DIY Crafts – Painted Coasters

I am so excited to share today a DIY craft to make these painted coasters. They are painted and free-stitched embroidery and I love how they came out. 

DIY Painted Coasters

By now you have probably figured out that I am slightly obsessed with the technique called Free Stitch Embroidery. All of the projects using this technique on Pinterest involve embroidering over other fabrics. I came up with the idea to paint the fabric in a loose way and then adding the embroidery for detail. 

I call this technique Painted and Free Stitched. It’s easy and fun and very liberating.

I have also teamed up with a group of sixteen other bloggers who are sharing their DIY Summer crafts. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see all of their wonderful ideas.

I have made pillows for Spring and Easter and now I have made some coasters for Summer. These were easy to make and I love how they turned out.

Painted and Stitched Coasters

What is Free Motion Embroidery?

Free motion machine embroidery is a type of sewing that you do on a regular sewing machine but you can move the material in any direction while sewing it on your machine.  Normally when you sew, the machine automatically moves the fabric forward. When you sew free motion embroidery, you get to move the fabric so you determine exactly where you want to sew. You can move sideways, forward, backward, and create any shape you want. All you need is a quilting foot.

The free-motion quilting foot, sometimes called a darning foot, is designed so that the sewing machine needle passes through a small ring on the foot. Instead of hopping, these feet float over the fabric without providing pressure.  The Foot releases the fabric when the needle is in the up position, allowing you to move the fabric freely.

This is the free motion foot for your machine. This foot may vary based on your type of machine but I linked a universal one that should fit!

I read a lot about lowering the “feed dogs” on your machine when stitching free-motion embroidery. Feed dogs are the little teeth on your sewing machine that feed your fabric evenly through the machine. These teeth are extremely important because they help us produce perfectly spaced, even stitches whenever we sew garments, piece quilts, or applique shapes on our machine. Most people recommend that you lower the feed dogs for free-motion embroidery.

For this project, I lowered the feed dogs using a lever on my machine. If your machine doesn’t let you lower the feed dogs, use a Supreme Slider instead.

What You Need to Make Painted and Free Stitched Coasters

1/4 yard of cotton fabric (I used a dropcloth)

Acrylic Paint (or fabric paint if you prefer)

A cardboard template measuring 5 1/2″ square

Embroidery Thread (I used Sulky Machine Embroidery thread)

Sewing machine 

How to Make Painted and Free Stitched Coasters

To make four coasters, trace eight of the templates on the cotton fabric. Trace them in two rows of four squares each.

Cut out Squares

Pick your design and color palette and select the points accordingly.

How to Make a DIY Craft Painted Coasters

Mix your colors only using these few paint colors. Add more yellow for warm colors and a very small amount of white to lighten colors. The key is that you use no more than four colors to mix all of your main colors. I actually added some green for leaves.

Mix the Paint

Whatever design you choose, paint the coaster very loosely. Do not include any detail, just shapes.

DIY Craft Painted Flower

Paint all four coasters. You can paint them the same, slightly different, or entirely different. It’s up to you. I painted mine slightly differently, with very little detail.

DIY Craft Painted Flowers

I used a dark brown embroidery thread and used free motion embroidery to stitch the detailing in my coasters. 

Sewn vs. Non-sewn

Watch this video to learn how to free stitch embroidery.

See how they are all a little different but similar? I love how these look with the embroidery.

Painted Flowers Stitched

Once you’re done stitching, iron the painted cloth and then retrace the 5 1/2″ square. (The fabric will change slightly from the paint so it is important to get a perfect square.)

Measure Squares

Next, cut out the coasters along the pencil-drawn line.

Cut the Squares

Cut out the fabric for the squares for the backside too.

Sew the Fronts and Backs Together

With an iron, fold over all of the edges 3/8″. It doesn’t have to be exactly 3/8″. But you just have to fold over the exact amount on all of the fronts and backs of the coasters. I just eyeballed it but I have sewn all my life and this is very easy for me to do.

DIY Craft Iron Edges

Pin the fronts and backs together making sure that the backside doesn’t show. Stitch all the way around the outside of each coaster. My seam allowance was 1/4″.

Pin Front and Back Together

Don’t these look great?

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DIY Crafts

To me, these are the perfect DIY coasters for summer and early fall.

DIY Craft Free Motion Embroidery

Links to the Items You May Like

Here are sixteen more DIY Crafts!

Click on any of the links for all of the details.

How to Seed a New Lawn from Scratch at The Happy Housie
DIY Palm Leaf Shadow Art Box (PB Knockoff) at Craftberry Bush
How to Make an Outdoor Pallet Tabletop at My Sweet Savannah
DIY Outdoor Planter with Candle at Clean & Scentsible
DIY Hanging Patio Garden at Tatertots and Jello

DIY Outdoor Candle Holders at The Handmade Home
DIY Painted Coasters at My 100 Year Old Home
Outdoor Tabletop Herb Garden at Inspiration for Moms
DIY Modern Sun Art at Cassie Bustamante

DIY Shell Candles at Finding Silver Pennies
DIY Beaded Garden Markers at Zevy Joy
Easy DIY Macrame and Driftwood Wall Hanging at Dans Le Lake House
DIY Printed Fern Art at Satori Design for Living

DIY Criss Cross Outdoor Planters at She Gave it a Go
Coastal Coaster DIY at Rambling Renovators
Stamped Spoon Garden Markers at Life is a Party
Summer Porch Updates at Taryn Whiteaker Designs

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  1. I don’t sew! No matter how simple the sewing might be, it’s just not my forte! Sure wish you sold these. I’d love to buy some! They are absolutely gorgeous.

  2. OH MY GOSH!!! I looooooove this project!!! And your pillow . . . just amazing!!!!! This gets the creative juices inside my head flowing again! You’re a very talented woman!!!! And your home . . .goodness, it’s just beyond words. Thank you for sharing some inspiration today! I’m feeling a little weary these days!

    1. I am so sorry, friend. We all have those days for sure. I hope you are feeling better today, so glad you enjoyed this post.

  3. These look so nice & so simple! You are so inspiring! Just got a new sewing machine and
    can’t wait to make these! Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with us!!!

  4. So adorable! I was just thinking these would be wonderful for Christmas as well with a fir tree painted on them! Since you are an artist, would you ever consider showing us how to paint this kind of design? I love to sew but the art part scares me. I have a hard time with stick people!

  5. Leslie, Thank you for your Brilliant ideas. I have been painting dish towels and pillow cases. not only have you given me a creative outlet I have made a little side gig out of selling them. It is a perfect way for me to ease into retirement.

    Thank you again,
    Donna Dozier

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