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How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters

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Inside: How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters

Are you looking for a Fall scrap busting project? You’re going to love these easy Quilted Apple Coasters. They’re a fun way to say “Fall has arrived!”

It’s that time of year again when the wind shifts out of the north and there is a sudden chill in the air. And that means settling in and cozying up with a warm drink. And what does every hot beverage need…a cozy coaster! So, pull out those red scraps and let’s make this scrappy, handmade apple coaster. It’s destined to be a Fall favorite by all apple-lovers!

How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters

How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters


How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters
  • Apple + Leaves Template (FREE! See box below or find them in my Shop > Freebies section)
  • Assorted Red Fabric scraps
  • (1) 10” x 10” piece of Low Volume Fabric
  • (1) 4” x 5” Piece Green Fabric for Leaves
  • (1) 10” x 10” Piece Backing Fabric
  • Small piece of Brown Wool Felt
  • (1) 10” x 10” piece of Quilt Batting
  • Serrated Scissors
  • Wonder Fuse Fusible Web


Step 1: Get the FREE Apple Template

I’ve created a simple Apple Template that you can download for free. To download the FREE Apple Template, click the button below. You’ll be taken to the Freebies section of my Shop.

Step 2: Fabric Choices

Below are several options for making the top of your apple coasters.

  • You can use a single piece of 10″ x 10″ fabric.
  • Piece a 5″ x 10″ red piece of fabric with a 5″ x 10″ piece of low volume fabric.
  • Piece together red fabrics to create a patchwork design. Anything goes!
  • Piece fabrics together using the Quilt As You Go method. Anything goes!

Choose one of these ideas above and have it prepared before moving to the next step.

Step 3: Quilting the Coaster Top

In this step you will be quilting the apple coaster top to the batting. I recommend something simple like a diagonal or straight stitch quilting design.

  • Place the apple top fabric onto the piece of quilt batting. Pin to hold in place.
  • Quilt in any manner you desire.
  • Once quilting is finished, trim away excess batting.
How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters

Step 4: Cutting Out

Time to cut out your templates and apples. Note: You don’t need to cut out the leaves yet. That will be in the next step.

  • Print and cut out Apple + Leaf from template download. Set aside.
  • Place the apple template on the right side of your quilted coaster fabric. Note: If you have a center seam, be sure to line it up with the dotted line on the apple template.
  • Using a water-erasable pen, trace around the template and cut out the design. Pro Tip: Serrated scissors are great for this because they keep things from unraveling.
  • Place the apple template on the right side of your coaster backing fabric, trace, and cut out in the same manner.
  • Cut a strip of brown wool felt 1/2″ x 4″.
How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters

Step 5: Applique the Leaves

You will be adding leaf appliqués to your apple. If you’re new to applique I have several tutorials that demonstrate this. You can find them in the Applique section of the website. I also have an eBook with more details on applique.

  • Cut out the leaf template.
  • On the back of the Wonder Fuse, trace two leaves.
  • Rough-cut around the leaves, leaving at least a ¼” margin.
  • Fuse to the back of the green fabric. Let cool.
How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters
  • Cut out leaves on the traced line and remove the paper backing.
  • Fuse the leaves to the Apple. 
How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters
  • Using a water-erasable pen, draw leaf veins inside the leaves and stitch in a contrasting color.
  • Using a straight stitch or tiny zigzag, stitch around the perimeter of the leaves.

Step 6: Making & Attaching the Stem

For the stem I recommend a piece of wool felt which will give it a nice Fall feeling. Feel free to make a stem using a piece of brown fabric.

  • Take the stem piece and make into a loop by matching raw edges together.
  • Pin the stem loop to the right side of the apple coaster top with raw edges matching. Be sure the stem raw edges extend about 1/4″ beyond the raw edges of the apple. Baste to hold.
How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters

Step 7: Stitching the Layers Together

  • Place the apple coaster backing fabric right sides together on the quilted apple coaster top. Pin or clip to hold.
  • Leave a 1-1/2″ opening on the side for turning.
  • Using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch around the apple. Be sure to backstitch at the start and stop.
How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters
  • Clip curves and turn right side out. Press.
  • Blind stitch the opening closed.
  • Top stitch around the apple coaster.
How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters

Wasn’t that easy! Now try making a few more in other apple colors such as yellow and green! And be sure to share with your friends!

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How to Sew Quilted Apple Coasters

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