Tutorial: Fold and Turn Coasters
These fold-and-turn coasters are SO easy and fun to make! I first saw this pattern in 2002 at a guild meeting, and the instructions were handwritten. There were no pictures … only hand drawings. Well, we’ve come a long way in 8 years!
I made this set of 4 coasters to include with the potholders I made for Amy’s Potholder Pass #2.
These coasters were made with five 5-inch cotton squares and one 5-inch flannel square. These can also be made in other sizes so long as the squares are equal-size. Suggested square sizes range from 4-1/2” to 6” … your choice. You may also use one 5-inch batting square, but I found batting was a tad too thick. But, again, your choice.
(1) You will choose three different fabrics. Two fabrics will be used for the top of the coaster and one will be used for the bottom (backing). I chose the light blue for the bottom:
(2) Cut fabric to the desired square size. I used 5” squares.
(3) Lay flannel (or batting) square on table:
(4) On top of the flannel square, place your bottom (backing) fabric square, RIGHT SIDE UP. This will be the bottom of your coaster:
(5) Now take each of the four squares of your two top fabrics and fold in half. Press.
(6) You will arrange the folded halves around the bottom (backing) square with the folds to the center. Place the 1st folded square on top as follows:
(8) Place the 3rd folded square on top of the previous, like this:
(9) Here’s where it gets a little tricky … just a little! You will be tucking the end of the last (4th) folded half under the end of the 1st folded half, like this:
(10) Now place the end of the 1st fold half on top of the last (4th) folded half. The folded squares should all be tucked in and all folds should be in the center. Raw edges should be even. Your coaster should look like this:
(11) You may wish to use a couple of pins to hold it together. Now sew a 1/4” seam around all raw edges, like so:
(12) Once you’re finished sewing, trim the corners:
(13) Here’s the fun part! Pulling from the center, turn the folded squares inside out. The bottom (backing) fabric will be pulled from the inside to the outside:
Use your imagination for fabric combinations: florals, animals, geometrics, etc. Make a set for each season or holiday. These make great gifts!