Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Tree Mug Rug Tutorial

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Christmas Tree mug rug tutorial at Freemotion by the River
 How would you like to make a fast and easy Christmas tree mug rug? I whipped this up yesterday while blog hopping for all of the great giveaways. I found lots of new blogs to follow. If that is how you found me I hope you enjoy my blog and come back.
Christmas Tree mug rug tutorial at Freemotion by the River
 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 steal my photo from my table runner to show you the half square triangles (more about that below).
HST blocks
  • Cut your squares 1  1/2 x 1  1/2 using the diagram below to see how many to cut
  • 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
cutting chart for Christmas Tree at Freemotion by the River


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 up these diagrams for you.
Piecing chart for Christmas Tree at Freemotion by the River
In the diagram above I should have shown the half square triangles as already sewn together, sorry. Sew each row together.
chart for Christmas Tree at Freemotion by the River
Here is the finished square. Your block will be 5 1/2 inches square.
Christmas Tree tutorial at Freemotion by the River
 I added one 1 1/2 inch strip x 5 1/2 inch to one side and a 4 inch x 5 1/2 inch piece to the other side. Then I added two 1 1/2 x 10 inch strips to the top and bottom. I used Warm & Natural batting and did a swirly free motion quilting. I trimmed it to about 7 inches x 10 inches and added a 2 1/2 inch binding.
Christmas Tree tutorial at Freemotion by the River
 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 star fish in the background????
Christmas Tree mug rugs tutorial at Freemotion by the River
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
I also made a table runner with bigger trees! You can find it here.

33 comments:

James-Linda said...

THAT'S ONE OF THE MOST ATTRACTIVE MUG RUGS I'VE SEEN>SO NICE!HOW DID YOU GET THOSE STITCHED SWIRLS ALL OVER IT? THAT'S MY PROBLEM! MORE FM PRACTICE,I SUPPOSE!
MERRY CHRISTMAS ♥

iluvmybugs said...

I just love this pattern Connie and your runner at Sew We Quilt!!! Thanks for the easy-to-follow tutorial...I definitely will be making some of these!!!!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Connie, sweet and simple. I love your mug mats.

beaquilter said...

Great I was going to make a mug rug for my kids teachers, then they all like purple and I didn't have that much purple fabric, but a small christmas tree with a purple border would be great!

Mrs.Pickles said...

So lovely! I am going to try and make some just like it. GREAT post on Sew we quilt too!!!!

Kiera said...

Looks awesome Connie! Your FMQ looks like swirling snow! So, so pretty!

Susan said...

Great quick project. I came over from looking at your lil twist quilt with the flowers. Someone on a group posted the link. I loved that one, and the binding was perfect.

Cherry Red Quilter said...

this is really cute Connie - I love it!

Ellen said...

Very cute - thanks for the tutorial!

Joanie's Quilts said...

Connie your Christmas tree Mug Rug is wonderful. How do you sew and blog hop at the same time? I think I have some things to learn from you. I finally got through them all the participants in the blog hop. I felt like my eyes were glazing over, but it was so much fun! Now that I know what to expect I can plan better for it next year! Thanks for commenting on my Christmas post cards. Have a great day!

Exuberant Color said...

That is a cute mug rug! I may save that pattern for next year if I don't get it made this week.

Rosa said...

Very cute and very easy follow your tuto.Thanks so much.

Cori said...

This is so pretty! Will you link it to my Handmade on Humpday link party over at
http://createdbycori.blogspot.com/2011/12/handmade-on-humpday-5.html
Thank you!

Annette said...

love the mug rug and how it goes with your Christmas tree Runner .....do I have time to make that hmmm...

Julie said...

You always have the greatest ideas Connie!

Carla said...

Very cute Connie. I posted a mug rug today too : )

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Super cute Mug rug and great tutorial!!! Thanks for linking up :)

Caryl W said...

What a fun mug rug and great tutorial! AND I really like the quilting and the stripes binding!

M-R said...

So cute and I love how it coordinates with your table runner. Thanks for the tutorial and for linking to TGIFF!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

They are both cute! I love the quilting :)
Thank you for linking up to TGIFF!

Debuko said...

Beautiful:)

Karen said...

Love your mug rug and thanks for the directions! Those would be great to use all winter long.

Foolish Feathers said...

I was trying to come up with something like this only my brain is on vacation (Pregnancy) so thanks for posting a tutorial! Now I just need to follow your directions, and of course make the matching table runner!

Kate said...

Lovely mug rug! Thanks for sharing. Quite clever of you to make matching mug rugs and table runner; and quite generous of you to share. Merry Christmas!

Shiloh said...

This is so pretty! I just made a couple mug rugs, but they are not nearly so polished as this. I love it. It's beautiful.

Jill said...

Love this mug rug - I'm going to pin it for next year! My sewing machine has been packed away until after Christmas now!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Jill said...

Love this mug rug - I'm going to pin it for next year! My sewing machine has been packed away until after Christmas now!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.

Scattered Threads said...

This is very cute! Thank you very much.

Heather said...

very nice and clear instructions. Thanks.

Ellis2Roam said...

Thanks for the great tut, I have just finished making four of them and they are lovely. You are such a good teacher, thanks again.

Just Quilt It said...

This will make perfect gifts for my other officers in our church women's fellowship group. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

Heather said...

HI Connie, I finished by mats and have posted a pic on my blog along with a link back to you. http://www.heatherpearson.com/2014/04/needlework-tuesday-even-tiny-finishes.html