Make Your Own Almost Origami Fabric Coasters with this quick and Easy tutorial

Years ago a family friend gave me one of these and said “You figure it out.” So… I did! They look complicated but there is only one small trick needed. Otherwise these fabric coasters are a great project for beginners. They teach that measuring, cutting, and stitching must be accurate, how to turn corners and that sewing projects can be quick and fun.

fabric coasters

I recommend quilting cotton for the fabric. You will need at least 2 colors for the folded squares but 4 is more fun. For the back and hidden inside squares, you can use other colors or some of the 4 from the folding fabrics. I used a thin fusible fleece for the batting. You can use regular batting or even flannel will work.

You don’t need to pre-wash the cotton but you do need to iron. This lovely batik was very creased when it was wound on the board. You can add a little starch if you like while you are pressing.

Look at those big wrinkles. Iron those out before you start measuring.

I want my finished coasters to be 4 x 4 inches.

I want 1/2 inch seam allowances (once you are comfortable you can reduce the seam allowances to 1/4 inch but for beginners, it’s easier to do a larger seam allowance and then trim the excess fabric.)

Therefore I cut 5 inch squares.

To make one almost Origami Fabric Coaster you will need one 5 inch square piece of batting, one 5 inch square bottom/base fabric, one 5 inch square inside/base fabric and four 5 inch squares of fabric to fold.

Fuse your batting to your bottom square of the base fabric (skip this if you are not using fusible. One trick when using the fusible is you can trim away the seam allowances before fusing to reduce the bulk in the seams. For the nonfusible batting or flannel, you want the fabric to be caught in the seams so it doesn’t shift when in use.

Make sure the fusible side of the fleece is against the wrong side of your fabric. Use a press cloth to keep your iron clean. You can see the 4 inch trimmed square fused to the fabric. Carefully placed before applying the heat.

Carefully fold your four squares into triangles matching the edges as exactly as you can. Press well with your iron.

Here comes the trick. Stacking your fabric coaster.

Add the first triangle of your fabric coaster

Add the second triangle to the next corner of the square.

fabric coaster corners
The last step is to press well!

Hopefully, this makes sense and is easy to follow. The first one is the hardest. Once you see how the triangles are laid to make them overlap the mystery is solved. These are lots of fun to do with all the coordinating Christmas cottons that come out for the holiday season. You can also work with your own color themes like designing a quilt.

Once you have worked out the basic pattern you can have some fun with adding smaller squares to make smaller triangles. I made a hot pad to go with my coasters.

larger fabric coaster or hot pad

Now I have a set of fabric coasters

Don’t forget to Pin this fun projects

Fabric Coaster Pin

You all know how much I enjoy making things that work with my decor and favorite color. My tile tray is still in use and a favorite. Check it out here.

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