Monday, March 21, 2011

CYO Fabric Coasters

Have you ever seen a beautiful fabric that you wanted to display somewhere in your home, yet didn't have a place to add another pillow, curtain, or slip cover? Well, how about coasters? Here is a simple Create Your Own (CYO) coaster project that will catch anyone's attention....

You will need:
4- 3 1/2 inch Fabric Squares (I recommend using good quality fabric scissors, like Gingher, to prevent fraying)
4 Tiles (I purchase mine at Lowes, but you can find them at various hardware stores)
Cork (may be rolled, in sheets, or you can even use felt squares or circles)
Hot Glue Gun
Mod Podge (your BFF in the craft world; I use gloss)
Acrylic Waterproof Sealant (I use Krylon Crystal Clear spray; a brush on application may also be used)
Sponge Brush

Step 1
Because the bottom of your tiles look like this...

you MUST protect your furniture using cork or adhesive felt. Some tiles are perfectly smooth on the bottom, but you still want to add protection. Gotta keep the furniture pretty!

If you buy cork in bulk (roll or sheets) you have to cut your own squares. No biggie. I place the tile on the cork and cut around it to make a perfect square for the tile. Make sure you use thin cork versus overly think because it will fall apart when you cut it. 

Step 2
Use the hot glue to bind the cork to the bottom of the tile. Work in right angles so that the glue does not have a chance to dry. Also, when you lay the cork down, you want it to be "bending" towards the tile, not away. So, if you were to lay the cork on the tile, it should make a "tunnel," not a "ditch." 

Once you have your cork on, or felt... it will look like this...

If you want a more natural look, maybe for an outside patio, you could stop here. But, we want pretty. Let's get pretty.

Step 3
Line your tiles "four square" and add one layer of Mod Podge, using your sponge brush. Just slap it on. I go in a clockwise direction so that I know every tile has had the same amount of time to dry between coats. By the time you finish, you can go ahead and begin to add your fabric. In the same rotation you chose before, place your fabric onto the tile and LIGHTLY press/rub the fabric in to set it into the Mod Podge. Keep an eye out for bubbles. Be careful around the edges because you do not want to cause fraying... me no likey fray.

Note: I cut out a 3 1/2 inch square out of cardboard and use that as my template when I cut my fabric. Place it in the back of the fabric and with a pencil, trace the square and then cut it out. Less stress is a good thing. "Work smart, not hard."

Step 4
Now, enters patience and a good opportunity for you to muli-task. Repeat Step 3, adding a layer of Mr. Podge on each tile and then walk away. Allow it to dry 15-20 minutes. Use a sweeping motion in the middle of the fabric, but "blot" the edges and reinforce the bond. Sometimes the edges need a little extra encouragement. As always, remember their sensitivity. If they get upset, it's ugly. Trust me.

Step 5
Using your finger, gently rub over the fabric to work out any bubbles that may have come up and to make sure your fabric is as snug as a bug between the tile and Mr. Podge. Remember... edges. You can usually figure out which way the grain of the fabric is going, so work with it rather than against it. P.S.-Don't worry about having "too much" podge on b/c it dries clear. Just run your brush back over your finger marks to smooth it out.

Step 6
Repeat Step 4. Yes, one more coat. You want your fabric to be protected, right? Walk away and come back in 30 minutes.

Step 7
Bring your tiles outside on the concrete or place them on a protected surface and give them a good dose of the acrylic sealant. That's it! Allow to dry a good 2 hours before you wrap it up as a gift or place it on your coffee table. Welcome shiny and beautiful!

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try... a fray will show its face.
Imperfections are the beauty marks of being homemade.
Other options: scrapbook paper instead of fabric, matte vs. gloss, colored tile, photos, etc.

Fabulous Idea for those with Kiddos: Take a piece of art work your child has drawn/painted/colored, cut it into fours and when the coasters are together, you see the whole picture.

Men: Find out their favorite sport or professional team and find a coordinating fabric.

I love creating these with four different, yet beautifully coordinated fabrics. My aunt chose these two fabrics for her living room and they work perfect. The best part about this project is the versatility. Being inexpensive is a great perk too.

Happy Creating!


  1. I like your coaster idea! Thanks for sharing...=) I always love looking at ideas having to do with tile or both!


  2. Thank you Cilicia! These coasters are great for the holidays and so inexpensive to make that you could create themed coasters throughout the year in your own home.

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