From the Chronicle Books blog, make this floral cocktail coaster, an excerpt from one of my favorite sewing books, Home Sewn by Kaari Meng who’s also the proprietor of the cool LA-based shop, French General.
From the excerpt:

Using remnants from some printed linen, cut out large flowers, back them with hemp fabric, and stitch both fabrics together using your sewing machine’s zigzag stitch. Homespun or heavier linen works well for the coasters backs, as both will absorb liquid and dry quite fast. Pair this project with a nice bottle of wine as a gift for your favorite hostess.