Selvage Mug Rug tutorial

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easy selvage mug rug tutorial for a fun gift

Selvage Mug Rug tutoral

Are you looking for a fast and easy quilt project or gift to give someone? A little selvage mug rug is the perfect thing to make so make plenty!  Keep some  cute coffee cups from the Dollar Store and cookies or a treat so you’ll always have a quick gift if needed. If you don’t have any selvage pieces just use some of your fabric scraps cut into 1 inch or 1 ½” strips.

First thing to do:

Pull out your selvage pieces, if you are like me…’ll have plenty. I try to keep them neat which means when I have new ones I just put them on top of my container until I have time to put them in the box neatly. I even keep all of my ribbons from fabric bundles which can be used for pillows!Pull out your selvage scraps for a mug rugI decided to make a selvage mug rug in some peaches and greens.Pull out your selvage scraps for a mug rug in the colors you wantAdd your selvage strips to a muslin foundation piece. Cut a piece of muslin 6″ x 9″ or if you like bigger – cut the size you like. Add your strips, I usually sew right along the edge of the selvage strip and overlap about 1/4″ when I add the next strip.

adding the selvage prices to the mug rug foundation
Oops….I goofed! I forgot to put a piece of 6″ x 9″ batting on top of the foundation fabric! Normally I do that and make a “quilt as you go” sandwich like these batik placemats. No big deal, I’ll go to plan B!

Something I wish I had done differently – see the green selvage on the bottom that says “Quilt with Kids” – I should have used that a little higher in the selvage mug rug and maybe just used a strip of fabric without a selvage edge as this doesn’t show when the mug rug is done.
adding the selvage prices to the mug rug foundation

I found a lime green fat quarter in my stash that I could use for the backing. I cut the batting 6″ x 9″ and the backing just a little bigger.Selvage mug rug backing fabric

Lay your selvage mug rug right side UP on your table, place the backing right side DOWN on top of it and then add the batting.

Sew with about a 1/4″ seam allowance and make sure you leave an opening to turn it right side out.Stitch around selvage mug rug and turn

Trim tthe backing and corners, I leave a little extra backing on the section that is the opening. Backstitch at the opening.Stitch around selvage mug rug and turn

Turn it right side out, press and top stitch to close the opening.Turn selvage mug rug right side out and pressStitch across some the selvage rows to give your scrappy selvage mug rug a quilted look.Turn selvage mug rug right side out and press and quilt

I went ahead and put all of the other selvage scrap pieces away on the bottom shelf that hides behind my DIY sliding design wall. Do you realize how many mug rugs I could probably make!Quilt studio closet behind design wall with fabric and stash

I didn’t have any cookies to put on my mug rug but I always have coffee!Selvage mug rug with coffee and a treat

A yellow mug looks cute too! I pick up mugs like these from Dollar Tree all the time. yellow Selvage mug rug with coffee

Have you made any selvage mug rugs? You know I always resize my photos in Photoshop and sometimes I play. Want to see other colors of mug rugs? Wouldn’t it be fun to have all of them made up with matching coffee cups!Using Photoshop to recolor the selvage mug rugs

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Make a fast and easy selvage mug rug with this tutorial so you can have gifts on hand
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  1. Super little tutorial, always nice to know about plan A and plan B so I can choose. 🙂 I rarely have selvages because I mostly use batiks and trim them very close to the edge, but I know what t can do with the few I do have. Thanks.

  2. I love your mug rugs! as for the cute selvedges on the bottom… just add a strip of plain fabric and a muslin backing and sew down the selvedges on top of it. I am going to make a selvedges mug rug for my sister. thanks again!

  3. Hello Connie; Your Mug Rug is so cute! I have never saved selvages, but I think you must have saved them for me! LOL….HaHaHa Aren’t I just the funniest smarty pants every so often! I do however save scrap strips that are 1 inch and up. Scraps are so much fun! I think your gift idea is fabulous and will have to remember it and start picking up some cups and making some mug rugs. Thank you so much for sharing and have a fantastic day!

  4. So cute! I think selvages are very “happy” looking in projects. This makes me want to finish the selvage bag I started last year. LOL

  5. Wonderful little project! I hate when I forget the step that makes it easier….but plan B worked well.

  6. LOL, great minds think alike Connie! The class I will be teaching, I will have them make a mug rug to get the concept. I will give them 3 choices: turn like a pillow as you did, regular binding like a quilt, or curve the corners and do with bias binding. I have the class samples made already. If there is time, I will teach a zippered pouch too.

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