Tutorial Tuesday: Mug Rug with Embellishments

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Items Needed:

  • Scrap fabric for front & back of your mug rug as well as the binding
  • Scrap batting
  • Embellishments of your choice.  In this case, I used an old miniature crocheted flower doily and a 4″ square of fabric

Instructions:

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Choose the fabric and embellishments you want to use for your mug rug.  This mug rug is 7″ high x 10″ wide.  The front of this mug rug is a single scrap of fabric.  The back of the mug rug will be scrappy fabrics, leftovers from a charm pack (5″ squares).

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Piece together the back of your mug rug.  I sew two 5″ squares together and repeat for the second set of squares.

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This is the result of the charm squares sewn together.  It is a square but I need to adjust it so that it is the same (or a tad larger) than the fabric for the front of the mug rug.
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I cut off 2 1/2″ from one end of the pieced backing fabrics.

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Pin the 2 1/2″ strip to the end of the scrappy backing.

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Then sew that 2 1/2″ strip to the end of the scrappy backing.

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Now the front and back fabrics are ready for the next step.

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A 5″ square of fabric was too large for the front of my mug rug so I cut it down to a 4″ square.

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It’s time to add the embellishments!  I begin with sewing the little crocheted flower to the front fabric.  First, pin it in place.

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  I really want this mini doily to stay in place through usage and washings so I ran a stitch all the way around the center of the doily as well as all around the edge of the doily.

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Then pin and sew the scrappy square to the top fabric.  Raw edge applique is my specialty so I just ran a single stitch, 1/4″ from the edge, all the way around the scrappy square.  The quilting will further adhere the scrappy square to the mug rug.

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The top of my mug rug is ready!  Now it’s time to make your quilt sandwich using the top and bottom fabrics with a piece of scrappy batting in the center.

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Quilt as desired.  In this case, I used a maroon thread on the top and a black thread in my bobbin.  Because my top fabric was a plaid fabric, I made it easy on myself and just followed the lines of the fabric with my quilt stitches.  I did not quilt over the doily but I did quilt over the scrappy square.

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After quilting, trim your mug rug of any excess fabric or batting and then square it up.

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Now it’s time for the binding.  I did not have a 2″ x WOF strip available (remember – this is scrappy), so I sewed two strips together to make my binding.  To do this, with right sides together, place the top strip at a 90 degree angle to the bottom strip.  Then, draw a diagonal line from the beginning of the top strip across to the corner of the edge of the bottom strip.

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Pin and sew the two binding pieces together on the line you drew.

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Cut the corner off of the binding strips, 1/4″ from the line you drew and sewed.

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I chose to press the seam open.  This project is so small that by pressing the seam in a single direction, it would have made for a lumpy spot on the edge of the mug rug.

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Now, sew the binding on the front of your mug rug, making sure to miter the corners.  Finally, whip-stitch the binding to the back of your mug rug.  Congrats, you’re done!

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