Saturday, December 15, 2012

Christmas mug rug tutorial

Pin It Does this look like the same mug rug as yesterday? It is, just in different fabrics. I'll share a fast and easy tutorial with you. What I really like about mug rugs is that they are a great way to try out a new block, play around with your quilting and have something cute to show for it.......or give it as a gift!
We are going to make a mug rug that is 6 1/2 inches by 8 inches. There isn't a set size for mug rugs....I make some smaller and some larger. This one starts out with a 6 inch block.
  • Cut 4 - 2 1/2 inch square green fabric
  • Cut 1 - 2 1/2 inch square white fabric
  • Cut 4 - 2 1/2 inch half square triangles using the Easy Angle of red fabric
  • Cut 4 - 2 1/2 inch half square triangles using the Easy Angle of white fabric
  • Cut 2 - 1 1/2 inch by 6 1/2 inch strips of red fabric
block pieces
If you don't have the Easy Angle ruler just use any method to end up with half square triangles that are 2 1/2 inches. This is the neatest little ruler and everyone should have one. Use a 50% off coupon at Jo-Ann Fabrics for one.

Piece your block together.
piecing block
Now add the 1 1/2 x 6 1/2 inch strips to two sides.  I don't know if you noticed but in the last photo the strips were actually 1 1/4 inch.....oops...then when I sewed them on I realized they were too narrow.
adding strips to block
Now we have our mug rug ready to add some applique to it. I used a Sizzix die but you could use any type of applique or skip that part.
strips added to block
Normally I would have added a circle to the center but I had this cut piece of Christmas fabric with a neat flower so I added Heat n Bond Lite to it.
applique a flower in the center
Here you can see that I fussy cut the flower to use as the center.
applique flower
I'm now ready to quilt, I don't know if you can see or not but my mug rugs are usually made with my batting scraps that have been butted together and put together with a zig zag stitch. 
Pieced batting
I'm not sure if this will actually be used as a mug rug or a mini wall hanging so I decided to put corners on the back so it can be hung. I used 4 - 1/2 inch squares of fabric that matched my backing (I'm showing the muslin just so you can see it better).

Fold each piece diagonally.
Fold square diagonally
Pin in corner, I used one in each corner in case I wanted to hang it vertically or horizontally. The photo shows a 1/4 inch dowel which is too big for a mug rug, I prefer a much smaller one as there really isn't any weight.  I like to baste the corners down before I put on my binding.
photo of muslin corner so you can see it better
I strip of  2 1/4 inch by the width of fabric was enough for the binding on this little mug rug.
Backing with corners for dowel
I did a little free motion applique around the flower and here it is as a mini wall hanging. I sure wish I could make full size quilts this fast!
Mug Rug or wall hanging


  1. This is great! Thank you - I just might try this.

  2. So cute! Great tutorial my friend!!

  3. Connie, this is very, very cute! It's perfect for the season! And you're right -- mug rugs are the perfect tool for playing with a new block or for playing around with a new FMQ pattern, too!! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  4. What a fun project. The fussy cut flower center is just the right touch.

  5. Both versions of your mug rugs are really lovely. They look so different with different fabrics! The Big Shot is fabulous, isn't it? I've been using scrapbooking dies for a few years on quilt projects and was over the moon when they released the hst, strip dies etc.

  6. I've never made a mug rug, but you made this look easy. Great idea to make it into a wall hanging. :O)

  7. Cute, cute, cute. I pinned it on Pinterest, is that O.K.?

  8. I like these . That ruler looks nifty . Ill look out for one

  9. Thanks for the great tutorial! such a cute mug rug. I love both color ways, but if I had to choose favorite it would be the Christmas one. Lovely project!!!!

  10. Thanks for the tutorial - cute! love the idea of the corners on the back for hanging too.

  11. Thanks for the great tutorial. Your mug rug turned out beautiful.

  12. Love this Connie... hope to try it later in the week!

  13. Oh my Connie, this is a sweet mug rug for the holidays! Thanks for sharing...Judith, Texas

  14. Awesome tutorial Connie. I really love this little mug rug. Thank you.

  15. I made my first mug rugs today to practice free motion quilting. Do I wash them to get the "quilting effect" like I do my quilts? I'm also making pot holders the same way. I've giving them as gifts and want to make sure they still look new.

  16. Perfect tutorial for Christmas. Thank you for taking the time and mentioning the ruler, which I have and have never used.

  17. These are both so cute! Thank you bunches for the tutorial. Merry Christmas

  18. Great tute. Thank you.
    Love your MR. Especially the flower in the center and the FM applique. Nice.

  19. Your mug rug is so festive,Connie,I love it! Just might have to make up a few of these as last minute gifts :) Thanks so much for the tutorial.

    Gotta Love those 50% off coupons at Joann's!

  20. Good morning...
    Thanks so much for the tutorial...
    I'm going try to do one (and we don't know how more after...), I'll show you, be sure.
    Maria Rosalia

  21. how kind of you Connie ,its gorgeous.xx

  22. Both mug rugs are so very cute! I am hoping Santa doesn't forget to bring me a little Sizzix ;)
    Thank you for sharing. Ellyx

  23. I love it! Curious...what do you hang the dowel on?

  24. What a great tutorial! Mind if I post a link to it on my blog?


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