I’m continuing to make coasters for the table, but I did not want to make square coasters. I was curious how a braided circular coaster would look, so I decided to make the swirl coaster.

swirl coaster

I love how the colors mix together to add a bold and colorful touch to the table. They add a colorful, quirky touch to the table. They remind me of the boho decor popular in the late 1960s-early 1970s.

I used leftover red, white and blue cotton yarn to make the coaster. I made 3 6-strand braids, removed the fringes, then glued them together in a ‘swirl’ pattern. It only takes 45 minutes to complete one coaster (excluding drying time).

I suggest making all the braids that you need first before making the coasters. Also, you should allow the glue to dry for at least a few minutes before continuing to the next section. Once a coaster is complete, allow the glue to dry thoroughly before using.

Feel free to make the coaster any size or color you want. Make a few coasters to use when visitors come by, or make several coasters, tie them with ribbon, and give them as a bold and funky housewarming gift.

Here are the instructions:

Swirl Coaster

Materials

materials for swirl coaster

Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn in Red, White and Hot Blue

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion

scissors

masking tape (optional)

 

Dimensions (approximate): 3” diameter

 

Instructions

Make the braids

Cut 18 strands of yarn (6 strands/color) of approximately 28” each. Group the strands by color.

Take the first group of strands and knot one end. Separate the strands below the knot into 3 groups of 2.

red strands of yarn knotted together for the braid to be used in the swirl coaster

Tape the knotted end onto a flat, stable surface. Braid the strands making certain that the tension is even. Continue until the braid is approximately 17” from the knot. Make another knot. Put the braid aside.

one red braid for the swirl coaster

Braid the other 2 colors following the instructions above. You should now have 3 braids.

three braids for the swirl coaster

Trim the excess yarn from each end of each braid. You should now have three braided cords.

trimmed braids for the swirl coaster

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

When the braided cords are completely dry, lay them on a table horizontally.

 

Make the center section

Make the coaster by starting at the center. Take one of the braided cords (color doesn’t matter) and glue the side and tip of one of the knots. Wrap the cord around the knot. Apply more glue along the side of the cord facing you. Wrap the cord around the circle. Continue in this pattern until the entire cord has been wrapped around itself.

make blue center section of the swirl coaster

 

Make the outer sections

Next, take another braided cord and apply glue to the tip and side of one of the knots. Press the knot of this braided cord against the knot on the outside of the circle. Apply more glue to the side of this cord and wrap the cord around the circle. Continue until the entire cord is around the circle.

Next, take the remaining braided cord and apply glue to the tip and side of one of the knots. Press the knot of this braided cord against the knot at the outside of the circle. Apply glue and wrap the cord around the circle in the manner described above.

wrap white then red braided cords around swirl coaster

When the entire cord is around the circle, apply glue to the side of the knot and press it firmly onto the edge of the circle. Continue to press the cords together to set the glue.

Allow the coaster to dry according to the instructions on the package. When the glue has completely dried, wipe off any excess glue.

Your coaster is ready to use. Place your favorite drink on top of it or use it to decorate your table.

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

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