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Quilted Coasters – Scrap Buster Project

Quilted Coasters Make Great Quick Gifts

quilted coasters with teapot

Quilted coasters are great scrap-buster projects. If you have leftover quilt blocks from a larger project, those are easily transformed into coasters, too. Stitch a set of four to gift for Mother’s Day or any holiday. These finished coasters measure 4 1/2″ square.

supplies for quilted coaster


Supplies listed are enough to make one coaster.


Use 1/4″ seams.

Install a size 70/10 Universal Needle. Wind a bobbin and thread the needle with 50 wt. Cotton Thread. Next, set the stitch length to 2.5mm.

fabric strips for coaster piecing

Stitch two fabric strips together along one long edge, with right sides together and edges and corners aligned. Press the seam toward the darker fabric.

Then, stitch the remaining fabric strip to one long edge of the previous strips.

stitching strip long edges

Press the seam toward the darker fabric.

pressing seam allowances

Cut the pieced strip into four equal lengths measuring 2″ square.

Arrange the four pieced squares as desired, placing two horizontally and two vertically to create the windmill shape shown.

TIP: Any mini quilt block makes a great coaster. Try a Granny Square, Half-square Triangle, Pinwheel or Log Cabin block to create different coasters for different recipients, and practice your piecing skills, too!


Center the pieced coaster top on the batting, using KK 2000 to secure.

layering coaster on batting

Then, center the batting square over the backing, using KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive to secure.

quilting the coaster

Install a size 90/14 Quilting Needle and thread it with 30 wt. Cotton Blendables Thread. Wind a bobbin with the same thread.

Decide on the desired quilting stitches. For the featured coaster, a straight stitch is used. Experiment with decorative stitches to sew along the seamlines for a different look.

Edgestitch along the coaster-top raw edges to “outline” the coaster. Quilt along the coaster top where desired. Quilt in the ditch of each seam or only the center windmill shape seams. Begin/end the quilting at the outline stitching. Don’t go beyond or the quilting will show on the faux binding.


After quilting is complete, double-fold the upper and lower edges of the backing toward the coaster top, placing the first foldline just beyond the coaster-top outline stitching. Use Wonder Clips to secure. TIP: Use a bit of KK 2000 to secure the faux binding folds.

mitering corners of coaster

At the top-right corner, fold the corner to meet the adjacent batting edge. Repeat to fold the lower-right corner.

mitering opposite coaster corner

Then, double-fold the right edge, creating mitered corners on the right coaster edge.

folding faux binding edge

Repeat to double-fold the left coaster edge, mitering the corners. Use Wonder Clips to secure the corners and edges.

folding opposite coaster edge

Edgestitch the faux binding.

edgestitching along binding fold

If desired, add more stitching lines to the binding, placing them 1/8″ apart. This shows off the pretty Blendables thread, especially if the backing fabric is a solid color.

quilting lines along binding

finished quilted coaster

Create more quilted coasters to package a set of four, tie with a ribbon and gift to a special someone!

quilted coasters set with ribbon

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