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Want to make a mug rug? It’s bigger than a coaster, but smaller than a placemat.
First, you’ll need fabric and some basic supplies.
Step One: Gather Materials and Prep Supplies
I chose a 10″ x 10″ layer cake of fabric called Rosewood designed by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics.
Using a Creative Grid ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat, I measured and cut the fabric into 1 ½” x 10 ½" strips. To make sure I would have a variety, I chose a mix of light, medium, and dark hues with a mix of small and large prints. I also picked a couple of tone-on-tone neutrals from the collection.
Mini Wonder Clips and a plastic tray I picked up at a local dollar store helped me keep the strips organized while I worked my way through the layer cake. It’s like prep work for jigsaw puzzles! I used to spend hours sorting and organizing all the pieces before starting to put it together.
Step Two: Play with Design Possibilities
Before I did any more cutting, I experimented with possible layouts.
Tip #1: Snap photos of the different layouts. It helps you see what’s working and what’s not. You can also save layouts for future projects.
Tip #2: Use the coloring pages provided in the pattern to try out different palettes. Cut-n-paste them into a notebook.
After playing, I had to pick which layout was working for me. I sketched and took notes.
Step Three: Cut, Sew, Press, Repeat
I made final cuts on some of the strips. After cutting, I had 4, 6, 8, and 10 inch strips.
I also cut the tea sentiments and removed the paper backing. Because the fabric is white and thin, I like to iron fusible interfacing on the back. It’s an optional step.
Ready to start sewing with me?
To prep for sewing, I placed two strips right sides together and drew a straight line marking the quarter-inch sewing line with a Frixion Pen. If needed, I used pins to keep the strips in line. Then, I took it to my sewing machine and stitched on the line.
If you’re comfortable sewing an accurate quarter-inch seam on your machine, skip the pen part. I’m a perfectionist. I get straight seams and I love seeing the pen marks disappear when I iron. It’s like magic and makes me smile.
Tip #3: Double check that right sides are together before sewing. The seam ripper will get a workout if you don’t. Ask me how I know.
Piece by piece, I repeated these steps until the top layer was stitched together.
I used my Creative Grid Ruler to check how things measured up and whether or not I needed to trim anywhere so that everything was squared up.
I usually do a final press of the top layer once the pieces are all sewn.
Step Four: Batting, Backing, and Binding
It’s sandwich time!
I used basting spray to adhere each layer together.
Tip #4: If you don’t have basting spray, you can use safety pins.
Now that my sandwich layers are secured, I’m ready to quilt. I want to keep it simple and stitch straight lines to add a complimentary design element to my layout.
Step Five: Celebrate and Sew Much More
Sew…take time to celebrate because now comes the tough part.
Mug-Rug-Making Tools and Supplies
I started with basic supplies, reminding myself that quilters from earlier days did not have fancy tools and they made beautiful quilts.
Like a mug rug, start small. Piece by piece and tool by tool, your skills and supplies will grow.
Fabric: (pre-cut fabrics like jelly rolls, jolly bars, and layer cakes are perfect starters)
Pins, Needles, and Thread
Tools and Supplies I Use:
Bubble Jet Set (colorfast solution for fabric paper sheets)
In my craft studio…
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Today’s post featured the products I use to make mug rugs. I stocked this link list to give you lots of options as you build your own collection.