Halloween Two Pumpkins Mug Rug Tutorial

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Are you looking for a fast and easy quilt project for Halloween? The Two Pumpkins mug rug would make a great gift for a teacher, a friend or just for yourself. I have included the little pumpkin appliques for you.

I have had many of you tell me that you would like to get better at free motion quilting or applique and I always, always say that you should try some small quilt projects like mug rugs!

Mug rugs are the perfect quilt project for practicing.

Halloween mug rug tutorial free template

Halloween Two Pumpkins Mug Rug
6″ x 8″

Halloween Two pumpkins mug rug finished


  • Scraps of orange, black and brown batiks or quilt fabrics
  • 7″ x 9″ cream batik or neutral quilt fabric for the background
  • 7″ x 10″ batting
  • 7″ x 10″ backing fabric
  • Heat n Bond Lite
  • Binding – 2½” x width of fabric
  • Black and cream Aurifil thread for stitching

The first thing I did was go to my bins of Island Batik fabrics and choose some fun batiks for Halloween. I really like storing my batiks in these open weave baskets as it is easy to see what I have. This is the Algot system from IKEA, it is no longer available.

Halloween Two pumpkin mug rug made with Island Batik quilt fabrics

Trace the pumpkins onto Heat n Bond Lite. I like to cut the center out from the pumpkins and then use them for the face pieces.

Halloween Two Pumpkins mug rug cutting the adhesive for the applique
Halloween Two Pumpkins mug rug cutting the adhesive for the applique

You can iron the face pieces on right away if you like.

Halloween Two Pumpkins mug rug applique done

Fabric markers are a great way to add little details to applique.  I cut the background fabric a little over sized, about 7″ x 9″.

Halloween Two pumpkins mug rug marking the applique with permanent marker

I used a brown marker at first but then decided to stitch over it with black thread.

Halloween Two pumpkins mug rug marking with a permanent marking pen

It is always a good idea to place some type of stabilizer behind your applique before stitching. I am using a page from an old telephone book. I am using my old vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine with the feed dogs dropped and a darning foot to do my free motion quilting.

Halloween Two pumpkins mug rug using phone book paper for backing

This is the backside of the applique done on the phone book paper.

Two pumpkins mug rug using phone book paper for backing view

Remove the paper, it usually is very easy to do using your fingernail to tear it.

Two pumpkins mug rug using phone book paper for backing removed

Next, you’ll need a small piece of batting, I have a drawer that I use to store leftover pieces. Little Sadie was taking a nap while I quilted.

Two pumpkins mug rug batting and Sadie

Cut a backing piece and your batting slightly bigger than the mug rug top.

Two pumpkins mug rug batting and backing

Quilt the little Halloween two pumpkin mug rug.

Halloween Two pumpkins mug rug quilted

Once the piece is quilted, trim it to size. I made this one 6″ x 8″.

Two pumpkins mug rug trimmed and ready for binding

Cut a piece of fabric for the binding 2½” by the width of the fabric. Fold in half and attach to the front of the mug rug.

Two pumpkins mug rug trimming

Once the binding is sewn down, press it to the back. Use little clips to hold it in place and then top-stitch.

Two pumpkins mug rug using clips to hold the binding
Two pumpkins mug rug finished with green buttons

This could also be used as a mini wall hanging. I pulled out some cute green buttons that would really be fun to use on this.

Two pumpkins mug rug tutorial-halloween

See how small it is compared to the Pumpkin table runner that I made last week.

Two pumpkins mug rug scraps leftover

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Halloween mug rug with two halloween pumpkins appliqued

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  1. Sherry Ellison says:

    Hello Connie Dear: Your Pumpkin Mug Rugs are so cute. I am too late again this year to make one for Skyler but I am certain I will have enough time before next Halloween. Happy Halloween and lots of Treats with no Tricks.

  2. So nice to see Miss Sadie.
    The Mug rugs look so fun to make – really need to get moving on this – haven’t even put up the Halloween Lights! Thanks

  3. Hi. Is there a pattern for the pumpkin mug rugs?

  4. That is so cute and your quilting looks great on it.

  5. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Connie, Such a fabulous tutorial with adorable applique pumpkins! I would have loved to have made these for my Dad. He always loved it when I would make him a new set. Thank you for sharing another special tutorial that is written really precisely. Have a fabulous day!