Crochet Boho Coaster with Polymer Clay Beads
2021 has seen the return of boho inspired interiors, homeware and clothing. Although evoking a more laid-back impression, this style is sophisticated in its thoughtful approach to detail. Key elements of this look and feel are layers and texture using natural elements, eclectic textiles and bold colours.
Whether you are looking for styling accents for your home or wanting to make the perfect gift for a Boho Beauty in your life, this crochet project is great for beginners and experienced “hookers” alike and adding your own unique details is a great way to personalise your finished piece.
What You Will Need
What You will Need
- Yarn or Natural cord of your choice (This project uses medium Jute Twine)
- Crochet Hook in a suitable size for yarn choice. (This project uses a 5mm/US H8 hook) It is recommended to use a metal hook, as working with thick natural fibres can become difficult. Plastic or wood hooks can break.
- Darning Needle suitable for yarn choice
- Stitch marker
Polymer Clay Bead Materials
What You Will Need
- Polymer Clay (Colour of your choice)
- Bamboo Skewer or similar tool for piercing a hole
- Corn Starch
- Baking Tray
- Aluminium Foil
- Access to an oven
Its important when starting any crochet project that you establish whether your pattern is written using UK or US terminology and if you are familiar with the stitch required. Below is a useful reference table which should help any “lost in translation” issues!
NOTE: This project will use UK terminology and you will need to know how to Treble Crochet.
Follow this tutorial by Bella Coco on how to Treble Crochet.
Chain 4. Join with a sl st to the first chain to form a ring.
Join with a Slip Stitch to Form a Ring.
1st Round: Chain 3. Tr 11 in ring. Sl st into top of chain 3 to join the circle. (You should have 12 stitches)
2nd Round: Chain 3. 2 tr in each tr st around. Sl st into top of chain 3 to Join. (24)
2nd Round with Chain 3 for 3rd Round
3rd Round: Chain 3. *2 tr in next st. 1 tr in next st. Rep from * around. Sl st into top of chain 3 to Join. (36)
At this Point Your Coaster May Feel Big Enough
At this point you may feel like the diameter of your circle is wide enough for a coaster. This will depend on the thickness of your yarn which will impact the stitch size. If your circle is complete you can follow the steps to “Finishing Your Circle”.
If you would like to crochet a bigger circle you will continue to increase to 12 stiches in every row.
4th Round: Chain 3. *2 tr in next st. 1 tr in next 2 st. Rep from * around. Sl st into top of chain 3 to Join. (48)
5th Round: Chain 3. *2 tr in next st. 1 tr in next 3 st. Rep from * around. Sl st into top of chain 3 to Join. (60)
Finishing Your Circle: Sl st to join the round. Chain 1, cut your yarn and pull the yarn through the loop. This will create a knot. You can then thread your darning needle and weave the yarn under your stitches to secure it.
Tying Off the Circle
Sewing In the Ends
This helpful video tutorial on how to crochet a flat circle by Bella Coco, is a great visual explanation on the process and principles around increasing your circle size to achieve the result you are looking for.
With this in mind, your coaster project just became placemats for your Boho inspired table setting or a trivet to protect counters and tables from warm dishes. The applications are endless!
Making Your Polymer Clay Beads
You can choose to use any beads or details to complete your piece, however doesn’t the idea of being able to create your beads to the exact colour, shape and texture you would like sound appealing? Well then…
Rolling Out Your Beads
After conditioning your clay (For a tutorial on clay conditioning visit
Fiona Abel-Smith at PolyOriginals) roll out equal sized balls of clay at your desired bead size, roughly pea sized. Be mindful not to make them too small as you will need to thread your yarn and daring needle through the hole. You will need the same amount of beads as stitches in the last row of your crochet coaster, approximately 36. Make some extra in case!
Making the Hole
Using a bamboo skewer dusted with corn starch or an equally thick and sharp tool, pierce a hole through your bead. Be mindful not to use too much pressure or hold your bead too tightly as this will distort the shape of your unbaked bead. Using a “corkscrew” action will make it easier to penetrate the clay.
Making the Hole
Baking Your Beads
Cover a baking tray with Aluminium foil. Spread a bed of corn starch roughly 5mm thick over the baking tray. This will help your beads keep their shape and prevent them from having a flat side. Corn starch also helps to maintain an even bake temperature. Cover your beads in foil. This is called “Tenting” and will help maintain an even bake and protect your pieces from burning. Bake your beads as per the brand recommendations. Each brand of clay will have different temperature and time requirements.
Baking the Beads
Tenting Your Beads
Allow your baked beads to cool down inside the oven. Your pieces do not need to be sealed however the use of Polymer Clay glazes or acrylic paint is optional at this point. The raw matt finish of the baked beads lends itself to the Boho look and feel which inspires this Tutorial.
Adding Your Beads
Cut a length of yarn roughly three times the circumference of your circle. Thread your darning needle with the yarn. You can now begin to sew your beads into the top of the last stitch around your circle. You could choose to place a bead at every stitch or skip a few. At this point allow your creativity to dictate the outcome. In keeping with the theme, the more organic your final piece, the better!