DIY Plaid Flannel Coasters

5 Materials
2 Hours

Plaid flannel coasters can be made easily with cork and a thrifted shirt. Here’s the simple how to. Great for yourself, or a fun gift idea!

When the weather starts to cool, I get in the mood to pull out the flannel and jeans. And what’s better than turning some of those old plaid flannel shirts into fun, upcycled projects? Today I’m going to be making DIY Plaid Flannel Coasters from a new fun crafting book, Crafting with Flannel by Sarah Ramberg.

Materials Needed:

old plaid flannel shirt or fabric yardage

cork tiles

embroidery floss to coordinate

Tools Needed:

fabric scissors and pinking shears or rotary cutter with pinking shears blade

cutting mat

spray adhesive for multi surface

embroidery needle


Cut cork tiles into desired coaster size. 4" square works well.

Cut fabric 1" larger than cork coasters. Pay attention to plaid fabric pattern to line up what part of design you desire.

Use spray adhesive on cork square and attach 1 piece of fabric. Press down. Turn over and do the same with the other piece of fabric, sandwiching the cork in between. Follow dry time directions on bottle.

Divide a length of embroidery floss in 1/2 and stitch around, close to the cork edge. Use any stitch you like.

Trim extra fabric off edge with pinking shear or rotary pinking blade.

The book shows a chain stitch and a running stitch around coasters with a pinking shear edge.I used a blanket stitch for 4 of my coasters edges. There was only a small margin of fabric around the cork. The blanket stitch was a nice finishing edge also.Great way to brush up on your embroidery skills!

Think I definitely need to practice a little more on my embroidery stitches; I was a little rusty on the blanket stitch! But these cork flannel coasters were so easy and fun to make, and a great way to use some old plaid shirts! I did prefer the feel of the wool plaid better…of course, it was an old Pendleton jacket.

Crafting with Flannel is a great book, full of easy crafts to make for yourself, or for gifting! I think Sarah knocked it out of the park with this handy book. What a fun way to celebrate flannel! Hope you enjoyed this DIY Plaid Flannel Coasters how to.

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  • Jeanettejuniel Jeanettejuniel on Nov 06, 2021

    Will the cork/flannel combo be prone to mold? Do they dry quickly?


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