Have you ever completed a sewing project and had leftover fabric that you were not sure what to do with? Do you really enjoy coffee or tea in the morning while reading your newspaper but really wished that you had a colorful mat to match your mug? Well, look no further, Mug Rug to the rescue!
Last week when I made the oversized receiving blanket, Pat had mentioned that the mug rugs she makes are made in a similar way. After seeing how easy the blanket was to make, I wanted to learn more about how she made her mug rugs.
She started making mug rugs when she worked for a local hospital as a fundraiser. Using her substantial knowledge of quilting and getting tips from www.scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com and https://craftweekly.com she has made about 30 in her lifetime.
The two mug rugs featured this week were made in slightly different ways. Piecing together fabric scraps made the blue rug and the green rug was made using fabric that looks like a quilt.
Pat had made a table runner out of the green quilt-like fabric and had some leftover. She decided to make a mug rug to match. She cut her top and bottom fabric and quilting batting to 9” x 6.25”. The good sides were placed together facing in and the batting was placed on top. She then used the presser foot as a guide, sewed three sides and enough of the fourth side to be able to turn it inside out. The corners were then trimmed. After turning the rug inside out, poking out the corners, and pressing it with an iron, a top stitch was done around the whole piece. To make it more quilt-like, Pat did a second stitch around the border and then stitched along where the squares meet. To accompany the rug, she found a mug with “TOUCHDOWN” written in green and a football on the handle. Together the pair will get any football fan in the mood to cheer their team.
For the blue mug rug, strips of scrap fabric were sewn together to create a square with 1.5”-2” bands. Pat trimmed the square to 7.25” across and also cut her batting the same size. She then cut the fabric she wanted to use for the back into an 8” square. This time when she sewed the fabric and batting together, the good sides were facing out. Using straight pins, Pat secured the layers and sewed down the layers around the edge of the square made of strips. She then did her quilting by sewing along the seams of the strips - called “Stitchin’ the ditch” which the stitching is not seen on top but can be seen on the backside. The extra back fabric was then folded over to create an edge around the whole rug. She then sewed along the edge to make the finished border. This process is called “Self-basting.” This mug rug was now complete after trimming all the thread. Pat found a cute owl mug to match the colors of this rug perfectly.
I’m looking forward to making my own mug rugs out of leftover fabric I have from when I tried my hand at making headbands. I hope this article has inspired your creativity and…
As always, happy crafting!
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