Chronicle Craft Project: Floral Cocktail Coasters for a Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Goodbye, October . . . hello, November.

I’m so excited for Thanksgiving in San Francisco. The city empties out, the weather is always crisp and sunny, and the farmers markets will be bountiful. This year I’m feasting with friends. Since I’m not hosting, I want to spend some time making a gift for my generous hostess. Here’s a smart project idea from Kaari Meng of French General. It’s the perfect thing to make a bottle of wine not just a bottle wine.

Floral Cocktail Coasters
Excerpted from Home Sewn by Kaari Meng
Photographs by Jon Zabala
Illustrations by Jody Rice

DIY coasters for holiday parties

Using remnants from some printed linen, cut out large flowers, back them with hemp fabric, and stitch both fabrics together using your sewing machine’s zigzag stitch. Homespun or heavier linen works well for the coasters backs, as both will absorb liquid and dry quite fast. Pair this project with a nice bottle of wine as a gift for your favorite hostess.

Makes 4 coasters, 5″ x 5″

1/4 yard (45″ wide) floral linen
1/4 yard (45″ wide) hemp fabric
1/4 (45″ wide) fusible webbing*
coordinating thread

Measuring tape
Sewing Machine

Preshrink your fabric by washing, drying, and pressing it before starting your project.


A. Cut one 5″ square out of the floral linen, one out of the hemp backing fabric, and one out of the fusible webbing. Using the pattern from this PDF, trace the coaster shape onto the Right side of your top fabric with a light pencil. (You can make your coasters any shape — leaves, pumpkins, or Pilgrim hats would be perfect for Thanksgiving.)

B. Sandwich the fusible webbing between the fabric squares, Wrong sides of the fabrics together. Fuse the fabrics together, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Let it cool before proceeding.

C. Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch with very light tension. Test the zigzag on a scrap of fabric and adjust the machine’s settings until you achieve a zigzag that is about 1/4″ wide and produces a very tight, satin stitch effect.

D. Zigzag around the coaster shape on your pencil line. Go slowly, making sure to maintain an even satin stitch. If your coaster ripples around the edges, press the entire coaster again before trimming in the next step.

E. Trim away the excess fabric, close to the satin stitching.

*Fusible webbing is a type of interfacing. It is used to adhere fabrics to each other without sewing, and it adds stiffness. It can be purchased at most fabric stores in packages or by the yard.

Find this and many more French inspired sewing projects in Home Sewn by Kaari Meng.

Check out more Chronicle Craft posts.

Kate Woodrow
Craft Editor

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