Tonight i've had a go at knocking myself up a few coasters in a bid to keep my white desk clean and well, white! I used this blogpost from www.prettyhandygirl.com as a pattern and got sewing. This is a really easy project for beginners like me and very inexpensive, you can generally find some leftover scraps of material to use. I used the same material we (my Mom and I) made my sewing room curtains out of. I'll include some basic instructions here but head over to Pretty Handy Girl's post for the full in-depth tutorial. First of all you will need to gather some materials together; you need enough fabric to make two 5.5" squares for each coaster you want to make, a 5" square of wadding (used for quilting - this is optional but will make a thicker, more substantial coaster. I got mine off Ebay for a couple of pounds a metre), a few pins and thread. Once you've got all your notions handy, it's time to get cutting. For each coaster you need to cut a top and a bottom square of fabric measuring 5.5" x 5.5" and a square of wadding measuring 5" x 5".
Next, you will need to sandwich your top and bottom squares with the right sides of the fabric together, and the wadding on top. This is now ready for sewing, you need to sew up 3 sides and then halfway along the 4th side, leaving a small gap. You can the trim away the excess fabric to neaten up you sides, as i've done below.
me pictures if you do!