Mug rugs, do you like making them as much as I do? If you have never made one, they can be simple or very intricate, it is up to you!
If you are a beginner quilter, making a mug rug is a great way to try out different techniques and quilt blocks.
You can make your mug rugs small or as big as you want. Too big and you’ll probably have a placemat!
Scrappy Christmas Mug Rug Tutorial
Follow this scrappy mug rug tutorial and you’ll make one in no time at all.
Mug rugs are a great way to use up left over scraps from another project and make great gifts. I like to make some to keep on hand when you need a gift in a hurry.
This is an updated and revised post from 2011.
This red coffee cup was bought at the Dollar Store. The colors the store has available changes all the time so I tend to pick up several when I see a new color.
What size should a mug rug be? That is up to you! We have them all over the house and use them to protect our tables. I make mine in various sizes and this one is about 7½ inches by 9 inches.
The was made using the leftovers of a 5 inch charm pack of Christmas quilt fabric that I bought a long time ago. I really like the colors and prints in this collection and have made several other quilt projects with it.
I even have some still in my stash! It was called Jovial by BasicGrey for Moda.
You may not be able to find this charm pack but many times a designer’s collections coordinate with their past collection.
I am using my new quilt photography setup that I recently showed you. I really makes it nice to take photos of my quilt projects!
This is a simple tutorial that can be made from any of your quilt scraps not just from leftovers of a 5-inch charm pack.
- Assorted scraps
- 1 Red fat quarter(18″ x 22″) or 1/4 yard for sashing and binding
- Batting and backing
Cutting & Sewing:
- Cut 36 – 1″ by 2½” pieces of assorted colors
- Cut 2 – 1-1/4″ x 18″ strips of red for the sashing
- Use a 1/4″ seam allowance
- Sew 12 of the pieces together for each row (my top row has 13 instead of 12 because 2 were narrower)
- Add the red sashing between the rows
Press your seams as you go.
- Trim your scrappy mug rug (mine was 7½” x 9″).
- Cut your batting.
- Cut a piece of backing a little bit bigger.
- Layer it with the backing wrong side up, put the batting on top and then add the scrappy mug rug right side up.
- Quilt as desired.
The quilting is just a simple free motion wiggle stitch done on the rows with my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine. I left the red sashing unquilted.
The beautiful red fat quarter was one that I had already used quite a bit of so I was short for the binding and just added some black. I know I should have cut it into strips of equal size but this is just for me and I can definitely say it is an “original pattern” 🙂
I like to cut my binding 2¼” wide for mug rugs, you can also cut the binding 2½”. Piece your strips together for the binding.
I like to sew my binding to the front side of my mug rug, fold it over and then stitch from the front by machine instead of hand stitching.
I stitched this with a cream thread and you can see how I stitched along the edge. I could have used a thread color that blended better and you really wouldn’t have noticed it.
There is nothing better than grabbing a cup of coffee, some fruit and sitting out on my deck looking at the river. Now if this were December, the deck would be covered with snow!