We drink a lot in this household. I don’t mean we are alcoholics. We are just a thirsty bunch. Tea, coffee, water, energy drinks, soda, milk, lemonade, hot chocolate, and even whiskey and wine, there is an endless parade of beverages through the house. Besides keeping us busy with cleaning mugs, cups and glasses, our constant hydration means we need lots and lots of coasters, especially since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic when we’ve been housebound.
Years ago I made a couple of coasters from linen scraps. And then I put together a couple more when I was taking pictures for Sew Witchy. With four total not being near enough to protect furniture from water circles and scorch marks, I set out to make more.
I could have just made another couple of sets of the square, scrap coasters. But there’s no fun in that. I wanted something that brings magick into my life and home. To that end, I looked to the moon and its phases. I liked the idea that I could make a set that would create a kind of “story” and that it would involve making four coasters.
This is a project well suited for scraps, as it doesn’t require much material. And, while the coasters include an interior padding, you don’t have to run out and buy some batting. I made use of a kitchen towel that had gotten threadbare. They’re easy to make. You could whip up a set for yourself and another to give as a hostess gift (whenever we can safely gather together again) or a Yule present.
Consecrate your finished coasters with a drop of rosemary essential oil on the back of each coaster to add healing magick to the drinks you place on them.
- Fabric for coaster base
- Fabric for the applique
- Thin batting
- Matching and contrasting thread
- Sewing machine and sewing machine needles (or hand sewing needles if sewing by hand)
- Chopstick or wooden skewer
Step 1: Cut out 8 5″ x 5″ squares from the fabric for coaster base. Cut out 4 5″ x 5″ squares from your batting.
Step 2: For the moon appliques, cut 3 circles measuring approximately 3 1/4″ in diameter. Cut two of the moons into crescent shapes.
Step 3: Center each applique on a coaster base. On one base trace a circle matching the full moon applique. Sew around each applique, very close to the edge using a small stitch length. You can finish the raw edge with a satin stitch, or use a decorative stitch if your machine has the option. For the new moon coaster, sew along the circle you traced.
Step 4: Place one coaster front down, face up. Place another coaster base face down on the front, so that right sides are facing. Place your batting on top of the coaster base.
Step 5: Sew 1/2″ seam around all sides of coaster, leaving a 2 1/2″ gap for turning. Trim seams and clip corners.
Step 6: Turn coaster right sides out. Use a chopstick or wooden skewer to push out the corners. Press.
Step 7: Edge stitch around the outer edge of all sides of the coaster closing the gap.
Repeat steps 4-7 for the other three coasters.
Once you’ve finished your coasters, make up some infused waters from the list below to add more magick to your hydration routine.
Herbal Infused Waters
Water infused with botanicals have a variety of advantages, from the practical to the magickal.
- They are a great way to use up little odds and ends from food prep. When I’m making a salad or chopping ingredients for dinner I can drop the last couple of slices of cucumber or the last of the mint into my glass of water.
- Flavoring your water can also make it more palatable, meaning you’re more likely to stay hydrated. I have come to rely on slices of lemon or ginger in my glass as I don’t like the taste of the water that comes from our taps.
- As with tea, infused water gives you a way to bring the magickal properties of herbs and plants into your body and spell work.
If you are using the infused water for spell work, drink it with intention. Focus on the properties of each ingredient and how that property relates to the desired magickal result. If you are working a self-love spell, for example, add a slice of lemon and a small sprig of fresh thyme to a glass of water. As you sip, see the loving properties of each herb entering your body as you drink and suffusing your every cell with love and acceptance.
When you are finished with your water, you can compost the ingredients. Below are three recipes for magickal infused waters.
Infused water recipes
Creating infused water is very easy. Just add a small amount of the herbs and plants to 16 oz. of cold water and then drink. You can make up pitchers ahead of time to keep in the refrigerator if you wish. Adjust the amounts of ingredients to suit your taste and drink away.
Orange + star anise + hibiscus = Drink when doing divination work.
Lime + ginger root + basil = Drink with a lover to increase the love between the two of you.
Cucumber + watermelon + mint = Drink when working fertility spells.