Then fold the fabric of the opening in 1/2" and press.

To add the inner lining, cut a piece of felt (I used felt because it's absorbent) to 4 1/4" by 4 1/4" and insert it inside the coaster. Pin the opening in place and top stitch a 1/8" seam around the entire outer edge of the coaster, starting and stopping at the outer edge of the design (don't sew over the design). And the coaster is complete!



Free project instructions to make an embroidered three-panel placemat
 

Coasters are a fast and fun way to add color and charm to any room in the house!

Click here for a printable version of these project instructions.


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Products used in this Project:

Peeking Unicorn (Applique) $4.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.88" x 6.25" | 4.85" x 5.14" | 3.68" x 3.87"

Peeking Monkey (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.43" x 5.04" | 6.84" x 3.66" | 3.88" x 2.08"

Peeking Dog (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.05" x 5.88" | 6.90" x 4.48" | 3.88" x 2.53"

Peeking Cat (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

6.70" x 5.88" | 5.58" x 4.89" | 3.88" x 3.40"

Peeking Panda (Applique) $2.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

9.18" x 5.88" | 6.88" x 4.41" | 3.88" x 2.49"

Peeking Skunk (Applique) $2.99 - $4.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.52" x 4.99" | 6.88" x 4.03" | 3.90" x 2.28"

Peeking Turkey (Applique) $4.99 - $6.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.52" x 4.76" | 6.87" x 3.84" | 3.90" x 2.20"