Festive Fabric Yo-Yo Coasters

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Whether you’re wanting a pop of color underneath a plant or looking for a quick project to add some visual fun to holiday decor, take a look at the festive yo-yo coaster.

Using both hand and machine sewing, this quick and easy project can be done in no time.

This fun coaster also makes a great companion piece for gifts such as candles, vases, and other knick-knacks.

plant on fabric yo-yo coaster

Fabric, Supplies, and Tools

Circle templates

Use the form below to get the FREE templates.

There are templates for small and large coasters and for small and large yo-yos. They can be combined any way you want.

Finished Sizes

  • SMALL coaster finished sizes (diameter):
    • 4 1/4 inches – coaster only
    • 6 1/2 inches – with small yo-yos
    • 7 inches – with large yo-yos
  • LARGE coaster finished sizes (diameter):
    • 5 1/4 inches – coaster only
    • 7 1/2 inches – with small yo-yos
    • 8 inches – with large yo-yos

General Fabric Information

  • The amount of fabric needed will depend on the size and type of festive circle coaster you make. 100% cotton is recommended.
  • It takes 2 fabric circles and one fusible fleece circle to make one coaster.
  • A 7 x 7 inch fabric square is large enough to cut out one large circle template.

Fabric and Supplies

  • Fabric to cut out at least two 6-inch circles (large coaster)
  • Fabric scraps to make yo-yos
  • Fusible fleece – enough to cut out at least one 6-inch circle (large coaster). Only one side of the fleece should be fusible.

Tools

  • sewing machine
  • iron and board
  • paper scissors
  • fabric scissors
  • marking pen (that is removable)
  • pins/clips
  • hand needle
  • thread

Preparation

Tip: Read all of the directions before you begin.

Print out the circle templates and cut them out.

Decide what size coaster and yo-yos you want to make.

Trace and cut out 2 fabric circles, 1 fusible fleece circle, and enough yo-yos to go around the fabric circle (see the template for the exact number).

circle templates with the fabric and fleece cut out

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the fleece and fuse it on the wrong side of one of the fabric circles.

Fusible fleece shown on the wrong side of the fabric on one of the circles.

Construction of the Coaster

Put the two fabric circles right sides together and line up the raw edges. Clip/pin in place.

Using a 3/8-inch seam allowance, sew around the edge of the circles. Leave a gap for turning.

Coaster circles clipped together with 3/8-inch seam line marked.

Turn the coaster so the right sides are out. Push your finger around the seam on the inside to get the edge of the coaster to curve smoothly.

Fold the edges of the opening to the inside. Pin/clip in place.

Close the opening with the ladder stitch then start making the yo-yos.

If you don’t know how to make fabric yo-yos, take a look at the next section.

An almost finished coaster with a fabric yo-yo that has been started.

Make the Fabric Yo-Yos

You can take a look at this photo tutorial on how to make fabric yo-yos or watch the video below.

YouTube video

Attach the Fabric Yo-Yos

Lay the yo-yos around the edge of the circle coaster. Make a mark in the center of each yo-yo and on the coaster so you know where to sew them.

Image of coaster with fabric yo-yos around the outside. Inset shows where to mark the the fabric.

Pin or clip the yo-yos in place. The yo-yos will overlap quite a bit.

A front and back image of the coaster with fabric yo-yos attached to it clips.

With your hand needle/thread, take a couple of stitches on either side of the marks to secure the yo-yos in place on the coaster. (Tip: Use a longer needle like a milliner needle.)

Note: There is a video tutorial in the next section that will show you an easy way to sew the yo-yos to the coaster.

Once all the yo-yos are attached to the coaster, mark the center point of each yo-yo where they touch each other. Then connect the yo-yos to each other with a couple of hand stitches using the marks as a guide.

Image of coaster with fabric yo-yos around the outside. Inset shows where to mark the the fabric yo-yos to connect them to each other.

Once you’re done sewing the yo-yos to the coaster and each other, remove the marks.

Video Tutorial

See how to attach the yo-yos to the coaster in the first part of the video.

At timestamp 6:14, I’ll show you how to connect the yo-yos to each other.

YouTube video

That’s it…you’re done!

Ways to Use the Fabric Yo-Yo Coasters

You can put many things on top of your festive circle coasters. This fast and easy project means you can add a pop of color to your own home decor or make one as part of a gift for a friend or family member.

Add to holiday decor with themed fabric or choose fabrics to complement home decor.

Fabric coaster with a candy dish full of candy corns. A plant and photo in a frame are sitting next to it.
A festive yo-yo coaster with a blue mason jar and kitchen scrub brushes on it. Dish soap is sitting next to it.
plant on fabric yo-yo coaster
Table top is decorated with 2 fabric circle yo-yo coasters. A plant sits on top of each one. A photo and a candle are behind the plants.

Fabric Yo-Yo Projects

There are a lot of creative things you can do with yo-yos either in single or multiple layers.

Layered fabric yo-yos
Layered yo-yos

They can be embellishments on pillows, picture frames, tea towels, or headbands.

Use fabric yo-yos to create small projects such as wreaths, a wristlet purse, garland, key chains, ornaments, or a bouquet of flowers.

You can even sew them together and create large projects such as bed coverings, table runners, or clothing.

There are a few yo-yo project tutorials (each with FREE templates) on The Ruffled Purse:

Three projects using yo-yos. Christmas tree ornaments, garland, and a circle coaster with a plan on it.

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