Wine Coaster & Mug Rug Tutorial

quilted wine coasters

Wine coasters made with coordinating quilt fabrics, making it easy to distinguish whose glass belongs to whom. Fabric line is “Reunion” by Sweetwater Fabrics for MODA. 


A parent’s job educating their offspring is never done, even if said youngin’ is earning a living, paying bills, and in her 40’s. My mom came to visit me this past weekend and guess what she taught me to make?  Wine coasters that when flipped over, can serve double duty as mug rugs. Well…mug rugs are technically large enough to fit a coffee mug and a small snack…which these don’t. So I guess they are mug rugs for dieters! Point being, you can tuck the bottom of a wine glass inside one side, flip them over, and rest a coffee mug on the other. There are various tutorials on the Internet for these, but my mom adapted the size, doesn’t quilt the bottom fabric, and also makes them sans pinning so it goes a bit faster.

Materials (for one coaster)

• 5 coordinating fabrics, each at least 6″ square (Note: Choose fabrics with small-scale prints, otherwise you wont be able to see the full print on the wine coaster side since it consists of four folded fabrics.)

• Sewing machine loaded with monofilament thread in the top and in the bobbin

• 1/4″ sewing foot

• Iron and ironing board

• Fabric scissors, marking tool,  and a 5″ circle template (or an AccuQuilt GO!  fabric cutter with the 5″ circle die cut)



1. Take your five fabrics and cut them into 5″ circles, making sure they are all exactly 5″ in diameter.

2. Choose your bottom fabric (the coffee coaster side) and lay it right-side up.

backing right side up

3. Take your other four fabrics that have been cut into 5″ circles, fold each of them in half with wrong sides together (right sides out), and press.

4. Take your first folded circle and lay it on top of the bottom fabric.

step 1 fold

5. Lay your second folded circle 90 degrees on top of the first.

Step 2 fold


6. Continue with the third folded circle, laying it on top of the second folded circle at a 90-degree angle.

Step 3 fold


7. Lay the fourth and final folded circle on top, tucking half of it underneath the first folded circle.

tucking 4th under 1st

Here’s how it should look, making sure the top four folded fabrics are perfectly aligned with the backing fabric circle:

4 folded for sewing


Make sure there is a small square hole in the middle, as this is where the base of the wine glass goes into, and where you will turn everything right sides out once finished sewing. See the small square hole in the middle in the picture below?

Ready for sewing


8. Very carefully take this sandwich to your sewing machine and with a 1/4″ seam, stitch all the way around the perimeter, stitching it entirely closed.



8. Once stitched entirely closed, with the small square opening, pull all of the folded fabrics through and turn right sides out. Press.


These make great gifts and housewarming presents. Thanks for the polka dot coasters, Mom. Very thoughtful!

polka dot wine coasters

I will be bringing a dozen of these coasters/ mug rugs to trade at our Trading Wall at International Quilt Festival/Long Beach later this week. Hope to see you there!

wine coasters with MODA fabrics



2012 Spring Quilt Market Report!

As I write this, we are at the halfway mark of Day Two at Spring Quilt Market, and the show is proving to be so much fun…and busy!

Above: People on their way to Sample Spree, the event that opens the night before Quilt Market, where buyers, retailers, and other quilt professionals who pre-registered for Quilt Market can get their fabric-loving fingers on the newest fabric lines, notions, and gadgets. The event did not begin until 8:00 PM but we saw people lining up as early as 2:00!

Um…I went a little nuts at Sample Spree. (I think my bag weighed 30 pounds.) I bought Kona solid jelly rolls, stacks of Basic Grey fats from Moda, a HUGE pile of fabric from Seven Islands, and beautiful new prints from Windham. As much as I am tempted to keep all of this for myself, I am going to give some away on my blog, plus some of my Moda fabrics I’ll ship to my mom. (Happy Pre-Birthday, Mom!)

I am always eager to see what Alexander Henry Fabrics will display in their booth, and I thought this upholstered chair installation was so clever! And wouldn’t two of these chairs look splendid in my living room with my newly upholstered stools? I have nudged to see if they would sell any to me. I doubt it, but I must get some of these black and white prints to upholster some chairs.

When this Riley Blake chevron fabric hits the quilts stores I am going to buy yards of this stuff, and in every color. Wouldn’t it be a great print for borders and sashing?

Be still my heart…there is a cruiser on the floor! I was very tempted to leave a note that said “Be right back!” and take it for a spin but thought better of it. Don’t you love the tote basket and little fabric purse under the seat? Hemma Design has patterns for those…just sayin’.

Speaking of patterns, I found these origami-style quilts by Carolyn Friedlander quite charming!

Love the large quilt, too.

OK, let’s make this a multiple choice quiz and see how well you know your Westminster Fibers designers. Which fabric designer’s booth do you think I am in?

A. Anna Maria Horner

B. Kaffe Fassett

C. Denyse Schmidt

If you chose C, Denyse Schmidt, pat yourself on the back! I love those piles of those brightly hued quilts and couldn’t help but think how great they would look stored in my new sofa console. This is the exact look I am going for.

Man Cave Alert! Wouldn’t you be tempted to spend more time with your guy in his Man Cave and sit through a professional wrestling match if you could cozy up his playroom with some quilts? Crazy Old Ladies take the frill out of quilting by devising their “Geared for Guy” quilt pattern line. Pretty clever!

Last but not least, if you have followed my blog you may know I am a huge animal lover, including fictional furry friends. Imagine my glee when I saw that Chewbacca decided to come to Quilt Market to celebrate the new Star Wars line with Camelot Cottons. I love you, Chewy!

More pictures and stories on Quilt Market tomorrow but I am remiss in picking a winner from this past Monday’s giveaway question. Congratulations to Mary Brown! Please email me at with your shipping address, and I will ship you a copy of Modern Patchwork as soon as I get back home.

I’m signing off now so I can see what else I spot on the Quilt Market show floor!


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