I always put my glass directly on the table because I don’t mind the wet circles. I think it’s a good idea to change this habit for once with my self-made coasters. It doesn’t only prevent circles but also decorates my table.
From the various coaster tutorials circulating on the web, the rope coaster is the one that really caught my attention. I changed things a bit and created my own rope coaster with Ankara African wax of course. It is really effortless to make and I’m really digging the way it came out. Let me guide you through the steps so you can make a few yourself!
- 4-inch round cork coasters (instead of cork coaster, you can also use felt as a base)
- hot glue gun/fabric glue
- 1/4-inch drawstring cord / nylon rope
- African Ankara Dutch wax print fabric (small strip 40-inch x 1.77-inch / 112 cm x 4,5 cm)
- textile scissors
- sewing machine
- safety pin / loop turner
- masking tape
- tape measure
Let’s get started:
Lay out your fabric and start to measure or mark out. The dimensions I use allows me to have a seem. There’ll be enough fabric for the tube to be wide enough to easily slide the rope through it.
Take the fabric and wrap it on the right side (the right side in) around the cord and remeasure it. Make sure the fabric isn’t too tight against the cord, because when the tube is sewed the rope has to easily slide through it. Also, when it’s sewed it has to be turned inside out, which means there is going to be extra fabric inside from the seam you are about to sew.
After you are done measuring, fold the fabric double and secure it with pins so that it won’t fold open. Now you can sew the seam, take the pins off one at a time.
The seam is on the outside of the tube.
The cord has to be shorter than the tube, so it won’t stick out at the ends. Wrap each end of the cord with masking tape to keep the cord from fraying. Attach the safety pin to the top of the tube. The top of the safety pin has to go all the way inside the tube. Slide trough the tube and pull frequently. When the safety pin is at the other end, pull the rest of the fabric until the tube is turned inside out (mind you: a little patience is required to get this one done). Now the seam is on the inside.
Now you are ready to slide the rope into the tube. Attach a safety pin at the end of the masking tape for some extra grip. Insert the safety pin all the way in the tube. Slide the back of the tube all over it. Fit it on by using your fingers to hold it in place while pulling the other end of the loop turner with your other hand. Once it is fitted on, pull the fabric over the cord.
Secure the end of the rope in the center of the cork making a circular pattern by pressing it down in a generous amount of hot glue. Make sure it is dried completely before you continue coiling the rope. Put hot glue on the cork per 2-inch and press down the rope into the glue, wait for 10 seconds and then continue with the next few inches until the outside of the cork coaster is reached. Squeeze a generous amount of hot glue and press the end into the coaster. Take note: the glue is hot!
Instead of the cork coaster, you can also use felt as a base.
And there you go!
I really enjoyed making these coasters. They are so easy to make, and they give my table that extra fun look. You can also make place mats using the same method. Then, of course, you will have to use more fabric and a longer and thicker cord. If you can’t find a cork coaster that big, you can always use felt as a base. Make matching sets, but if you’d like you can also use different fabric prints for an even more colorful look on your table.