Protect your furniture with these Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters!

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.

These Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters are a breeze to whip up!

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

Not much is needed to create these 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.

Step 1: Trim your fabric.

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

Get your iron ready!

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.

Iron the fabric onto the vinyl.

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

Use the pinking shears to trim the edges.

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.

Measure the squares.

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

Stitching helps keep the vinyl in place.

Step 7:  Repeat steps for remaining coasters!

These Simple Iron-On Vinyl Coasters make great gifts too!

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