Sewing Tutorial-Triangle Fold Coaster

Coaster With Folded Triangle Blocks

Coaster With Folded Triangle Blocks

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Thanks for the great response on the Granny’s Style Rag Rug I posted few days ago. Due to your many request to come up with a tutorial, I woke up at 4am this morning for you, my dear readers, took step-by-step photos to show you how to fold and sew those tiny triangles :mrgreen: Since I have limited fabric scraps to make a big piece of rag rug, I made a small one instead – a coaster. It’s a rushed job and not like my previous tutorials which would take up a few days to complete. I hope you will think that the quality is good….. It is now late in the afternoon while I write this post, and I need some super-duper-booster-coffee to keep my eyes 8-O . Though I am tired and left my craft room in a mess because I need to rush out to work this morning, but, I am happy and contented with what I have done as long as it is related to creative handicraft and handmade, and most importantly I have you to read my creations :) So, throw some requests if you need one, I will put them in the “Things-To-Do List” and will plan for it :)

Materials and Tools

Back to the tutorial. You will need the following materials and tools to make the coaster:

1. Plenty of fabrics, it can be new fabric or fabric scraps you have collected

2. A pair of scissors

3. Iron

4. Some pins

5. Matching threads

6. Sewing machine

Folding Triangle 1Cut the fabric to 2″ x 2.5″ size. If you want a bigger triangle, you can enlarge the dimension. Just like many creative handmades, there is no fixed dimension for the pattern, it all depends on you creation and how you want your design to be.

Folding Triangle 2Fold it diagonally and iron it. In order to set the fabric into its triangle shape, I adjusted the heat of the iron to “High”. I ended up having some burn marks on the ironing board after I finished ironing all the triangles… need to get a new iron-board cover LOL…

Folding Triangle 3Fold this way, iron again.

Folding Triangle 4Lastly, fold again, and iron a little longer to set the shape.

Folding Triangle 5This is another side of the triangle. Continue doing it until you finish a substantial amount of triangles enough to complete your entire project.

TrianglesThere you are, a pile of triangles ready for the coaster after an hour of hard work :)

MaterialFor the coaster, we need to prepare a base (blue round shape) for sewing the triangles on. It can be round shape, or rectangle, or square, or just any shape you want as long you know how to arrange your triangle onto it.

Coaster1Arrange the triangle onto the base with 1/3 overlapping on the next triangle. Adjust the position until the spacing and shape look balance. Secure it with some pins.

Coaster2Machine sew it. It will be a little thick to go through the foot press. Press the paddle lightly, sew slowly following the curvature of the coaster base.

Coaster3Repeat the triangle arrangement and machine sew for each layer.

Coaster4This is the final layer of my coaster. After sewing it, I added a center piece to cover up all the messy frays of the triangles. Zig-zag sew the center piece and it is done ;-)


Hope you enjoy iron and sewing it!

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  1. That coaster is “pretty”!!!!! :D

  2. Thank you for this! Might try it out in the future.

  3. thanks for posting! will try this one too :)

  4. Wow! That looks great! It’s good that you made it coaster size, instead of a rug. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. I am so impressed with your will power to wake up so early to fullfil your reader’s request. I salute you!! It is definitely a great tutorial for a beginning like me!

  6. What’s the experience level, beginner or advanced?

  7. will have a look have always wanted to try one of these rugs.

  8. Those are really pretty.

  9. absolutely adorable! In seasonal colors wold be great!

  10. These would make some adorable placemats or hot pads! I have sooooo many ideas running thru my head! : )
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  11. Love it ♥ !!!!!

  12. I want to make the rug, but in sections so I can use magnets to hook them together; creating a larger area of a kitchen rug that can be easily pulled apart for washing. :)

  13. I just love this tutorial. You could do so many things with this.
    Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Just a all around awesome idea. Hugs~ Dana

  14. I’m going to make many of them.

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  16. This is gorgeous!! And a great use for all of my fabric scraps!

    I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  17. wah!you are my superhero

  18. Awesome….I can’t wait to try this. I love it! I have vowed to make all of my Christmas gifts this year. This gives me one more idea! Thank you!

  19. I love this. I’ve had 2 small boxes of hand-dyed quilting fabric squares that have been waiting for a project for more than 5 years. They’ve found it!

    Thank you so much for writing this & sharing it!

  20. This is what I am waiting for! Just too lovely and neat! Can I place an order?

  21. Hey

    Great idea to recycle old bits of fabric. and lovely design too!


  22. How beautyful, i like this flower so much, thanks for this tutorial.

    Greets from Germany


  23. Really great! You are so clever!

  24. I was running through the net last night/early this morning which ever 2am sits at trying to find this pattern: when I came across yours. I had to save it to my favorites so I can make these for next Christmas I give away coasters to friends doesn’t cost much and they seem to enjoy it. My friend at work loved the ones this year she wanted the pattern (which sent me on the voyage into the net to find the other pattern. So I ended up sending her this one also. It’s great having another quilting buddy even if you end up giving the same thing to each other they are gonna be different! Thanks for your pattern. I’m sure we both will enjoy making them as gifts to our friends and family’s.

  25. Going to make these and attach them to pillows!

  26. I love it! it´s beutiful to do a rug too

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  28. i just stumbled upon your site. love love love the tutorial. cant wait to make one for myself. sending your website to all my crafting friends. great tutorial. rag rug granny style.

  29. How about using a hair straightener for these tiny pieces? You could probably save your ironing board from a few burns using this method!

  30. the triangles are called prairie points when quilting!

  31. To be exact: prairie points are not folded like that – but a lovely, interesting pattern anyhow!

  32. I’m so glad that you made this tutorial. I really liked the round version. I hope to make a rug someday.
    Thank you.

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