Holiday Coasters: Fast and Easy Last-Minute Gift

Dec 9, 2015 9:00:03 AM / by Erin Harris

Hi everyone! It’s Erin Harris from House on Hill Road back to share another quick project made using my AccuQuilt GO! Cutter. These sets of six coasters make a fantastic hostess or teacher gift and sew up in little time. They are great for using up scraps and take just one cutting die. Because each set takes one pass through the cutter, I often set up a few sets at a time and sew them assembly-line style. I decided to use six different holiday fabrics to make these sets fun and festive, but anything goes! If you want all of your coasters exactly the same, use two or four fabrics for the fronts. Pressed for time? Cut both the fronts and the backs using the square portion of the die for reversible coasters!

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For each set of 6 coasters, you’ll need:

GO! Ohio Star-12'' Finished (#55174)

(6) Pieces of fabric, at least 5 3/4’’ square for the coaster fronts

(6) 4 1/2’’ pieces of batting

(2) 5’’ x 15’’ strips OR (1) 5’’ x 30’’ strip of fabric for coaster backs


Thread to match

Straight pins

Chopstick or other turning tool



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1. Stack your six coaster front fabrics over the quarter square triangle portion of the Ohio Star die. Fan fold the strip(s) of backing fabrics over the square portion of the Ohio Star die. Run the die through the cutter.

2. Set the backing squares aside.


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3. Arrange the front fabrics in sets of four. Sew the triangles for each set into two pairs, forming a half square triangle, using a 1/4’’ seam allowance. (This goes quickly if you chain piece!) Press the seams to the side.

4. Sew two pieced half square triangles together with a 1/4’’ seam allowance to form a square. Press the seam open.


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5. To assemble the coasters, stack the fabrics and battings in this order: Batting on bottom, coaster front right side UP in the middle, coaster back right side DOWN on top. Pin all four edges and sew together using a 1/4’’ seam allowance and leaving an opening of approximately 2’’ on one side for turning.


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6. Carefully clip corners, taking care not to cut into your stitching.

7. Turn the coasters right side out through the opening. Use a chopstick or other turning tool to poke the corners out.


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8. Press the coaster flat, turning the edges of the opening towards the inside. Pin the opening closed.

9. Topstitch around the entire perimeter of the coaster 1/8’’ from edge. Repeat for the remaining coasters.


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10. Tie up your coaster with some ribbon and add a tag.


Topics: backing, Ohio Star, batting, Christmas, coasters, fabric, Holidays, Tutorials

Erin Harris

Written by Erin Harris