Simple Steps for Making a Mug Rug

There are many ways to make a mug rug – here is one way.

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Cut two 9″ x 7″ pieces of batting.  I use one layer of Insul-Bright and one layer of regular cotton batting.  However, two layers of cotton batting would work too.

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Take your center piece of fabric and place it in the middle of your rectangle.  No need to pin anything because the fabric kind of sticks to the cotton batting.

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Sew a line across the top and the bottom.

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Then take your first scrap and sew it across the right side of your center piece.

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Finger press the piece open.  Sew vertical lines across this piece.  This is the quilt-as-you-go method.

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You will build your scraps clockwise around the center piece, also known as a log cabin pattern.  After each piece is sewn on, finger press it open and sew lines back and forth across that scrap.

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Add more scraps – going clockwise.  So basically you will sew a scrap down, finger press it open, sew a few lines across it, then rotate your piece and add another scrap.  You’ll notice that you will have both horizontal lines and vertical lines as you go.

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Don’t worry if the outside pieces hang over the edge.  They get trimmed off later.

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The entire rectangle is all covered in fabric.

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Once your cotton batting 9″ x 7″ piece is completely covered in fabric, you’ll see all that extra fabric.  All you have to do is trim away the extra fabric so that your piece measures 9″ x 7″ again.

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Next cut a 9″ x 7″ piece of fabric you want to use as your back.  Pin it to your front piece around the edges and then sew it together by choosing a few places to stitch-in-the-ditch (sewing in an existing seam).

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Next you’ll round off the corners.  I used a 4″ circle template, but a small bowl or mug will also work.

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Then it is time for the binding.  Binding is not my strong suit!  🙂

Cut a 2 1/2″ piece of fabric – approximately 36″ long.  Fold it in half and then start sewing it around the edge of your piece.  The curves are a little tricky, but just keep your edges matched up.  Also, I like to start the binding on the back of the piece first.

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Once your binding is finished on the back, flip it over and sew down the binding on the front.  Since I am not the best binding person, I try to use a thread that blends in with the binding fabric so that you are less likely to see it 🙂

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And then TA-DAH…. you have your mug rug!!

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