I have been teaching Little Miss how to make coasters out of coiled clothesline covered in yarn. She is using red, white, and blue yarn to make patriotic ones for July 4th.
The process is the same as if you were going to make a basket. The only difference is that you only make the flat circle from the basket bottom if you want a coaster. I gave her a wide-mouth canning lid to use as a template for the finished size. This width will make a nice sized coaster for our coffee mugs and glasses.
I found a wonderfully simply tutorial on the Craft Yarn Council’s website for their Colorful Spirits Coiled Baskets. These baskets are very easy to make. I have always loved the look of coiled baskets. I’m going to be making a few over the summer using yarn and maybe fabric strips for our home. The process for making the baskets and coasters is essentially the same whether you use yarn of fabric.
We chose to use clothesline rope in Little Miss’ project. You can also use jute, which tends to make a firmer finished project. The clothesline is a bit more pliable than jute to work with.
Either way you decide to make them, the projects are fast to complete.