DIY Halloween R.I.P Coasters

DIY RIP Coasters

Get a lit­tle sin­is­ter this Hal­loween with these easy to embroi­der, glow-in-the-dark Hal­loween coasters!

DIY RIP Coasters

Black is my favorite color for this time of the year, always ele­gant and full of sym­bol­ism. Make a sim­ple and chic embroi­dered dec­o­ra­tion for absolute begin­ners with these unique and very easy to make coasters—just three let­ters stitched in white on black fab­ric; use glow-in-the-dark embroi­dery thread to make it bright.

Let’s get started!

DIY RIP Coasters

What You Need

  • Print­able cross-stitch tem­plate (down­load here)
  • Black fab­ric (14-count black Aida or any even­wave fabric)
  • White embroi­dery thread (I used glow-in-the-dark )
  • Sewing thread
  • Nee­dles
  • Scis­sors
DIY RIP Coasters

Step 1
Down­load and print the cross-stitch chart. Cut fab­ric in 4.9 inch x 4.5 inch pieces. You need just one piece of fab­ric for each coaster. Fold each piece in half twice and press. Mark the cen­ter using chalk or long run­ning stitches with sewing thread. (I think this method is faster and avoids hav­ing to wash the fabric.)

DIY RIP Coasters

Step 2
Cut a-27 inch long strand of your glow-in-the-dark embroi­dery floss. Fold the floss in half so the cut ends are together and there’s loop at the other end of the tail. Thread the two cut ends through the eye of the nee­dle. Sew your first back stitch in the cen­ter of the fab­ric. As you pull your thread through the back side, care­fully loop your nee­dle through the thread loop to secure.

DIY RIP Coasters

Step 3
Use upright cross stitches for embroi­der­ing the let­ters. These com­prise two stitches of equal height and width. Always make the ver­ti­cal stitch first to ensure the hor­i­zon­tal stitch always ends up on top. You have two easy options for mak­ing this stitch: (a)  back stitch all the stitches first then straight stitch in the mid­dle of each one or (b) make each cross stitch individually.

Pull out the sewing thread to make a clean sur­face and stitch the let­ter I, stitch­ing up and then stitch­ing down.

Fol­low the images above to see the whole embroi­dery process.

DIY RIP Coasters

Step 4
Fin­ish and secure the stitch when you get to the end of the floss by pulling your nee­dle to the back of the fab­ric and weav­ing the thread through the stitches. Care­fully pull the tail to secure the stitches and snip off the extra thread.

DIY RIP Coasters

Step 5
Make a self-fringe edge along all four sides by pulling out 3 to 7 groups of hor­i­zon­tal threads from the edge of the fab­ric to get the desired fringe width.

I didn’t secure the fringe because this fab­ric doesn’t fray, and I loved that tat­tered fin­ish, but you could hem stitch along the edge to fix it.

DIY RIP Coasters

Now that you’ve fin­ished it, enjoy it! Dress your table in black and add red stripes or ging­ham to get a stun­ningly creepy party.

Happy Hal­loween!

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