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Molly's Sketchbook: Citrus Coasters

Ever since the weather turned warm, I've had visions of pink lemonade and iced tea with lime wedges dancing in my head.  Summer also puts me in the mood to entertain so I thought it would be fun to have a set of coasters to match this citrus drink theme.

I love to have a summer sewing project that is portable so I can take it with me to the beach! Felt is often my material of choice for portable projects since it's ideal for hand sewing.  It's also great for making durable home items like these cheerful coasters.  For this project we used our Spring Felt Bundle because the bright colors reminded us of real citrus fruits.

I love that each coaster is slightly different from the next due to the handsewing. They will add a breezy, summery vibe to any table.  This is the kind of project you can do with very little experience since it requires absoultely no special skills or equipment.-- Molly



For each coaster cut the felt as instructed on the template. You will have:

  • 2 large colored circles for the peel and the backing
  • 8 colored segments (4 cut from each segment template)
  • 1 ecru circle for the pith

Cut "seeds" out of two or three of the segment pieces by folding the segment piece in half lengthwise and then taking a small snip across the fold to take out a small triangular chunk out of the piece.


Place the pith circle in the center of one of the colored circles. Then arrange the segments on top of the pith circle as shown above.

Pin all of these layers together.

Using thread to match the colored felt and a very small running stitch sew on the segment pieces around their edges.

Sew on all of the segments in this manner and press the piece flat.

Pin the other colored circle to the back of the piece.

Hiding the beginning knot in between the front and back colored circles sew the back on with the matching embroidery thread and a small running stitch all the way around the coaster.

Once you've gotten all the way around tie a small knot on the back piece and then pass the needle through the two layers and pull it out in the middle of the back. Snip the thread at the exit point thus hiding it.

Trim edges to make the front look nice and neat.

Repeat all steps to make 2 coasters from each of the colored felt pieces.

Reader Comments (69)

Love these! I think I'll whip up a set today!
June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
This is so cute I could weep! Just wept.
June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhappy zombie
These are adorable. I need to make some!
June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHilary
Those are so cute!
June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Great! These are fantastic!
June 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterpaola
Oh these are so cute :)
Should try making them
June 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHenderica
Soooooo sweet! TFS
June 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNiki
Oh my goodness...I am IN LOVE with these coasters! They are absolutely perfect...just wonderful. Thank you for sharing them!!!
So.Flipping.Cute!! I love all things citrus, and love all things crafty - marriage made in heaven!
Is anyone else having trouble accessing the template, though? This is simple enough that I know I could do without, but now it's just bugging me!
June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlisakp71
These are splendid. So bright and cheerful and summery. I'm making them now as gifts, and after making the first one, I re-printed the template out at 105% to get them just a hair bigger; our kids can knock over a glass from 6 feet away, and I felt the bigger size would be more stable for our family. They end up being about a centimeter wider in diameter, still citrus-scaled and quick to stitch together. Also, the Container Store sells a 4" circular metal box, into which these fit beautifully for presentation or storage. Thanks as always for the inspiration!
June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily in Mill Valley
Do you wash the wool first before cutting out and sewing? I just made a birthday crown for my son with woolfilz, and I washed it on the wool cycle in my machine first before cutting and sewing. Though it is lovely, and the crown came out lovely, the texture certainly changed after I washed it (and air dried it).
Woolfilz is such a delight, both in color and touch.
Thanks so much,
June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkathy
i LOVE these! I wish I had the patience to make a million!
June 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeg
Hi Kathy-

I did not wash the felt beforehand. As you mention, it does change the texture quite a bit. I would spot cleaning theses or treating them with something like Scotch Guard instead of washing them in a machine.

Thank you!- Molly
June 27, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi LIsa-

The template should be working OK- but I've sent you a copy via email in case you're still having problems with it. Thanks for the comment!
June 27, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
These are freakin' adorable!!
June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Awesome!!! I will try them with paper and laminate them afterwards to prevent them from getting dirty. Thanks so much for this great project!
June 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy
these look absolutely yummy! i really want to make these :)
June 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteralycia
So cute and perfect for the summer! And a great project to work on with my daughter who is learning to sew.
June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
These are so cute.
June 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnna M.
I love this project, so summery cute!!! When will the colors of the thread come in?????
June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGay Ferland
Hi Gay-

The thread takes a while to come back in stock but you don't have to use the exact colors I did- it's pretty forgiving. If you want to order it now I would use the following colors: 72 for the orange and bright pink coasters , 46 for the light pink, 12 for the yellow , 1262 for the lime. Alternatively you could use color 4, which is an off-white, for everything.

Thank you for the question!- Molly
June 30, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I'm totally digging these--perfect for summer. I included them in a craft round-up on our's the link:

July 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAllison
Do I need to buy several felt bundles or do you have these colors in a bundle?
July 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarahsewer
very cute! but i'm having trouble finding your spring felt bundle (only spring greens). am i missing something?
July 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterc j

We are currently sold out of the spring bundles but if you'd like to be emailed when they come back in stock please email and let them know.

Thanks so much for your question!
July 6, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
These are so cute! Such bright and vibrant colours, making coasters fun and perfect for the summer parties! I will have to have a try at these when I get some time!
July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTruth Within
Just got my felt bundle and thread in the mail! Can't wait to get started...but I cannot seem to open the template. Such an adorable, fresh idea!
July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Hi Karen-

The template seems to be working fine from this end but just in case you're still having trouble we will send you a template via email. Thanks for your comment!- Molly
July 11, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
These are so cute!! :D So colorfull and creative! I love them.
July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
I loved these the instant I saw them. I made some but turned them into a garland to hang on my mantle. Thank you so much for the idea and the template!
July 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSerena
Thanks for sharing your version Serena. We always love seeing finished projects!
July 14, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hey there,
I've just started a blog and these lovely little coasters were my first post! My colours weren't quite as good as yours but I thought you'd like a peek...

Becca :)
July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
Hi Becca-

Thanks so much for sharing! We LOVE seeing finished projects!

- Molly
July 21, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I wanted to say thanks, I made some of these for my friend who is home dealing with her cancer treatments and it was nice to send her something she could use and a little note that says "when life gives you lemons, use them as a coaster, you'lll need a good drink!" she loved it..
oh, I did change the "seeds" to heart shapes for her and that was all I did differently
July 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTricia
I love these! I am DEFINITELY making them, how perfect for the summer. I also shared them on my blog today:
July 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVixen
Very cute and a great idea. Thanks for sharing!
July 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSri
so wish we had these colours in New Zealand with spring still to come. The colours have just brightened up my dreary winter very cute
August 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdonna
love these so much, have made my own version but linked it back to you :) thanks for sharing :) xx
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeanne
I fell in love with them the moment I saw them....they are really cute!!! I am making them right now as I write and have completed 2 Orange, 2 yellow and 2 pink await their turn......One thing I am worried about is their care. What do I do if they get dirty? Can they be laminated...if yes, how?
Thanks for the tutorial.
September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonal
Hi Sonai-

They can't be laminated but they can be sprayed with a stain resistant, like Scotch Guard.

They can also be hand washed by soaking them in a gentle cleanser and then drying them flat. We carry a great phosphate free cleanser called "Soak" here:

Thanks for your question!
September 15, 2011 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
So I decided I had to make these....between making marmalade and citrus coasters I can make it through the last of the winter blahs....but after cutting the template my fruit looks odd. Guessing its the nature of the cheap felt I have to use instead of the fancy stuff....had to do some creative trimming. Love how they came out though.
February 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngela Watts
I loved this idea and featured it on my blog. Thank you for sharing your great tutorial!
April 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaurel Stephens
How would you wash these if they were to get dirty? spilt drink etc?
They are really lovely, i love all things citrus, especially lemons.
May 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Wright
Hi Julie-

You can treat them ahead of time with a stain resistant spray like Scotch Guard or just spot clean them by hand when they get dirty.

Thank you for your question!

May 4, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I found your blog, with wild olive's blog. I Just started to sew with felt, that's so funny way!
I tried your citrus!
I wondered what is the right size of the circle?
thanks for your answer!
May 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercécile
Hi Cecile-

You can download the pattern for the circle (and all the other pieces) here:

Thank you for your question!

May 7, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
So cute! Thank you! :)
May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpillowsalamode
Such an adorable project! I think I'll make some myself!
June 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiana
Saw these at The thriftiness Miss! I love them. They are soooooo summery!
July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRuth
These coasters are really nice!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobyGiup

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