Mix-It-Up Cocktail Coasters

Makes six coasters. Finished size: 4 inches by 4 inches.

Stitched up in colors reminiscent of your favorite cocktails– frozen margaritas, Blue Lagoons, mint juleps, and martinis with a twist– a set of these coaters makes a perfect gift. Give them away along with a set of coordinating swizzle sticks or glasses. Select six fabrics in shades of lemon and lime, then layer them, three to a pile, and cut out the pattern pieces. After that, shuffle the pieces to mix up the colors and see what you get!

What you need:
Download and print the “Mix-It-Up Cocktail Coasters” pattern PDF (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view).

Fabric and other materials, for the coaster backs:

  • Lime Green: about 1/8 yard
  • Cotton batting: about 1/8 yard

Fabric and other materials, for the coaster fronts:
-A total of about 1/4 yard of cotton fabric pieces, scraps, or remnants, comprising the following (or your favorite) colors, each cut into 5-inch-by-8-inch rectangles:

  • Lemon Yellow plaid
  • Cocktail Shaker Silver geometric print
  • Creme de Menthe Green solid
  • Olive Green solid
  • Lime Green solid

What you do:
1. From the Lime Green fabric, cut six 4 1/2-inch-by-4 1/2-inch squares for the Coaster Backs. From the cotton batting, cut six 4 1/2-inch-by-4 1/2-inch squares for the Coaster padding. Set aside.

2. Stack three of the Coaster Front fabric rectangles (any three of the six colors), right sides up, edges aligned. Lay out the enlarged pattern pieces on top of the stack, pinning through all the layers. Cut out all the pieces. Repeat with the remaining three Coaster Front fabric rectangles.

3. Position each color separately in “Ready-Set-Sew.” (Link opens in new window.)

4. Give each coaster a unique color combination by shuffling the pieces until each block has a mix of fabrics and colors. You can work systematically, moving all of the A pieces around first, for instance, then moving the B pieces, and so on. Or you can improvise, swapping out colors until you’re pleased with the results. Just remember to keep the pieces in the Ready-Set-Sew position as you work!

5. Referring to the “String-Piecing Method” (link opens in new window), stitch all Coaster Front pieces together, aligning the points where the seam lines intersect on each piece. Press the seam allowances of the A and F pieces toward their outside edges. The rest of the seam allowances should be pressed toward the darker fabric. Square up each Coaster Front, then machine-baste around the perimeter of each, 1/8 inch from the edge.

6. Center one square of batting on the wrong side of each of the Coaster Backs, and machine-baste around the perimeter of each one, 1/8 inch from the edge.

7. With right sides together, lay the Coaster Fronts on the Coaster Backs, aligning the edges and pinning if necessary. Leaving a 1 1/4-inch-wide opening at the center bottom for turning, stitch around the perimeter of the square, pivoting at corners. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam to secure the stitches. Trim corners. (Link opens in new window.)

8. Turn each Coaster right side out through the opening. Use a point turner to push out the corners. Press flat. Use the slip stitch (link opens in new window) to close the opening, or stitch by machine, close to the edge of the folds.

9. Stitch in the ditch by hand or, if you’d prefer, machine-quilt the coasters.


Text and images from the book, Denyse Schmidt Quilts used by permission of Denyse Schmidt and Chronicle Books.

For more information about Denyse, read our interview with her here.