How to Make Table Scrap Coasters

Dear Sewfie,

I can’t bring myself to throw any any scrap of fabric, no matter how small. I’ve even gone through the trash after my kids clean up from a sewing project (shocking but true… they sometimes do clean up), re-claiming even the tiniest swatch that may be “still good for something”. As a result, every work surface in my sewing room is drowning in a sea of scraps… my sewing machine table, my cutting table, the book cases, even my knick-knack shelves… all covered in piles of scraps. What can I do with all of this without throwing them away?

– Scrappy

Dear Scrappy,

This easy, fun project will justify your obsessive frugality AND will make a whole stack of fun little gifts and craft fair fodder!

Table Scraps Coasters

Table Scraps Coasters


Collect your scraps

Pick different colors and prints. Don’t be afraid of combinations you may think “don’t go together”.
Table Scraps Coasters

Trim scraps

Using rotary cutter, trim the edges of your scraps. You don’t have to make perfect squares: try uneven strips for that “scrappy” look.
Table Scraps Coasters

Sew Together

Stitch scraps together until you have an assembly at least 4.25″ x 4.25″ or larger. Press.
Table Scraps Coasters

Line up template

Make a 4.25″ x 4.25″ template by marking your quilting ruler with masking tape.
Table Scraps Coasters

Cut to size

Using your taped “window” as a guide, position your template over your fabric. Experiment with different angles. Cut your fabric to a 4.25″ x 4.25″ block by cutting one side, then rotating template 90 degrees. Repeat to cut all four sides. This is your coaster top.
Table Scraps Coasters

Stitch to interfacing

Cut the heavy weight interfacing into four 4.25″ x 4.25″ blocks. Using a long basting stitch, machine sew coaster top to one square of interfacing using a scant 1/4″ seam.
Table Scraps Coasters


Cut backing fabric into 5.75″ x 5.75″ squares. Place backing fabric right side down. Position coaster top right side up in the center of one backing square. Pin. Finish by self-binding with mitered corners. Click here for complete illustrated instructions on Self-Binding and How to Make Mitered Corners.
Table Scraps Coasters


This Table Scrap Coaster is working hard at a U.S. Army Nanotechnology lab, keeping its owner’s desk dry and looking stylish to boot!


One thought on “How to Make Table Scrap Coasters

  1. GENIUS IDEA . . . FAB patchwork coasters sewn from small craps of fabrics! LOVE the “angled” look plus your choice of a mixture of polka dots, bold stripes & print fabric in your tutorial photos. I certainly plan to sew a couple sets of 6 or 8 for birthday gifts for my senior friends. You’re an inspiration for this project. THANKS for sharing. I need to look through my fabric scrap pile soon. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

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