Simple Steps for Making a Mug Rug

There are many ways to make a mug rug – here is one way.

DSC08319

Cut two 9″ x 7″ pieces of batting.  I use one layer of Insul-Bright and one layer of regular cotton batting.  However, two layers of cotton batting would work too.

DSC08320

Take your center piece of fabric and place it in the middle of your rectangle.  No need to pin anything because the fabric kind of sticks to the cotton batting.

DSC08321

Sew a line across the top and the bottom.

DSC08322

Then take your first scrap and sew it across the right side of your center piece.

DSC08426

Finger press the piece open.  Sew vertical lines across this piece.  This is the quilt-as-you-go method.

DSC08428

You will build your scraps clockwise around the center piece, also known as a log cabin pattern.  After each piece is sewn on, finger press it open and sew lines back and forth across that scrap.

DSC08323

Add more scraps – going clockwise.  So basically you will sew a scrap down, finger press it open, sew a few lines across it, then rotate your piece and add another scrap.  You’ll notice that you will have both horizontal lines and vertical lines as you go.

DSC08324

Don’t worry if the outside pieces hang over the edge.  They get trimmed off later.

DSC08325

The entire rectangle is all covered in fabric.

DSC08326

Once your cotton batting 9″ x 7″ piece is completely covered in fabric, you’ll see all that extra fabric.  All you have to do is trim away the extra fabric so that your piece measures 9″ x 7″ again.

DSC08434

Next cut a 9″ x 7″ piece of fabric you want to use as your back.  Pin it to your front piece around the edges and then sew it together by choosing a few places to stitch-in-the-ditch (sewing in an existing seam).

DSC08328

Next you’ll round off the corners.  I used a 4″ circle template, but a small bowl or mug will also work.

DSC08330

Then it is time for the binding.  Binding is not my strong suit!  🙂

Cut a 2 1/2″ piece of fabric – approximately 36″ long.  Fold it in half and then start sewing it around the edge of your piece.  The curves are a little tricky, but just keep your edges matched up.  Also, I like to start the binding on the back of the piece first.

DSC08333

Once your binding is finished on the back, flip it over and sew down the binding on the front.  Since I am not the best binding person, I try to use a thread that blends in with the binding fabric so that you are less likely to see it 🙂

DSC08334

And then TA-DAH…. you have your mug rug!!

Advertisements

Posted on November 2, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. You have put together a great tutorial and the mug rugs look great.

  2. Your mug rugs are so darn cute. I love them and want to give your method a try. Great tute!

  3. Fun and fantastic tutorial! That little alligator is cute! Great job, Linda!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen

Quilting Jetgirl

Sewing at the Speed of Sound

Diary of a Madfabriholic

Quilting, knitting, and a bit of crochet for good measure

WOMBAT QUILTS

An Aussie's adventures in quilting

Plum and June

A Little Snack of Silliness

Stitched in Color

A Little Snack of Silliness

Material Obsession

A Little Snack of Silliness

Monkey Needle

A family stitched together with love, seldom unravels.

grey dogwood studio

A Little Snack of Silliness

Mama Love Quilts

A Little Snack of Silliness

Quilts of a Feather

A Little Snack of Silliness

My Quilt Infatuation

A Little Snack of Silliness

Quilt Matters

A Little Snack of Silliness

Kitchen Table Quilting

A Little Snack of Silliness

my fabric relish

A Little Snack of Silliness

Quokka Quilts

a little quilting blog on the western edge of Australia

Diary of a Quilter – a quilt blog

A Little Snack of Silliness

Quilts with Personality

For the love of quilting

Confessions of a Fabric Addict

A Little Snack of Silliness

Amy's Creative Side

Offering you the tools to explore your creativity

olive and ollie

A Little Snack of Silliness

Lily's Quilts

A Little Snack of Silliness

Sunburnt Quilts

Quilts, Patchwork & Embroidery

SEW KATIE DID

because thread is the best glue.

Jaybird Quilts

A Little Snack of Silliness

Freshly Pieced

Modern Quilts by Lee Heinrich

My Imperfect Life

Wife, mother, quilter. Not necessarily in that order

i'm a ginger monkey

A Little Snack of Silliness

In Color Order

A Little Snack of Silliness

Quilt Story

A Little Snack of Silliness

Sew Fresh Quilts

A Little Snack of Silliness

Red Pepper Quilts

A Little Snack of Silliness

%d bloggers like this: