Handmade Coasters – or – How to Catch the Drip

Why in the world would you want to make handmade coasters? Isn’t that a bit of overkill?   Maybe not…

Let me guess – instead of a traditional coaster, you use a folded paper towel to set a dripping glass on. Right? You do this because a) you probably can’t find many coasters in stores, and b) if you do find them, they are either not your style, too expensive, or both. So, instead of spending money, you just fold up that paper towel and go on about your day.

Actually, a handmade coaster can solve all three of those problems, and protect your furniture in the bargain. First, you can make it yourself without having to search through a store or catalog to find them. Second, you can create it to fit your style, and third, these are one of the easiest and most frugal things to make.  All you have to do is gather up a few scraps of fabric, a crochet hook and settle in for a fun hour or so of crafting!

Want to take it one step further? Creating a set of handmade coasters is also a perfect gift. Give a set as a house-warming gift, add it to a gift basket or use them as stocking stuffers. You just can’t go wrong with handmade coasters!

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How to Make Handmade Coasters

First, if you don’t know how to crochet, this is a good place to start! Next – gather a few supplies. You don’t need much, just four things:


  • Fabric strips cut into 1” width –approximately 2 yards each (I used three different colors – 1 for each row)
  • Size ‘L’ Crochet Hook
  • Rotary Cutter & Mat (or scissors to cut the fabric)
  • Embroidery Scissors (for trimming)

I used a cotton fabric for my coasters, which needed a size ‘L’ hook. If you choose a heavier fabric, just adjust the size accordingly.

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Handmade Coaster Directions:

Ch 4, and sl st in 1st ch from the hook to form a ring.

R1: Ch 3; 10 dc inside the ring. Join with sl st to the 1st dc of the round to join.

R2 – 3: ch 2; 2 hdc in 1st chain from the hook; ch 2; 1hdc in each remaining ch. Sl st to 1st hdc of the round to join.

Finish off and weave in ends.

Using a small pair of embroidery scissors, trim off any loose threads from the fray of the fabric.

(These can be made with all one color fabric, or do each round in a different one for a fun contrast!)

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Just How Easy is THAT?

Handmade coasters are one of the easiest crochet projects I can think of. For beginners at the art of crochet, it may take a bit of getting used to working with bulky fabric. But at the same time, it is also easier to see the chains as you go along.

For all of you pros out there, you can make several coasters, or sets of coasters, in an afternoon. These are also a good project keep in your ‘Go Bag’ to take along with you when you know you will have some down time, like at a doctor’s office, in  a carpool line or waiting for a meeting to start.

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Handmade Coasters – part of the Handmade Home Series

Did you enjoy finding a craft you can make for your home or a gift? Stick around! The month of April will be all about handmade items you can make for your home. Many of them will be frugal projects that add a touch of ‘love’ and fun for your home.

There will also be others to help you that add a special touch to the gifts you give; adding fun to your home in small ways; offer a helping hand to the birds and the bees; getting organized, and even one to help out your Community.

Be sure to keep coming back for a visit to learn more about the fun ways you can add handmade touches to your home in the Handmade Home series. Handmade coasters are just the tip of the crafting basket!

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Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.


  1. How beautiful the flowers at the beginning of your site. Love the idea of crochet coasters. I will make several. Thanks for the idea. Oh, I am an old farm girl from Mississippi; I’ve been living in Arizona since the early 1970’s. I am subscribing and look forward to communicating with you again. Oh, I am an old lady, about 77. I now live in an assisted living place. It’s not so bad but I am the second youngest one here! Bye!

    1. Hi, Eleanor! Thank you for all of your kind words! I think the ‘old farm girls’ are the absolute best! 🙂 If you ever want to sit down for a ‘visit’, feel free to email me at julie@thefarmwife.com. I would LOVE to talk with you more – something tells me I could learn a lot from you!

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