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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)

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBINA
Dear Bee
thank you for this lovely blog. I bought some wool felt and now i'm making pumpkin coasters for our thanks giving party this fall. Im sure our geusts will be exited.
Best regards Lynne
July 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLynne
Que lindo!! Estou maravilhada com este site!
Adoro artesanato e, se Deus quiser, terei mais tempo pra fazer coisinhas lidas!!
Parabéns pelo site!!
Amanda (Minas Gerais, Basil)
August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
I loved making these! So relaxing, and turned out great!
November 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTess
Hi, Would glue work for assembling these? For our program, sewing isn't an option. If we could use some Elmer's glue that would be great!
April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJaylene
Hi Jaylene-

Sure, you could use glue. They won't be as sturdy but they will be just as cute!

April 3, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
These little citrus coasters will be great to take to the hospital and make while I sit with my husband after his op. I dont know why, but I must make them, they are just such happy positive little things. Thank you for inspiring me.
May 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnette
Several yrs. later seeing these coasters and this Spring/Summer I need to make some of these. I like to sit outside in a lawn chair and sew on portable projects and your fruit coasters are just the ticket. Thank you for your post.
what a great summer hostes gift thanks for sharing, God Bless
May 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjulie
These are the perfect accents for summer on our new glass-topped coffee table. I am adding the citrus features to.a set of placemats also. What a good project!!! Thanks so much!!!
May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngel
What a great idea! Can't wait to get the supplies so I can make them.
I wonder if there is any way to prevent the condensation from the glasses from going through the felt and getting on the furniture.
Any ideas?
May 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudy
Hi Judy-

In our experience this hasn't been a problem. The three layers of felt seem to protect the furniture just fine. But if you are worried about it you could cut a circle of template plastic and sandwich it in-between the layers before sewing the two sides together.

Here is a link to our template plastic:

Thank you for your question and good luck with the project!

May 17, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
I can't get the template to load.
May 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
Hi Katie-

The template is working fine our our end. You might want to try downloading it from a different browser. If that doesn't work you can email me and I'll send you a copy.

Molly AT purlsoho DOT com

Thank you!

May 20, 2013 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi! this is sooo cool! im so goning to try this!
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmmy
soooooo SWEET
May 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter~amy~
Thanks for sharing this great idea!
After adding these to my to-do-list months ago, I finally made some of my own! Check them out on my blog if you like.
June 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnNa
I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured these adorable coasters! You can see them here:

Thanks for another cute and fun project idea!
July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy deRosier
I was inspired by these coasters and your apple coasters to make some kiwi coasters. Thanks for the inspiration, Molly!
January 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

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