These useful, multipurpose discs make excellent little gifts. They are coasters that slip on a glasses stem base. They can be handy glass identifiers at gatherings, or use one to eliminate that unruly charging cord in your bag or pocket by putting the rolled phone cord inside.
Use speciality materials for different seasons or occasions, or just have fun with colour.
They are very inexpensive to make. If you or someone you know is a sewer they are a great way to use up scrape pieces of cotton, flannel, or felt.
Making these was another easy and quick project for our afternoon crafting get togethers.
Not everyone here has a sewing machine, so I suggested we stitch the Wine Coasters by hand. The decorative blanket stitch and all. It had been years since many of us opted to sew a project by hand. There were a few joking comments that I was torturing them, but it really wasn’t that bad. They don’t take long and we had fun.
Pictured is a 3pc. and a 5pc. style, and 2 sizes. The blue one is hand stitched and the smaller size.
We used a CD as a template to cut the larger sized circles.
Cut 3 or 5 circles depending on the style you are making. (The 3pc. has a bottom and 2 top halves. The 5pc. has a bottom and 4 top pcs. showing quarters.)
With wrong sides together, fold in half and press the (2 or 4) pieces for your top.
Place your full bottom circle with right side of material facing downward.
For the 3pc. style, – place and pin your 2 folded pieces on your bottom circle, butting up the folded edge in the middle. Don’t overlap fold.
For the 5pc. style, – place a folded piece on one half of bottom circle. Then each next folded piece is placed a quarter of the way around the circle, covering half of the previous piece. Once all 4 are in place there should be a roughly pencil lead sized hole in the middle for stem to come through. Pin pieces in place. (This step sounds more difficult than it is.)
Next for either style, sew through all layers (.5cm or 1/4”) around the outside edge of circle
Turn right side out.
Optional – Top stitch around outer edge, with straight, zigzag, or blanket stitch.
If you are interested in making these there’s also lots of pictures and detailed instructions on Pinterest. Just search, wine coasters or DIY wine coasters.
The CD sized 3 pc. style on a smaller based glass is a little loose fitting.
The CD 5 pc. style takes a few extra seconds to put on, but in my opinion fits better even on a smaller base.
I don’t think I would make the 5pc. style any smaller then a CD, it might be too hard to get on.
If possible, measure your bases before deciding which to make. Especially if making 3pc. style. Adjust the size of circles you cut according to your glasses base. (Cut roughly 1.5cm or 3/4” bigger than base to allow for seam and a little play.)
Do you or someone you know love to entertain and could use these?
Do you theme or decorate for your parties or get togethers?