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Quick ‘n Easy Irish Coffee Coasters

What you’ll need

In addition:

  • Old scissors for cutting adhesive backed cork
  • Applique scissors
  • Brayer
  • Green wire-edged ribbon and a piece of green organza ribbon to tie stack of coasters together
  • ecipe for Irish Coffee

Featured Design


  • Look on the Internet for a free printable recipe for Irish coffee if you don’t already have one.
  • The pack of designs stitches fast and beautifully!


  • Use a green thread that will show up well on the cork.
  • For the project, the bright Kelly green was used for stitching.

Machine prep and hooping

  • Make note of the design measurement
  • At the machine, import a circle that is about 3.85”—it must fit within the hoop and be slightly larger than the stitched design.
  • Next import the coaster design to be stitched.
  • If using a multi-needle machine, program a color stop between the circle and the design.

  • On the back side of the cork to be stitched, place the inner hoop down and trace around the hoop.
  • Cut out the cork using the old scissors.
  • Hoop a layer of poly mesh stabilizer.


  • Place the hoop on the machine and stitch color 1, the circle.
  • Remove the hoop from the machine, but do not unhoop the stabilizer.
  • Spray the back of the cut out piece of cork with temporary spray adhesive.
  • Place the cork, right side up, inside the hoop and press into place.

  • Place the hoop on the machine and stitch the design.
  • When the stitching is finished, remove the piece from the hoop.
  • Using the circle outline as a guide, trim the stabilizer and cork cutting along the circle.

Final Steps

  • Using the cork design as a guide, on the paper side of the adhesive backed cork, grace the circle.
  • Cut out the circle from the adhesive cork using old scissors.
  • Using the applique scissors, trim away the extra stabilizer from around the design. This will give more surface area for the adhesive cork to stick to the stitched cork.
  • Remove the paper backing from the adhesive cork circle.

  • Carefully center the stitched cork over the adhesive side of the back cork piece.
  • Use the brayer on both the front and back of the coaster to adhere the cork pieces together.


  • Stitch the remaining cork coaster and back them following all the steps.
  • Stack the cork coasters and tie them with the green wire edged ribbon.
  • Stitch the FSL shamrock, using two layers of the fibrous water-soluble stabilizer.
  • Rinse out the excess stabilizer and let the shamrock dry.
  • Print out the Irish Coffee recipe and slip it under the ribbons on top of the stack.
  • Slip the green organza ribbon through the top loop of the and fasten it to the green wire edged ribbon.
  • Trim the tails of the ribbons.


Congratulations! Whether for yourself or a gift, learning new ways to use embroidery designs increases your enjoyment of stitching. There is no doubt your project will be a “Grand Slam!”

By the "Grand Slam Designs" Team

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