Quick Cinnamon Scented Coasters for Fabri-Quilt & Giveaway of a Quilter’s Planner

December 17, 2015

Cinnamon Scented Quilted CoastersWhen I received an email from Fabri-Quilt last month asking me to participate in their holiday blog hop, I knew  that December would be a busy month with the release of my project, The Quilter’s Planner. But who can resist a little holiday sewing????

To celebrate this Fabri-Quilt holiday blog hop today, I am giving away A Quilter’s Planner to one lucky reader! Maybe you’ve had your eye on it but haven’t had a chance to buy one yet… or maybe you have a friend who you know would like one for the holidays….If you’d like to enter to win a planner, please join my mailing list over on the sidebar (and get a free PDF gift!), and leave a quick comment below.  This giveaway will close on Sunday evening, December, 20th 2016.

Scented Cinnamon Coasters:

To make these cute coasters, I used prints from the Peace on Earth and the Season’s Greetings lines of Fabric-Quilts holiday fabrics. If you hop over to their blog, Inspired By Fabric, you can enter to win your own bundle from one of these lines! 

Supply List (to make 4 Coasters):

3 Fat Quarters of Coordinating Fabrics

Fusible Fleece

Cutting (for  1 basic coaster)

Two 6″ squares (choose two of your fabrics that coordinate but contrast nicely)

One 5 1/2″ square of fusible fleece

Ground Cinnamon

Instructions for Basic Coaster

fabric requirements basic

Place the 5 1/2″ square of fusible fleece, bumpy side down, on the wrong side of one of the 6 ” fabric squares (I usually fuse to the lighter square). Press with a hot iron to secure the fleece.

Fuse fleece

Then place the square with the fused fleece on top of the other square, right sides together.

Right Sides Together

Sew around the perimeter with 1/4″ seam allowance.  I like to sew all the way off the fabric, cut threads, turn the square, and start at the very top of the next side.  This trick leads to more square corners after turning the coaster inside out.  Leave 2 inches open to turn (I placed the yellow pin at the top to remind myself).

Sew Seam

Turn the square inside out and gently poke out the corners with a chopstick. Press flat with a hot iron.

Turn and Poke Out Corners

Pour a little cinnamon inside the coaster.  This is my favorite part!

Pour in Cinnamon

Press the edges of the opening under 1/4″.

Turn edge under

Sew around the entire coaster with an 1/8″ seam allowance for a finished look.For a more interesting look, you can quilt as desired (although since we used fusible fleece, it’s not necessary). I love the smell of cinnamon that fills my sewing room while I’m quilting these.  

Here are a few that I finished in deep red and gold — traditional holiday fabrics.

Quilted Scented Coasters Low Res Pic

Checkerboard Coaster

To make a checkerboard coaster that looks like it has little 1″ squares of contrasting fabric sewn together, you’re gong to use a quick weaving trick to save a lot of time!

Cutting (for 1 woven checkboard coaster)

One 6″ square of fabric (for backing of coaster)

Two strips of 2 1/2″ x WoF of contrasting fabrics

One 5 1/2″ square of fusible fleece


Fold each strip in half, lengthwise, with wrong sides together and sew the long edge with 1/4″ seam.  (This is the same way you would sew a strip to make a hanging rod pocket for the back of a quilt.) I used one blue strip and one white strip.  This coaster looks best when you use two highly contrasting fabrics, perhaps with one print and one solid.

Sew strips

Take your strips to the pressing table and roll the seam to the center of the strip, and press the seam open. Do this for each of the two strips.

Roll Seam and Press Open

Subcut the long strips into four 6″ segments, for each color strip.

Lay out 4 strips of the same color next to each other.  Then take a contrasting strip, and begin to weave it over and under each of the strips you laid out on the table.

Lay out the Strips and Begin Weaving

Weave in the white strips, like you would when making a lattice crust for a cherry pie.

  • To add the first strip, lift the first and the third blue strips, place the white strip on top, and lay the blue strips back down.
  • To add the second white strip, lift the second and fourth blue strips, then place the white strip on top and lay the blue strips back down.
  • For the third white strip, lift the first and third blue strips, then place the white strip on top and lay the blue strips back down.
  • Repeat one last time, lifting the second and fourth blue strips to add the last white strip.

Weave in White Strips

After you finish weaving the strips, gently shift them closer together to fill gaps.  Center the woven design.

Finish Weaving

Flip your new woven block over and  lay a 5 1/2″” square of fusible web, bumpy side down, on the wrong side of the woven block. Take a peek at the front and make sure the strips haven’t shifted too much.  Then press the fusible to the block with a hot iron.

Place the woven block with the fused fleece right sides together with the square of backing fabric.  Follow the instructions above for the basic coaster to join the two together, flip, clip corners,  and close.  Quilting is unnecessary.

 Thanks for reading and entering!


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  • Reply jrp53 December 17, 2015 at 9:20 am

    What a great idea to put cinnamon in the coaster! Thanks for the great tutorial and the offer of the giveaway.

    • Reply jrp53 December 17, 2015 at 9:30 am

      p s i already subscribe

  • Reply Patricia Cash December 17, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. I remember years ago, people where making these for coasters and hot pads. Have to go get some made. Merry Christmas

  • Reply hatlevig@integra.net December 17, 2015 at 9:43 am

    This planner looks awesome! Thanks for this chance and Merry Christmas!

  • Reply cheryljbrickey December 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Cute coasters, I like the addition of the cinnamon. I have no idea how you get all you do done!

  • Reply Kathy h December 17, 2015 at 10:15 am

    The planner looks like a great one. I will have to try the cinnamon coasters. Looks like a great little gift.

  • Reply Ioleen December 17, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for sharing. I would never have thought to do this.

  • Reply Donna W December 17, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Love your “cinnamon” coasters. What a fantastic idea! Would love to win a copy of “A Quilter’s Planner”. Thanks for the chance

  • Reply tac December 17, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I love the woven coasters! Never thought of just sprinkling cinnamon inside one.

  • Reply Meghann Isgan December 17, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I remember these coasters from when I was little! Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway opportunity.

  • Reply tarnia December 17, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I was thinking, “how does she get the cup to sit on the coaster with a stick of cinnamon inside it?”. I guess you can tell I don’t buy the powdered stuff too often

  • Reply Connie Cain December 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I am a loyal follower via e-mail. Love the coasters and cinnamon smells devine. 🙂

  • Reply buntyw December 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Great tutorial – I love the addition of cinnamon!

  • Reply Margaret December 17, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    i follow by email. i like the idea of a planner until April then i don’t use one and i forget to pick it back up when school starts.

  • Reply Brenda December 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I can smell those coasters already. I’ll bet that you could drop in a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil and get them scented whichever way you wish. I’d love to win a copy of your planner.

    • Reply brenda223 December 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Not sure if I’m no-reply under above post.

  • Reply karleesandell December 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Crossing my fingers I win a Quilter’s Planner!!! I really need this!!

  • Reply Helen December 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Hi Stephanie. I loved being part of the fabri hop and am a subscriber . Great opportunity to win a planner

  • Reply Cathy Winter December 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I love these cinnamon scented coasters! Plan to make some tonight — hoping I win your planner too (I am in need of organizational help!). Thanks

  • Reply Nancy N December 17, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    I really like the woven option. The addition of the cinnamon is a great touch. Ground cloves can also be used.

  • Reply Cindy December 17, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Love the cinnamon coaster.

  • Reply Peggie B December 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Merry Christmas…and thank you for the tutorial!

  • Reply Maryellen December 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    I like the woven one. Very cute. Thanks. I signed up for your blog, and follow Inspired By via email, too.

  • Reply Hayley December 17, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Cute coasters! I’d love to win a copy of your planner. Good luck with it!

  • Reply Vicki H December 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I signed up for the newsletter, and have been a happily follower with bloglovin. I want to make the woven coaster, I just love it.

  • Reply Cecilia December 17, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I love this idea! The coasters are nice, but when you add the cinnamon, it puts them over the top. Thanks for the tutorial and chance to win a copy of your planner.

  • Reply Cecilia December 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I’m a new subscriber.

  • Reply Teckla December 17, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    This is a lovely idea! My niece would love these! I like cinnamon, even more with a little clove and nutmeg added. Thank you!

  • Reply Diann Bottrell December 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I have subscribed to you for awhile! Thanks for the great giveaway! I enjoy your blog!

  • Reply Shelley Folkerts December 17, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Your cinnamon scented coasters are a neat idea. I love cinnamon. I just spent two days baking all kinds of cookies so my husband could treat the nurse’s station day and night shifts each with a platter of cookies. They took really good care of him last week. I am pretty proud of my little gingerbread men cookies this year. They turned out great. My copy of the planner should arrive tomorrow, but it would be great to win one for a quilting friend. I am all ready signed up for your newsletter.

  • Reply JoyceLM December 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I joined. I love cinnamon. Thanks for the great tutorial.

    • Reply Kaylean Ashley December 17, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      The planner looks like a must-have! I want one!!!

  • Reply Jinger December 17, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Such a great idea Stephanie, definitely going on my to-do gift list!

  • Reply Lynda Morrissette December 17, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks so much, Really liked both coasters. the planner would be great to have!

  • Reply Judy @ Sew Some Sunshine December 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I’m a subscriber, love your coasters and thanks for the opportunity to win a planner, it looks amazing.

  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts December 17, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Great ideas. Yum…cinnamon.

  • Reply duchick December 17, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Oh, the idea of cinnamon-scented coasters is such a good one! Who doesn’t love the aroma of cinnamon? I will be trying this tutorial out soon (in the new year…life is swamped right now)! Thank you!

  • Reply Little Black Cat Quilting December 17, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I never thought of putting cinnamon in a coaster before, such a cool idea. I’ve had my eye on one of your planners since you announced them! Fingers crossed I’m lucky enough to win one! 🙂

  • Reply Joyce Carter December 17, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. I love the smell of cinnamon, but I hadn’t thought to use it this way. i am a new email subscriber.

  • Reply Rochelle December 17, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Love the woven look of these coasters. One questions, what happens when you wash them?

  • Reply Chris December 17, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. I may try this one. I need a planner.

  • Reply Lynne Tilley December 18, 2015 at 12:56 am

    I signed up for your newsletter, and am awaiting the the confirmation email. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  • Reply Sheila Ivany December 18, 2015 at 1:30 am

    What a great idea to add cinnamon to the. coasters . The woven one is my favourite . Thank you for a chance to win . Merry Christmas ! I have been following your blog for a while .

  • Reply Liz Horgan December 18, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I love your coasters-especially the checkerboard ones. And the idea of putting cinnamon–or other scents in them is wonderful-especially this time of year.
    Thanks for the chance to win a planner! I follow you on Bloglovin
    Have a Merry Christmas and healthy, peaceful New Year!

  • Reply Wendy December 18, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I’ve signed up for your mailing list. I really wanted a planner but my budget doesn’t allow for spending any money on myself before christmas

  • Reply Lisa Davis December 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I would love to win a planner, it would be a birthday gift to me. My birthday is two days before Christmas and I rarely get a birthday gift

  • Reply Kathy CUMMINGS December 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Great gifts . Thank you for the chance to win .

  • Reply Leona December 18, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    So proud of you! Thanks for a chance to win

  • Reply Bernie December 18, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    My planner is on its way but I would sure love to gift one! Thanks for the opportunity. (I follow via Bloglovin.)

  • Reply sarah pitcher December 18, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    Ok seriously, how did I not have this blog marked! I do now!! Brilliant, and I am over here looking through the blog for Christmas gift ideas!!!!! Congrats again on the planner!

  • Reply Heather December 18, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    I just signed up for your newsletter. I love the idea of some cinnamon in the coasters.

  • Reply Anonymous December 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I love the idea of putting cinnamon in the coaster

  • Reply Acts of Craftiness December 18, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I have never heard of putting cinnamon in coasters before. What an interesting idea! I bet they smell amazing. Congrats on launching your planner! I would love to win one. 🙂

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