Janet Troy Mar 08 3 min read

How To Make A Set Of Raffia Coasters

In this blog, you’ll learn how to create a set of DIY raffia coasters using the wrapping stitch technique. Outlining the materials and techniques for this simple first project, The Raffia Connection, together with Craft School Oz, will guide you through the process step by step:

Materials (for 4 coasters):

Project Instructions:

Firstly, choose your materials. Have an idea in mind of how you would like to use colour - use your house decor or environment for inspiration. You might choose...

How to start

Have all your materials ready and watch the YouTube video

The video covers everything you need to know except for how to maintain the core. As you continue stitching, the natural raffia core will get shorter. Replenish it by inserting 1-2 strands of natural raffia at a time. The core should always contain approx. 8 strands of raffia, depending on how thick or thin you would like your coasters.

How to maintain a circular shape – two things to know

Strand widthAs raffia is a plant, each strand is unique. To maintain a circular shape, choose strands that are similar in width. This will help make your stitches even and consistent, resulting in a more regular shape. If a raffia strand is too wide, you can split it lengthways with your fingernail or your needle.

TensionSimilar to tension in knitting and crochet, working with raffia also involves tension. Try to maintain consistent tension as you stitch. If you prefer your coaster to be tight and firm, pull the needle and sewing thread quite tightly. If you’re after more of a loose, rustic look, pull the needle and sewing thread less tightly. It’s important to be aware of your tension and maintain consistent tension throughout the project.

How to keep the coaster flat – two things you can do:

IncreaseIf the coil starts to curve upwards, you can increase the number of wraps or stitches. This means that instead of two wraps, you may decide to do three or more. By adding an extra wrap now and again, you will increase the circumference of the circle, helping to keep your coaster flat.

Use a heavy weightAs you take a break from working on your coaster, place it underneath a heavy object to help it stay flat.

How to finish

Continue wrapping stitch until the diameter of the circle measures 11cm across... the perfect size for a coaster. To finish, cut the raffia core on an angle, creating a variety of lengths. Continue wrapping stitch until the core runs out, making a neat graduated finish.

Would you like to learn more?

Try a Craft School Oz online course or one of our kits... available in a variety of colour schemes or choose your own colours!

Want to find out more about raffia?

We’re always here to help if you have any questions about the most appropriate type of raffia for your needs. Email us at info@theraffiaconnection.com.au