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How to Make Coasters from Upcycled Denim

These DIY coasters are thrifty, easy, and have fun fringed edges!

Updated April 20, 2018
How to Make Coasters from Upcycled Denim

Don't toss out your old jeans! Turn them into adorable denim coasters instead with our video tutorial on how to make How to Make Coasters from Upcycled Denim. These DIY coasters are a fun project for beginner sewists and feature a trendy fringe edge and inner cotton batting to absorb moisture.

Made using the legs of old jeans, this denim sewing project is a quick housewarming gift that you can whip up quickly and comes with a detailed video tutorial and written instructions that explain how to create your coasters. If you've been needing to clean out your closet, why not create a charming upcycled sewing project at the same time?

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byMachine


Materials List

  • Old denim (such as jeans or a jacket): 2 5" x 5" squares for each coaster
  • Cotton batting: 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square for each coaster
  • Erasable fabric marker
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching or contrasting thread (it will be visible)
  • Scissors
  • Other standard sewing notions

How to Make Coasters from Denim

This tutorial explains how to make one coaster. To make more, simply cut what is needed from the upcycled denim and cotton based on what's explained in the materials list or the instructions below.

Upcycled Denim Coaster Instructions:

  1. Cut two 5" x 5" squares from the upcycled denim. This tutorial uses a leg of jeans for the squares.

    Note: You can choose your own preferred measurement for the squares. It can be smaller or larger than 5".

  2. Cut a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square from the cotton batting.

  3. Make a "sandwich" with the two denim squares and cotton batting square. Choose which sides of the denim you want on the outside of the coaster and stack accordingly.

  4. Use your ruler and fabric marker and mark a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square centered on one of the outside jean squares.

    Note: You can do this step before sandwiching the pieces together for a more stable surface. You can also pin after marking and sandwiching to secure before sewing.

  5. With your sewing machine, stitch along the marker lines you made on the coaster square sandwich.

    Note: Remove any pins before sewing.

  6. Add topstitching (do not clip your threads before doing this). This is optional but adds a pretty decorative touch. This tutorial uses a design inspired by old jeans, which is a diagonal "X" from one stitched corner to the other.

    Topstitch one side and then clip your threads.

    Then do the other side and clip your threads.

  7. To make a fringed edge (which is optional but gives it another decorative look), pull the horizontal denim threads out so that only the fringe is left. This does take time and can be messy but it's easy to do.

  8. Repeat the process for multiple coasters. Pour yourself a drink and enjoy!

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