Fruit Slice Coasters, A Grown-up Camp Craft

Welcome to Grown-Up Camp Crafts with Therm O Web + Benzie Design! We’re sharing fabulous Summer Camp-style tutorials on both blogs all week, along with the chance to win gift cards from Therm O Web and Benzie Design. Find the giveaway details at the end of this Fruit Coaster tutorial designed by Therm O Web sewing & quilting educator, Deb Zaleski of Sprouting JubeJube. PLEASE NOTE: THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

What could be more grown-up than creating fun coasters so you don’t damage your wood dining-room table? So that’s what I did for Grown-Up Camp Craft Week! And once I was finished, we were able to have a little get together with snacks and drinks!



1. Download and print the template.  Print actual size – DO NOT “fit to page” or “shrink to fit.” You will find everything you need to create citrus fruit (lemons, limes and oranges), watermelon, kiwi fruit and dragon fruit.

2. For the citrus fruit, cut out one larger circle and 6 triangular shapes in a different color. Since these are smaller shapes I used tiny dots of Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive to keep the shapes in place on the circle. Set the citrus slice aside while the adhesive dries.

2. Set your sewing machine to a small zigzag stitch, about “1” for length (you can use a shorter stitch if desired) and about “3” for width. Stitch around the triangular shape using a slightly lighter thread to create texture and contrast to your citrus slice.

3. For the bigger pieces, I used PeelnStick Fabric Fuse. I cut one sheet down into strips and placed them on the back of the appliqué, removed the backing, and placed the red over the green of the watermelon. Using the same machine settings, I stitched all around the red appliqué of the watermelon onto the green part. Avoid placing the adhesive right up to the edges where you’ll be stitching.4. Here is where your creativity comes into play. You can cut out all those watermelon seeds out of felt and glue them on using Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive OR hand embroider them on OR use a little bit of Deco Foil and Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive. I love how the Deco Foil gives a little bit of a glitter effect! For the kiwi and dragon fruit, you can embroider using French knots or use Deco Foil.To make foiled seeds, apply small, slightly elongated dots of Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive to the fruit slices as shown below; practice the technique on a felt scrap to be sure you’re comfortable. Let the glue dry until completely clear and a bit tacky, usually 1-2 hours. Place the Deco Foil shiny side up over the dry glue and press down to finger burnish the foil onto the adhesive. Gently lift up the foil sheet to reveal the shiny seeds.

5. Finally, cut the 12″ x 12″ cork tile down to 4″ squares. The Fruit coasters should fit perfectly onto the 4″ square. Glue them into place with Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive.

It’s time to pour a glass of lemonade and enjoy!





Thanks for joining me in creating these colorful fruit coasters that I think both grown-ups and kids can enjoy making together and using at get-togethers. I hope I’ve inspired you to create something fun. If you liked this project, please let me know by posting a comment. And don’t forget to stop by my Instagram and say HI!

And a special thanks to Benzie Design for supplying the gorgeous wool felt, wool-blend felt, poms and floss for the projects being featured this week.

Be sure to follow both Therm O Web and Benzie Design on Instagram and comment on the Instagram post promoting this tutorial for a chance to win a $25 digital gift card to Watch for more chances to win and more Summer Camp-inspired projects all week on the Benzie Design and Therm O Web blogs.

Don’t wait, enter now! The giveaway comment period will end at 11:59pm PDT on Friday, May 24th. All winners will be announced on the Therm O Web Instagram page on Monday, May 27th. Good luck!

6 Comments on Fruit Slice Coasters, A Grown-up Camp Craft

  1. Meghan Kennihan
    May 24, 2024 at 5:10 pm (4 weeks ago)

    OMG! I LOVE these fruit coasters!!!

    • Deb Zaleski
      May 25, 2024 at 7:41 am (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you! They’re a lot of fun to make!

  2. Kim Abbott
    May 24, 2024 at 9:54 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I going to make these this weekend.

    • Deb Zaleski
      May 25, 2024 at 7:40 am (4 weeks ago)

      Yay! I hope you have fun making them, please tag ThermOweb so we can see how your project turned out!

  3. Denise Bryant
    May 24, 2024 at 11:50 pm (4 weeks ago)

    The coasters are so fun! Great project!

    • Deb Zaleski
      May 25, 2024 at 7:42 am (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you! They are a lot of fun to make!