Harvest Pumpkin Mug Rugs

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Soon the leaves will change colors here and pumpkins will be everywhere. I have two different Harvest Pumpkin mug rugs to share with you and a tutorial that is fast and easy to make.

Harvest Pumpkin Mugs Rugs in two sizes

I pulled out my orange batik scraps and first made this larger mug rug that I thought was a little too big. My daughter actually likes this size the best.

Large size Harvest Pumpkin mug rug

I prefer smaller mug rugs like this one.

Small Harvest Pumpkin mug rug with cup and coffee

Harvest Pumpkin Mug Rugs Tutorial

Scraps are Perfect for this

Choose 4 different orange fabrics starting with a light color for the center and ending up with a darker orange for the last color. I used batik fabrics that I had in my stash.

Pick four orange fabrics
  • Orange fabrics 4 different ones – scraps
  • Brown – scrap
  • Green – scrap
  • Cream – ¼ yard
  • Binding – (2) – 2¼-inch x width of fabric strips (1 for each mug rug)
  • batting and backing

Both mug rugs are made the same but the sizes of the pieces are different.

Use a ¼-inch seam allowance.

Different sizes of the Harvest Pumpkin mug rugs

Large Mug Rug 8¼ x 9¼

Cut the following pieces of fabric for the pumpkin and sew them together as shown.

  • Lightest Orange – cut (1) 2″ x 5½” piece
  • Orange – cut (2) 1½” x 5½” pieces
  • Medium Dark Orange – cut (2) 1½” x 5½” pieces
  • Darkest Orange – cut (2) 1½” x 5½” pieces
Large mug rug strips

Cut squares of the cream fabric for the corners on the pumpkin.

  • Cut (2) 2″ squares for the bottom corners
  • Cut (2) 1½” squares for the top corners
  • Draw a diagonal line down the center of each block using a Frixon pen or fold in half and iron to get a line
  • Place the squares in the corners of the pumpkin block
  • Stitch 1 thread width away from the line toward the corner
  • Fold over and then trim off the bottom cream and orange piece – if you need a better explanation of this, look at my Easy Bow Tied Quilt block tutorial
Large pumpkin corners

Stem and Leaf Section

  • Green – for leaf – cut (1) 2″ square
  • Brown – for stem – cut (1) 2″ x 1½” piece
  • Cream – for leaf corners – cut (2) 1¼” squares
  • Cream left side – cut (1) 2″ x 4″ (this is longer than needed)
  • Cream right side – cut (1) 2″ x 3″ (this is longer than needed)

The leaf block also has the corners added to it but you only add (2) cream squares and place them diagonally. Stitch 1 thread width away from the line toward the corner
Fold over and then trim off the bottom cream and green piece.

Leaf for the pumpkin
  • The top section which includes the stem and leaf is 2-inches wide. Sew the stem to the left side of the leaf
  • Next, sew the cream sections to the sides
  • The cream sections are oversized so you can decide how you want to place the top section on the pumpkin body section
  • Sew the sections together and then trim off the pieces that are too long
Large pumpkin stem and leaf

Borders

  • Cream – cut (1) 1½” x width of the fabric
  • Sew a border to the top and bottom
  • Sew a border to each of the sides

Add batting and backing and quilt as desired.

Binding

Large Mug Rug finished

Small Mug Rug 6 x 8½

Cut the following pieces of fabric for the small pumpkin and sew them together as shown.

  • Lightest Orange – cut (1) 1½” x 4″ piece
  • Orange – cut (2) 1¼” x 4″ pieces
  • Medium Dark Orange – cut (2) 1¼” x 4″ pieces
  • Darkest Orange – cut (2) 1¼” x 4″ pieces
orange fabric cut into strips for the mug rugs
  • Cut (2) 1½” squares for the bottom corners
  • Cut (2) 1¼” squares for the top corners
  • Draw a diagonal line down the center of each block using a Frixon pen or fold in half and iron to get a line
  • Place the squares in the corners of the pumpkin block
  • Stitch 1 thread width away from the line toward the corner
  • Fold over and then trim off the bottom cream and orange piece – if you need a better explanation of this, look at my Easy Bow Tied Quilt block tutorial

Cut squares of the cream fabric for the corners on the pumpkin.

adding fabric to the corners of the pumpkin blocks

Stem and Leaf Section

  • Green – for leaf – cut (1) 1½” square
  • Brown – for stem – cut (1) 1″ x 1½” piece
  • Cream – for leaf corners – cut (2) 1″ squares
  • Cream left side – cut (1) 1½” x 1½” (this is longer than needed)
  • Cream right side – cut (1) 1½” x 2″ (this is longer than needed)

The leaf block also has the corners added to it but you only add (2) cream squares and place them diagonally. Stitch 1 thread width away from the line toward the corner
Fold over and then trim off the bottom cream and green piece.

  • The top section which includes the stem and leaf is -1½inches wide. Sew the stem to the left side of the leaf
  • Next, sew the cream sections to the sides
  • The cream sections are oversized so you can decide how you want to place the top section on the pumpkin body section
  • Sew the sections together and then trim off the pieces that are too long

Borders

  • Cream – cut (1) 1″ x width of the fabric
  • Sew a border to the top and bottom
  • Sew a border to the left side
  • Cut a cream 6″ x 4″ piece and add to the right side

Add batting and backing and quilt as desired.

Binding

Small Harvest Pumpkin mug rug

I did a simple meandering stitch on both mug rugs.

Both of the mug rugs on a table

This photo shows the quilting better.

Shadows show the quilting on the mug rugs

Harvest Pumpkin Mug Rugs Tutorial

You can get an ad-free printable PDF version of the Harvest Pumpkin mug rugs tutorial in my shop. The photos have been reduced in size and it is a 6 page PDF.

Here is Mr. Mickey in his new stroller visiting with our neighbor’s dogs. He loves his stroller!

Mickey the dog in his stroller with other dogs

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12 Comments

  1. I have to say I am with your daughter on the size. They are both darling though/ I love the picture at the end that shows all the puppers so happy! Although, I am thinking of making my mug rug in an autumn floral fabric choice. 🙂 Hmmm…. Gives me the idea of a Snowman Placemats in Silver and Blue…Don’t throw stones at me yet…I am a College Student while practicing with my Church’s Christmas Choir, and so I have to get things done whenever I have a free moment. 🙂

  2. I love your Harvest Pumpkin Mug Rugs and tutorial. I definitely want to make these. Yours are so lovely. And Mr. Mickey looks super happy in his new stroller. Great way for him to be eye level to larger dogs too!

  3. I had a friend years ago that had a little dog that looked just like your Mr. Mickey! He had a spinal injury that prevented his back legs from walking, but had a little buggy and she wheeled him all over town.
    Thanks for the pumpkin mug rugs, so cute and very seasonal! I’m ready for fall, my favorite season!

  4. Darling little mug rug, Connie. I think I’ll have to make a few of these with the grandchildren. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like Mickey has some good friends on his walks. Enjoy your cooler weather.

  5. Both sizes of this colourful mug rug are great. Quick to make and a nice gift.
    Mr Mickey obviously loves his new stroller.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely designs and Mr Mickey photos. He looks so happy in his stroller.

  6. Love these fun pumpkin mini mats. Mr. Mickey looks like he is enjoying his new ride. The other dogs are probably thinking when is it my turn to enjoy such a cool ride?!! Fall is here and the weather is quite nice. Blue Skies and Sunshine…

  7. Perfect size for the middle of the table for the occasional vase of flowers as well. I made some and used them under the lamp in the living room as the felt on the bottom is wearing thin. Great pattern so easy to do. Love seeing your new neighbors and how much he loves the stroller! Thanks!

  8. Thanks so much for the pumpkin mug rugs. I’ve got some scraps that will be perfect for this project. Love Mr. Mickey in his stroller. He looks so cute & so happy.

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