DIY: Moroccan-Inspired Fabric Coasters

February 16, 2016

Hello! It’s Agata here with a design and travel inspired DIY story. But first, I am extremely excited to be a part of the all new decor8 team and to share my ideas with you guys in a monthly home-related column. In my projects, I’ll aim to create pretty details for your spaces following recent trends and styles, but no rocket science, I promise! All of my tutorials are very easy to follow, so you can try them at home with no stress. Having said that, it’s time to get creative and design some Moroccan coasters. Are you ready?

DIY: Moroccan-Inspired Fabric Coasters

Undeniably, there has been a lot of excitement surrounding Arabic fabrics in the last couple of years. And, when I say a lot, I really mean a lot. It seems like we are slightly obsessed draping every surface around our homes with the Beni Ouarain rugs, cushions, blankets, table runners, and everything else we can find with fluffy ends and zig zag lines. In fact, it appears the trend is still very hot as I saw Moroccan curtains the other day.

DIY: Moroccan-Inspired Fabric Coasters

In keeping with this Moroccan trend, I came up with a new accessory. It’s something I haven’t seen yet, a mini version of the rugs for our hot drinks or our plants. Before we get into the details I have a confession to make, I love pretty fabrics and all sorts of textiles. My cupboards are filled with many materials I bring back from my travels or find digging in the street market baskets, but when it comes to sewing, I’m not the girl for the job. Seriously. My skills allow me to sew a button to a jacket, but that’s about it. Any sewing jobs involving a sewing machine scares me, so I always look for alternative ways to bring my ideas to life. And, here it is, a very simple way to make no-sew fabric Moroccan coasters. Your drink will be dying to rest on these!

DIY: Moroccan-Inspired Fabric Coasters

You will need:
– Thin layer of cork
– Arabic style fabric in beige color
– Craft knife
– Scissors
– Fabric pens – black and blue
– Strong hardware double-sided tape

DIY: Moroccan-Inspired Fabric Coasters

1. First, you will need to decide how big you want your coasters to be – the standard size is 4 in x 4 in but since we are going for the look of the rug I thought 4 in (+1 in of fluff, 1/2 in on each side) x 3.5 in was perfect.
2. Draw the desired shape on thin layer of cork and cut it out, using a craft knife.

DIY: Moroccan-Inspired Fabric Coasters
3. Cut the right size fabric for each coaster, adding 1 in to the long side for the rug edge fluff and be sure to leave enough fabric to wrap it around the cork.
4. Cover both sides of the cork with the double-sided tape making sure to cover the entire surface.
NOTE: The hardware double tape is so strong that if you want to readjust the fabric at the later stage you might not be able to, so make sure to be as precise as you can from the beginning.

DIY: Moroccan-Inspired Fabric Coasters

5. Remove the protective layer from the tape and place the cork right in the middle of the fabric. Then wrap the fabric around it and press to the cork to the other side. At the end you should have cork tightly secured to the fabric.
6. Unravel a thread at the edges of your coaster, until you reach cork and tape. Then repeat it on the other side of the coaster.
7. Once you finish unraveling the edges of your mini rug coaster, stick double sided on top of the fabric ends to prevent from unraveling and give the bottom of the coaster a nice finish.

DIY: Moroccan-Inspired Fabric Coasters

8. Now comes the fun part! It’s time to make your own your pattern! Get the fabric pens and get creative. The good thing is, the lines on the original rugs are never perfectly straight so it can’t go wrong.

The best thing about this DIY is how easy they are to make. I do have an insane amount of coasters at home, suitable for different occasions, but I have to say, these are particularly eye catching.

What do you think of them? Are you also into the Moroccan trend? Have a great day and I’ll see you back here with another DIY story in March! – Agata.

(Photography, Styling and Text: Agata Dimmich. Editor: Jessy Senti)


  • Reply Taste of France February 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    I have seen some rug coasters, but in Morocco. I even have a little Moroccan rug-style mousepad!
    Kudos for your DIY!!!!

  • Reply Laura | LUALUNERA February 16, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I love it ALL. This mix of textures and colors and the peace and fun it gives <3

  • Reply Catherine Blubaugh February 16, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Such a unique idea! Can’t wait to make these!

  • Reply Trina February 16, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Just what I’ve been looking for! So making these! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Whitney Shortt February 16, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    These are so pretty! Love the Moroccan trend

  • Reply Harriet - & Projects February 16, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    These are so fantastic, like mini Kilim rugs for your coffee cup. Can’t wait to try this DIY…

  • Reply Agata February 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Thanks guys! Really happy to hear you like the idea! :))

  • Reply Anastasia February 18, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Love those, Aga <3

  • Reply Dania Joe February 19, 2016 at 8:47 am

    That mini rug is just Awesome…..loved the Texture…

  • Reply emily February 20, 2016 at 3:10 am

    I am totally loving these!! I’ve made some similar looking coasters, but weaved them with yarn. Will definitely try this one!

  • Reply Charlotte warner February 21, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Love these! So different but easy! Definetely adding to my craft to do list!

  • Reply Stephanie February 23, 2016 at 1:57 am

    To be honest, at first glance I thought this was a knitting pattern, or a sewing project that required a fringed string, but to find out that it’s as easy as snipping some cork and fabric, and some tape, it just blows my mind. This is definitely something I will have to attempt! I love patterns, especially ethnic ones, and lately I’ve been so obsessed with Aztec prints.


  • Reply Fatima gomes February 24, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Conteúdo muito interessante desse blog, eu adorei as materias.

  • Reply Cheyanne Fulton February 27, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I actually love these!

  • Reply Barbara March 2, 2016 at 3:00 am

    OMG Im soooo gonna try this! It looks so simple and amazing!!

  • Reply Martha March 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Super cute and stylish! Soo trying it as soon as I find the right fabric!

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