I wanted to make something simple and useful out of braids, so I made a braided coaster.

cup on braided coaster

I used leftover red, white and blue cotton yarn to make the braided coaster. The braids create a thick yet flat fabric that can hold a cup or glass on a table.  I love how the colors mix together to add a bold and colorful touch to the table.

You only need 1/4 a skein of yarn per color, so use your scrap yarn. It only takes a couple of hours to complete one coaster (1 hour for braiding and 1 hour for sewing, barring any interruptions).

Feel free to make the coaster any size or color you want. Make a few coasters to use when you have visitors or make several sets to give to your friends and family.

Braided Coaster


Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn in Red, White and Hot Blue (approximately 1/4 skein/color, but use any scrap or leftover cotton yarn that you have first)

tapestry needle with a sharp tip

extra white yarn (to sew the braids together)


safety pins

Dimensions (approximate): 5”w x 4” l


Make the Braids

First, cut 9 strands of yarn (3 strands/color) of approx. 15” each. Next, make a knot at one end leaving a 2” tassel before the knot. Separate the strands below the knot into 3 groups of 3 (keep like colors together). Begin braiding the strands making certain that you keep the tension even.

Continue until the braid is approximately 4” from the tassel. Make a knot leaving a tassel of approx. 2”.

one braid completed for the braided coaster

Make 12 more braids around the same length.

braids for braided coaster

Soak the braids in a solution of 1 capful of white vinegar in a bowl of water. Rinse the braids, then allow to air dry.

Pin the Braids

When the braids are completely dry, lay the braids on a table horizontally. Pin the braids together on one end of the coaster (i.e at the tassels).

pin braids together to form braided coaster

Sew the Braids

Start sewing the braids at the bottom left corner of the coaster just to the right of the tassel knot. Sew from bottom to top along the tassel knots by inserting the yarn through the side of the braid underneath the ‘v’.

When you get to the end of a row, skip a row and start sewing back in the opposite direction.

Continue sewing until you reach the opposite end. Finish by sewing the tassel knots together on both sides. Trim the excess yarn.

Trim the Tassels

Trim the tassels on each end to approximately ½” in length.

You’re done! Place your favorite drink on top of your coaster.

I would love to know if you tried making this project. Please contact me through the Comments section below.

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Until next week, keep crafting and sharing.

Thanks for visiting!

Spinster Simone 🙂


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