diy coasters {what would you make?}

A while back Lisa of Lil Boo Blue asked if I wanted to participate in a craft series, What Would You Make? The idea was to send the same fabric to several bloggers and see what projects would be created. It wouldn’t be a contest, just a fun idea. At the end of the series, one Lil Boo Blue reader would win the same fabric the bloggers received. I admit to laughing a bit when I was asked to participate. If you’ve ever visited Lil Boo Blue, you know there is some series sewing skills going on there. I reminded Lisa that I only know how to sew a straight line.

Here is the fabric that arrived in my mail:

I really liked the fabric as it was, but my half used bottle of Teal RIT fabric dye was beckoning me to use it. Since it was a small amount of fabric, I did it all in the kitchen sink. Before I dyed it all teal, I did some experimenting with other fabric dyes I had on hand.ย  I didn’t have any rubber gloves, so I wrapped one hand in a plastic shopping bag. Why do I look like I have a man arm in this picture?


It took me what seemed like forever to come up with an idea on what to make. I liked the fabric, but I just couldn’t come up with an idea. If I knew how to sew, I could have made all kinds of cute things…which I am sure those other bloggers did with theirs! One afternoon I was wiping a water ring from my drink off the table, and knew what to make – SIMPLE COASTERS!

I cut some of the dyed fabric into 5×5 inch squares. I did the same with a little bit of 2 old sheets.


Next I put two squares together (right sides facing in). I did my straight line sewing around most of the square, leaving a small opening to turn it out. I trimmed the corners too. Honestly, here is where my lack of sewing knowledge comes in. I’m sure there is a better way to do corners, but this works so I’m good.


Next, I turned the right side out, ironed it all down and sewed along all four edges.


If you are a seamstress, don’t examine my sewing. It is not perfect. I know.

If you aren’t a seamstress, examine my sewing…it is not perfect. That is totally fine with me. I have a stack of super cute coasters now. They are wonky like the rest of this house!


Don’t forget to visit Lil Boo Blue this week to see the ideas the other bloggers created….and enter for your chance to win some fabric of your own!


Speaking of those “other” bloggers…well after I made my coasters I found exactly who they are:

Julie of Joy’s Hope

Ashley of Make It and Love It

Jill of Handmade by Jill

So…three women that are masters with sewing machines…and then me. Great.


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  • andy - cute coasters. i’m not sure i could even sew a straight line. ๐Ÿ™‚ good job

  • Lindsay - I’ve been sewing since I was 7 (I’m 30 something now) and that’s how I would do my corners! I also still sew some very “wonky” things and I totally think that’s the charm of homemade. Perfection isn’t real. Real life is wonky. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the coasters. You did great.

  • janet @ ordinary mom - Funny. I can sew but still had never thought of fabric coasters. We don’t have coasters here because the ones I like are usually NOT kid proof. I am adding this to my craft projects. Love it!

  • giozi - Love them. Love colors. And they are so easy that I want to do some :). You always inspire me.

  • Molly - love love love this idea!! i have been wanting coasters for awhile now but didn’t want anything chunky….these are perfect!!!

  • Jeannette - Love them! My sewing skills are a few notches below yours, so it makes me happy to have a project that I might be able to do! I want to dye fabric after seeing you do it several times!

  • RebeccaH - now this is a project i could actually try! i have a sewing machine. i took it out once this year. it scares me. but i WANT to learn. so maybe i’ll start with coasters. i have a bunch of cute fabric pieces stashed away! thanks for the idea – and for inspiring the non-expert-sewers out there ๐Ÿ™‚

  • emily anderson - i’m laughing at your man arm comment because remember when i saw a sneak of your hairy man toes in another picture?

    lol. i know those toes were chris’s toes. at least, i hope so.

  • kiley - if they’re wonky, then won’t you be more likely to use them rather than being perfect and untouchable?! love them!!!

  • Katie - The coasters really are so cute. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like how fresh and summery they look.

  • Tiffany - loved, loved, LOVED that last photograph of you. Awesome emotion to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura - They are super cute!

  • JulieB - I’ll have to check out the other 2, but Make it and Love it is one of my favorites! She has some mad sewing skills! Who cares if your lines aren’t perfect, what matters is if they are perfect for you!

  • cailan - I think they are fabulous. I love that you made them even though you don’t really sew, and I love your funny comments.

  • Sarah Pratt - So funny! I love your blog and Homemade by Jill. I follow you both regularly. You guys are great crafters!!!

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  • Amber - Sometimes the simple projects are the most fun and used ๐Ÿ™‚ I have been on a mug rug sewing spree since last night…I might have to make some fun coasters out of my vintage sheet scrap pile to add to them ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the idea of dying the fabric. I loved when you used the technique in your bedroom…just never seem to think about it. Little tip I like to use. When pushing out the corners, I use wooden chop sticks to get a nice point.

  • Shannon (8foot6) - Love your wonky coasters!

  • Alice H - So cute! I like your wonky-ness ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mindy C. - i just used RIT dye for the first time to make onesies for our little boy — we were on vacation & i ended up using plastic bags too. they work just fine!

    love the coasters ๐Ÿ™‚

    & love the idea of dying the fabric!


  • Courtney Hohimer - I think these are SUPER cute! Also, if you put some scraps of flanel in the middle it would help to soak up the moisture “sweat” from your glasses a bit better. I think these are great – and honestly, whos going to sit on your couch, pick up a coaster, and look to see if the lines are sewed straight!?

    Fab job – time for me to go pull out my vintage sheet stash and make some of my own!

  • heather - i happen to be a very big fan of wonky.
    i LOVE your coasters. i think they might just be the quicky project i needed today.

  • Katherine - Love these. I like your improvised gloves too, giggle. Hugs!

  • Michelle - wonderful fabric colors. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marie - At least you participated and got a chance to come up with something fun and perfect for summer! What a fun project ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen - LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!! Good Job!

  • Paige Rodriguez - “Wonky like the rest of this house,” made me laugh!! I love the coasters!!

  • emmybrown - I think your coasters are awesome! More of us than not, have only “sew a straight line” skills, so the coasters are perfect!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have such a fabric addiction that these coasters would satisfy, so I can’t wait to make some!!

    Yes, I did miss you on Friday, but I know it’s always good to “unplug” for a little while!

  • Marykay - I love how the fabric turned out dyed!

  • Kimberlyn - Great Idea to dye the fabric! Great project also. So I thought it was Ashley not Lisa over at Lil blue boo.

  • Jen - Well, for only knowing how to sew a “straight line,” I think you did GREAT! I would have sewn coasters exactly the same way – the only thing I may have added is a middle layer – some felt or fleece to help them be more absorbent and heat-resistant – but otherwise, you did perfect. Even cutting off the corners before turning…perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚ They are adorable!!! <3

  • Ingrid - love them ashley!!

  • wendy - That is pretty fabric! And I like the way it dyed, too.
    Your coasters are very cute.

  • Ashley Johnston - Haha!! You’re hilarious……you sewed them perfectly!! Nothing wonky about them! Beautiful coasters and gorgeous pictures. I never thought to dye the fabric. Love that deeper teal color! ๐Ÿ™‚

    But I still die laughing looking at that last darkened photo of you……what a crack up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can I come and drink a slushy with you?!!


  • amanda torres - That is funny, but I love the coasters. Super cute.

  • Emily - that’s super cute! and I have some PUL and scrap fabric that’s just takin’ up space…thanks for the idea!

  • lindsey - can i just say – i love the word “wonky.” i use it all the time.

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  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - I love your wonky coasters! And it gives me hope… I don’t even know how to turn on a sewing machine!

  • kathy - I found my way here today. very pretty fabric. I don’t sew very straight but I would try to make something for my granddaughter. It’s been a long time since I’ve made clothing but I love your fabrics. I’m thinking about a top for her.

  • Amy - what a fun project/idea to do with friends! they look adorable!

  • Bethany - I love that you used the word wonky… My very crafty Grandma was the only other one I ever heard use the word wonky. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • amelia - genius! love your blog like it was my own child ๐Ÿ™‚ you’re incredible!

  • Rose E. - I made some coasters like that once! The way you did the corners is how all sewing people do corners. Sewing really isn’t about knowledge. It’s mostly about common sense. Besides, you take awesome pictures that make the wonkiness look amazing.

  • Rose E. - I made some coasters like that once! The way you did the corners is the way all sewing people do corners. Sewing isn’t really about knowledge. It’s mostly about common sense. Besides, you take awesome pictures that make your wonkiness look amazing.

  • kathy - nice coasters. I started to make a mug rug today and hopefully get it finished tomorrow.

  • emily hope - love them. i’m now inspired to a)sew coasters b)dye everything aqua c)drink a smoothie. perfect.

  • Alana - Those coasters are adorable, thanks for the idea!!

  • Nikkia - I love your simple use of the fabric! I too am only capable of sewing a straight line, therefore your project is one I could qactually attempt myself! I would probably cover some old glass jars I have with the fabric some hot glue or a rubberband and make vases… I just did this with some cute fabric for my daughters 1st birthday on Saturday. Again I LOVE the coasters ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicki - I think they are just super cute!!!

  • Virag - So simple and cute, love the idea. I will definitely do it myself!!

  • Lynn - Those are some seriously cute coasters!!!! BRavo!

  • Kristen is Awesome - I like your wonky coasters ๐Ÿ™‚ they are very cute, simple and unique! I’m going to school for dressmaking and design, and I can’t sew a straight line to save my life xD So I know your pain!

  • Beez Rental Designs - Hi, I found you through Handmade by Jill and have joined you on Facebook. I think these are so stinkin cute!!! I am an experienced seamstress and think you’ve done a really good job. As a tip, if you ever do a project where the straight line is important, just draw straight lines on a piece of printer paper and sew right through it. This is how I was taught to sew a straight line as well as curves. It’s also a good way to practice your straight lines and curves as you don’t need to have the machine threaded for this. So don’t get discouraged and keep up the good work. Hope you’ll join my Linky Hop Blog party here:
    Its a great way to meet other bloggers and stay connected. Thanks for sharing!

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