Sunday, October 14, 2012

Dresden Sunflower Coaster Tutorial

So I finally got around to writing the tutorial for my 
Dresden Sunflower Coasters! 

To make the sunflower coasters, I cut strips of yellow fabric 2” wide. Using the easy dresden ruler by Darlene Zimmerman, place on strip of fabric at the 2” mark and cut. You will need 20 petals for each sunflower.

To make each petal, fold piece in half lengthwise and stitch ¼” seam across top (widest end). I like to string piece these to make them faster.

Cut them apart and turn them. I used my bamboo point turner. Once turned, press so the seam is centered. This makes your point centered.

Take 2 petals and match top edge with raw edges even and stitch ¼” seam. *It is more important that the top edge is aligned as the bottom will be covered with the center circle.

Continue adding petals until you have sewn all 20 petals. Sew the 20th petal to the 1st petal to form a ring.

Press seams all in one direction.

To Make the Center:

Cut a 4 ¼” circle from brown fabric. Baste ¼” around edge. Place a 3 ¼” cardboard circle template on top of your fabric circle and draw up the basting threads. Press, then carefully remove the template.

Pin center to sunflower.

Again, using the 3 ¼” circle template, cut a circle from batting. (I used Warm and Natural.)  Center on back of sunflower and pin (from top) in place.

Using my circle cutter, I cut a 6” circle from muslin. Applying the same technique as for the center circle and a 5” cardboard circle template, I formed a large circle and pinned it to the back of the sunflower over the batting. It should cover the raw edges of the petals. (This is where it is important that you pinned the batting circle from the top side.) I hand stitched in place.

Turn over sunflower and stitch around center circle, close to edge. Quilt as desired. I used a crosshatch to resemble the seeds.

You Are Done! Enjoy!

This tutorial is for personal use only. Please respect my design. Thank you.

If you make some coasters, please email me a picture as I would love to see your creation. If you have any questions, please email me Ü

Here is the link to Google Docs in case you want to download the tutorial.


  1. Oh my gosh, those are sooooooooooo stinking adorable!

  2. I agree, how adorable! I love yellow flowers and the sunflowers are to sweet! I am downloading your tutorial. This will be sweet for gifts! Thanks for sharing and I will send a photo. Judith, Texas

  3. Thanks so much Dawn for the tutorial...these sunflower coasters are just so cute!!

  4. Dawn, those have got to be the cutest ever coasters! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  5. Those sunflower coasters are so cute. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  6. Those are lovely. Such tiny pieces.

  7. These are very cute Dawn. Thank you. I made my very first dresden turkey ( Used Jan Patek's pattern)for a table runner. It is turning out cute. I am curious about the circle cutter. I have been thinking about buying a circle cutter. How do you like the Olfa brand. Is it easy to use? Thanks for sharing. janita

  8. I was wondering if you have tried to make this any bigger or if you tried to sew it on a quilt square. Did you leave out the batting? ANd I think I counted that it is about 6 inches across?

  9. Thank you for a great tutorial!!! What a cute fall project.


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