Last week I showed you the snow globe AnnMarie sent me and the little patchwork rug I whipped up here.
Little Patchwork Rug
I made a couple of different rug mugs (or coasters if you want to call them that) just for this tutorial. As I mentioned, these are very basic. You could certainly add some interfacing or a little batting for added thickness, bind and quilt them, add ric-rac, buttons or other decoration. Make them shabby chic. Whatever your mind can dream up.
As do most quilters, I have lots of scraps. Mug rugs are great scrap busters.
Here we go:
1. I start with a 5" square. (I cut this one from a larger piece of fabric.)
2. Choose a fabric scrap and lay it over the first square. This scrap needs to be 5" wide so I had to trim it a bit. (I don't worry about the length. My scrap just happens to be about 3-1/2" long, but any length will do. You'll see why in a minute.)
3. Choose a second 5" wide scrap and lay it next to the first scrap. Together the total length of the two scraps is more than 5". That's okay. I'll take care of that soon.
4. Place the two scraps together, right sides facing.
Join with a 1/4" seam.
Open, and press seam down with my fingernail.
5. Turn the joined piece over and lay the 5" square on top. You can see that the two pieces I joined are now longer than the 5" green square by about 1-1/2"
6. I'm trimming off that excess.
7. Now I have a 5" square. If I wanted to I could just call this newly made square good. But it's pretty boring. . .it needs another patch.
8. I choose a white scrap (this happens to be about 2-1/2" wide) and place it on top of the joined piece.
9. Now I trim the length of that white piece down to 5".
10. Line up the white strip even with the top of the joined piece, right sides together.
Sew the white strip to the pieced square with a 1/4" seam.
I end up with a larger than 5" square.
11. Using my grid I decide how I want my patchwork to line up and trim off the excess.
12. Now I've got two 5" squares.
13. I place them right sides together and sew 1/4" seam around all sides, making sure to leave a 2" opening on one side (for turning the inside out).
Clip the corners.
Turn the inside out.
14. Gently push out the corners with a pointed tool.
Turn under the salvage of the 2" opening and press.
15. Top stitch 1/4" from the edge on all sides.
And that's it.
A pretty mug rug.
Now here's another mug rug that's super fun to make and a good way to use up really small strips of leftover fabric.
Choose whatever scrap strips you like and sew them together with 1/4" seams. Here I'm using 5" long strips in various widths.
Just keep adding and sewing until you have the look and size you want.
Trim as needed. In this case I'm trimming to a 5" square.
Remember this scrap leftover from the first mug rug tutorial above?
I'm going to use it for the reverse side.
Adding another, larger scrap.
Sew the two pieces right sides together with a 1/4" seam.
Trim to 5" width.
Here are my two completed squares. Follow steps #13-15 above to finish.
Here's the second finished mug rug -- front and back.
So now I've showed you how to easily make two different mug rugs.
|Aren't my dollar store mugs cute?|
Have you made mug rugs?
If not, is this something you might try?
If you make one using my tutorial, I'd love to see it. And please let me know if you have questions.
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