Squares of fabric whip up into drink coasters pretty quickly. Make a set for yourself or a hostess gift. We kicked ours up a notch for a Passover craft swap with pomegranate appliques based on the pomegranate atarah pattern — I’m kind of in a pomegranate place right now — but the general instructions apply whether the fabric is embellished or not. Use any non-stretch woven fabric, like linen, unbleached organic cotton, or quilting scraps. The top and bottom layers of fabric don’t have to be the same. You can switch up the colors, textures, or prints. Just be sure to wash and dry the fabrics before you cut; you’ll want the finished coasters to be able to stand up to an occasional wash.
1. Place two 5″ (13 cm) squares of fabric together with right sides together. Sew around the square 1/2″ (6 mm) from the edge, leaving an opening of 1 1/2″ (4cm).
2. Clip the corners and grade the seam allowances (that is, trim one layer of fabric).
3. Turn the coaster right side out all the way to the seams. To help turn out the corners, use a small blunt tool, such as a seam ripper with the cap on.
4. Press the edges of the coaster, turning in the open section along the seam line. Sew around the edge of the coaster 1/8″ (3mm) from the edge.