The Christmas Tree Mug Rug tutorial continues to be one of my most popular blog posts.
It is hard to believe that this post is from 2011! Where does the time go!
Mug rugs are one of my favorite quilt projects to make and I seem to make a lot of them!
Try out this little Christmas Tree mug rug tutorial! Make one for yourself and one for a gift.
Christmas Tree Mug Rug tutorial – a great gift for a teacher or friend
Christmas Tree Mug Rug Tutorial
Have you seen enough photos of this cute little Christmas Tree mug rug? If you have made one or many, I would love to see them!
What I like about mug rugs is that there is no “set” size.
I just make them whatever size works for the block or design I am doing.
I’ll borrow my photo from my Christmas Tree table runner tutorial to show you the half square triangles (more about that below).
Cut your squares 1½ x 1½ using the diagram below to see how many to cut
- 1 – brown 1½” x 1½” square
- 5 – dark green 1½” x 1½” squares
- 4 – light green 1½” x 1½” squares
- 5 – dark green 1½” x 1½” squares
- 10 – cream 1½” x 1½” squares
Making your half-square triangle blocks:
- Place the tree fabric right side up and the background fabric right side down on top of it
- Draw a line diagonally across, this will be your stitching line
- Stitch the seam
- Press the seam toward the tree print and trim off the 2 back pieces
- These are your HST’s – Half square triangles
- 2 cream – 1″ x 1½” squares
- 2 cream – 1½” x 2″ rectangles
- 2 cream – 1½” x 2½” rectangles
- 1 light green – 1½” x 2½” rectangle
- 1 dark green – 1½” x 3½” rectangle
I made my first one last week, then this one yesterday while blog hopping and forgot to take pictures of the steps so I made these diagrams for you. I’ll be making more and when I do I’ll update this post.
In the diagram above I should have shown the half square triangles as already sewn together, sorry. Sew each row together.
The finished block size is 5½” x 5½” square.
I added a 1½” x 5½” strip of cream to the left side of the Christmas tree block.
On the left side, I added a 4″ x 5½” cream block.
Then I added two 1½” x 10″ strips of cream.
Here is the finished Christmas tree mug rug – you could easily make it bigger or smaller depending on the size of the cream strips you add to the block.
I used Warm & Natural batting and did a swirly free motion quilting. I trimmed it to about 7 inches x 10 inches and finished the edges with a 2½ inch binding that was folded in half and stitched.
Here is another one I made using just one green print and put the tree on the right……you can make them whatever size you want. Are those stars or starfish in the background???
You can see that the Christmas tree mug rug on the left is a little bigger. Make your mug rug whatever size you like! Many times my decision is made by the scraps of quilt fabric I have on hand.
I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Tree Mug Rug Tutorial!
Don’t forget there is a Christmas Tree table runner tutorial to go with this project.
Check out these posts!
- Scrappy Christmas Mug Rug tutorial
- Christmas Tree Runner tutorial
- 15 Christmas Quilt Patterns
- Christmas Tree Tablerunner Resized
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