Simple Fabric Heart Coasters Tutorial

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The cutest Fabric Heart Coasters - tutorial and pattern included. Simple to make, perfect beginner project. Love these!

Hi 30 Days readers! I’m Allie from Miss Lovie and I’m here to share an easy sewing tutorial with  you today, my fabric heart coasters! These would make a perfect gift for your mom, sister, or a friend on Valentine’s Day. They’d also be a great hostess gift any time of the year!

10 Fabric Heart Coasters Valentine's Day

For these coasters, I used an inverse applique method I will show you. You could use this idea for hearts- or any shape that you like! This is a GREAT scrap-busting project. I’m pretty sure I used only scraps for the most part. 

14 fabric heart coasters

002 Fabric Heart Coasters

I love that these can be packaged up really cute and are the perfect little gift.

Ok let’s get started!

First, you’ll want to gather your materials:

01Fabric Heart Coasters

For each coaster, you’ll need 3 squares of whatever main fabric  you choose (I chose a linen-looking muslin), 1 square of fabric for the heart, 1 square of batting-not shown here- (any thinner kind will do- I used a low loft cotton batting) all cut into 4.5 inch squares. You’ll also need a heart template, coordinating thread, a pen to trace the fabric (you can use a disappearing ink pen, but you don’t really have to), and a needle for hand sewing. Be sure to wash and press your fabric before cutting!

02Fabric Heart Coasters

First trace a heart in the middle of one of the muslin fabric squares. You don’t have to use disappearing ink because you’re going to turn this inside out and you won’t even see it Here’s a template if you need it: heart template for coasters.


Pin one of the other muslin fabric squares to it.


Now you’re going to sew right on top of the line you just drew. Set your stitch length to a pretty short setting (1 or 2). This will help you create a nice curve. I always start sewing the heart as shown in the above picture so I can begin sewing in a straight line which makes it easier to back stitch. When you get to the point of the heart, simply leave your needle down, lift the presser foot and turn it until it’s pointed in the right direction and continue sewing. On the curves, sew a few stitches, leave the needle down, lift your presser foot, and turn it until it’s pointing in the right direction, and repeat. If you look at the right photo above, you’ll see where I’ve pivoted my fabric to go in the right direction. The red line of the presser foot should always be right on the line of the heart. Take your time on this part. Sew all the way around, remembering to back stitch everything closed.

05 Inverse Applique Fabric Coasters

Next, you’ll cut out the middle of the heart leaving a small seam allowance next to the heart outline. Cut through both layers of fabric. Then clip and notch the curves. You can use pinking sheers for this if you like, but I just cut out tiny triangles with my regular fabric scissors because they’re more precise  than the pinking shears I have.

06 Fabric Coaster-Valentine's Day

This is the cool part. Turn one of the layers of fabric inside out as shown above so that the seam is now hidden. Use a turning tool or a blunt pencil to poke out the top point of the heart. Once it’s turned inside out, press the seams open and flat. (Sorry- my picture for that step disappeared.)

Your heart should look like the one in the top left photo below.

07 Inverse Applique Fabric Coasters

Next, you’ll pin your other fabric behind the heart and top stitch around the heart outline. Now you have the top of your coaster!

08 Fabric Coasters Valentine's Day

Now, layer the last muslin square on top of the finished top (heart should be facing the muslin square-not showing from the back) and then place the batting square on top and pin all the layers together.

08 Fabric Coaster Valentine's Day

Sew around the edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance being sure to back stitch, leaving a 2 inch opening at the bottom for turning it inside out. Use pinking sheers to trim the edges and cut the corners off to ensure there isn’t too much bulk and the corners are nice and crisp. Turn the coaster inside out and use a turning tool or blunt pencil point to poke out the corners.

 09 Fabric Coasters Valentines Day

Turn the ends under where the opening is and press well. While you’re at it, press the entire coaster, smoothing out any wrinkles that accumulated while turning it inside out. Use your needle and a whip stitch to close that opening. Then top stitch the coaster on your machine using a 2/8 inch seam allowance. Finished!

13 Fabric Heart Coasters Inverse Applique

Once you get all the fabrics cut and get rolling, you can whip up a set of these in no time.

14 Fabric Heart Coasters Miss Lovie

 11 Heart Fabric Coasters Inverse Applique

Stack them and tie them up with a sweet ribbon and they are ready to be given away for a perfect gift. OR you can just keep them for yourself-which is probably what I will do because they’re so cute.

14 Fabric Heart Coasters Thirty Days

Make some lemonade, and enjoy.

Thanks for reading! Come visit me at Miss Lovie soon!

If  you enjoyed this tutorial you should come check out my other Valentine’s Day and heart ideas. You might love my Color Blocked Scallop Valentine’s Day Wreath or my Fabric Heart Bunting!


  1. Carol S. says

    These are just tooo cute!! I just made one up and with your wonderful tutorial it was so easy!!
    I really want to thank you for sharing this coaster pattern with us. I have several more cut and ready to go but I just had to thank you first.

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  5. Connie says

    These are just adorable! I was immediately inspired to make a table runner by connecting them and adding some lattice work. Super cute!! Keep em coming!

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  8. says

    Allie and Mique, I am so thrilled to be featuring these amazing coasters with all of the readers at the Show Stopper Saturday party tomorrow morning! Thank you for sharing these with us. I am (obviously) in love with your tutorial. (=

  9. Josi Stevens says

    Made 2 sets for my daughters for Valentine’s Day. A great project for using up scraps. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  10. says

    Allie, these are so cute! If I had any seamstress skills at all, I’d be all over this. For now, I’ll definitely pin it for everyone else to check it out!

  11. Angela @ Mommy Moment says

    These coasters are SO adorable and could be personalized in so many different ways.
    Really neat! Thanks :)

    • says

      Hi Celeste! Hold on to the bottom piece of fabric and take the top piece of fabric and push it through the open heart. Push the entire top piece through to the back, use a blunt pointed object/point turner to push out the point at the top of the heart, press the seams open. When I was trying to figure it out, I was pretty confused, too. It’s definitely tricky. Hope that helps!