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DIY Iron-On Vinyl Coasters

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Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters.  Super easy DIY tutorial for making cute coasters out of scrap fabric & iron-on vinyl.  You could make these in any color/fabric or even mix & match.  Great handmade gift idea!

I have a really bad habit of  leaving my cold drinks on our wood surfaces, a habit that drives my nit-picky engineer husband absolutely insane.  After countless lectures–and more than a few silly arguments–I finally decided it would just be easier to make sure there were coasters at the ready in every single room of the house.

These little fabric & vinyl numbers were a breeze to whip up, and I managed to make a whole stack of them in about 45 minutes.  They are also great for parties and would be fun to do in any number of colors and fabrics.

Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters

Here is what you need:

spare fabric (you don’t need much–maybe 1/8th of a yard)
iron-on vinyl (I found mine at Pick Your Plum; you can also get it here)
iron & ironing board
pinking shears
ruler
pencil
sewing machine

Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters

Step 1:  Trim your fabric to approximately the same size as the vinyl.  I made it just a tad bigger to allow room for error.

Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters

Step 2:  Place vinyl shiny side down on ironing board, then place fabric right side facing up overtop of vinyl.

Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters

Step 3:  Iron fabric onto vinyl.  I couldn’t find any instructions for this (my vinyl didn’t come with any) so I just used the cotton setting and slowly moved it around for about two minutes until the whole thing was nice and hot.

Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters

Step 4:  Trim the edges of the rectangle with pinking shears.

Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters

Step 5:  Measure out squares then lightly mark with a pencil.  My squares ended up being 3.5″ x 3.75″ which gave me eight coasters per vinyl piece.

Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters

Step 6:  Stitch along edges of your coaster.  This helps keep the vinyl in place and adds a cute decorative finish.

Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters

Step 7:  Repeat steps for remaining coasters!

Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters.  Super easy DIY tutorial for making cute coasters out of scrap fabric & iron-on vinyl.  You could make these in any color/fabric or even mix & match.  Great handmade gift idea!

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Is coaster usage a source of contention in your home too?

9 Comments

  1. August 12 at 08:40AM

    These look so cute and so easy to make! I love the pattern you selected too.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

  2. August 12 at 08:53PM

    I love the coasters! What a great idea to use vinyl to make them. Great job.

  3. August 13 at 04:56AM

    There’s nothing better than making your own and these coasters really look great and so unique too.

  4. August 13 at 03:09PM

    Nice DIY! I sadly have no furniture that is nice enough to warrant coasters. Most of our tables are pretty rough and ready antiques.
    I’m new to your blog and really enjoying it :), thanks!

  5. August 13 at 08:35PM

    What a great way to use up fabric scraps! It would also be fun to make a bunch as a wedding gift and tie them with a cute ribbon. 🙂

  6. September 9 at 05:29PM

    so cute! yey, more ways to use fabric scraps!

  7. Steffanie
    November 1 at 09:16PM

    I just solved my Christmas gifts! I have lots of scraps and these are fun! Sets of coasters for everyone. It is going to be an extra frugal holiday and I prefer to make my gifts. This is a wonderful idea. Just discovered your blog. Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Steffanie
    November 2 at 12:50PM

    I just started making some preparing for holiday gifts. I wanted to share and embellishment for the extra kick and still keeps it so simple and fast. I have added a quote that makes me think about the recipient or a bible verse. I have a couple of fortune cookie slips for some less personal gifts and a few very plain hostess gift type things. Thank you so much for this really wonderful idea.

  9. November 18 at 08:41AM

    Such a cute and fun idea!
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