Day Eight: Insulated Fabric Wine Glass Coaster

I come from a very large family, and when we get together for a holiday or special event, it's always a party. One thing always comes along with parties, however, and that's the boring task of keeping track of your glass.

If you occasionally drink wine as I do, you might appreciate a special way of identifying your glass. Even better, this wine glass coaster also helps you protect your delicate tabletops and counters from nasty glass rings.

The coaster version I'm featuring here for Day 8 of my 12 Days of Christmas Gifts series includes a touch of insulation that I hope will eliminate any chance of seepage. If you don't happen to have Insul-Bright, feel free to substitute a scrap of fleece or batting instead. The quilting this design has adds a nice festive touch to the coaster.

What a quick and simple hostess gift--and what an excellent way to use up your fabric scraps!

Here’s what you’ll need to make one coaster.

  • Fabric: Six 5” squares
  • Insul-Bright or fleece scrap: One 5” square

Layer Bottom square

Layer the Bottom fabric square (right side down), Insul-Bright square silver side facing up (or fleece), then Top fabric square (right side up). Pin.

In the next step you’ll be quilting the layers together, so I marked my Top Fabric square with some starting lines prior to layering.

Quilt Bottom square

Quilt the layers however you want—just so they don’t shift. I quilted a few intersecting lines that were fast and easy.

Press fabric squares in half

Press the remaining fabric squares in half, forming triangles

Layer triangles on Bottom square

Lay Bottom square with the bottom of the coaster facing up towards you. Layer the Bottom square with the triangles as shown.

Layer the first triangle. Notice that the triangles are not aligned with the edges of the square—instead, they are offset about 1/4”. You’re offsetting the triangles so that you end up creating a small square of open space in the middle. (see the last photo).

Layer the second triangle, then the third.

Layer the fourth triangle. Pick up the corner of the first triangle as shown, and slip the corner of the fourth triangle under it.

Pin everything in place.

Baste triangles in place

Sew around the perimeter of the square with large stitches to hold the triangles in place.

Trace circle and sew

I decided that I liked the look of round coasters better, so I traced a circle pattern on the back of the Bottom square. Flip the coaster over, and trace your circle. A CD makes a good circle, or the bottom of a large glass.

Sew around the circle you marked. I used a CD and thought it was a little large for my wine glasses, so I sewed inside the circle using the edge of my machine foot as a guide.

Trim the circle

Trim around the circle, leaving about 1/4” seam allowance. Clip the curves to make turning easier.

Flip coaster right side out and press

Your new coaster is all ready to try out. <wink>

If you decide to make a set, consider making each one unique so your guests will be able to identify their glass when needed. And besides, isn't it more fun to make several similar but unique coasters than it is to sew a bunch of identical ones?


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