You Will Need:
- 1 cotton dishtowel for the top of the coaster (flat cotton types are best—don't use terrycloth)
- A second dishtowel or fabric scrap for the bottom of the coaster
- 100% cotton quilt batting (we prefer Warm & Natural brand) — an 11" x 11" square will do it
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or you can mark your measurements with chalk and cut your pieces with scissors)
- Sewing machine and thread
- Iron and ironing board
- Wash, dry, and press your fabric. Cut four pieces each from the dishtowel ("top fabric") and the second fabric ("bottom fabric"), each measuring 5 1/4" square.
- Cut four pieces of quilt batting, each measuring 5 1/4" square.
- Place the top fabric and bottom fabric right sides together, and top with a square of quilt batting. Repeat until you have 4 stacks of fabric and batting, then pin layers together.
- Sew around all edges of each square, starting on the middle edge of one side and leaving a 2" opening for turning the coaster right side out. Once all squares are sewn, turn each one right side out and press with iron.
- Topstitch around all edges of each square, sewing about 1/8" from the edge. Continue sewing through all layers in a geometric pattern, remembering to leave your needle down in the fabric when you turn the corners (so as to not lose your place). Ending your stitching in the center of the coaster, making sure to backstitch. Now pour a tall glass of iced tea and drink up. And remember: stay thirsty, my friend.
Jenny Ryan is the recent author of Sew Darn Cute: 30 Sweet & Simple Projects to Sew & Embellish and also and is also co-owner of the Home Ec. Department at Reform School.