tutorial : mug rug

i wanted to make one of these so bad over my break after seeing some pretty inspiring projects here and here. the second one was my inspiration for this mug rug.

i guess i should share what a mug rug is before we begin.  they are basically a big coaster for your drink and a snack.

i should begin by saying that i am no mathematician.  so if you look closely my lovely little squares are perfect. but since this one was just for me, it’s fine.  i do love it loads too.

just for your information. this is a rather length tutorial. i tried to cover every detail to help out those, like me, who don’t do a lot of quilting and need the whole play by play.

here is what you will need:

12 – 2in square scraps of cotton material (they should be coordinating patterns and colors)

lightweight denim pieces

1 – 3in x 5in rectangle

1 – 3in x 2 1/2 in rectangle

1 – 4in x 5in rectangle

1- 4in x 2 1/2 in rectangle

1 – 7 in x 7 3/4 in rectangle (for the back)

batting : 1- 7in x 7 3/4 in rectangle

binding : 34 in long (made from scraps or premade)

the process:

1.  take the little squares and arrange them on the table the way you want them to look. 7 vertical squares and then 3 squares on one side and 2 on the other.

2.  stack them up in the order that you will sew them.  stack the 7 squares together. then stack the 3 together and then the 2.

3.  sew the 7 squares together (using a 1/2in seam allowance) in one long vertical column. then the 3 and then the 2.

4.  press all the seams flat.

5.  sew the 2 squares to the 3×5 in piece of denim (right sides together). next sew the 3x 2 1/2in piece of denim to the other side of the 2 squares.

6.  sew the 4 x 5in piece of denim to the 3 joined squares and then the 4x 2 1/2 to the other side.

7. press seams flat.

8. take the vertical strip of squares, lay it right sides together on one of the denim pieces.

note: make sure squares line up as best you can before sewing in place.

9.  i basted them in place and then sewed them using a 1/2in seam allowance.

10. press seams flat.

11. layer the larger denim rectangle face down, place the batting on top and the pieced together piece should go face up on top. pin everything in place so it doesn’t shift.

12. top stitch along both sides of both seams for the long vertical row.

13.  do the same for the shorted patched row.

now we are going to quilt the denim areas.

14.  choose one denim area to begin in.

15.  stitch 1/4in inside the top stitching. (sorry for the blurry pic)

16.  the best way to do this is to use the already stitched lines and follow them using the presser foot as a guide.

17.  keep going in this manner until the entire area is filled in.

18.  do the same thing inside each denim section.

19.  take this to the cutting board. trim off excess and try to even things out a bit, if need  be.

time for the binding. if you are using precut binding, skip down a bit cause i am going to explain how to make the binding. at least how i made the binding.

20.  gather your cotton scraps.

21.  cut them in 2in long strips.

22.  lay one strip on top of another as shown in the picture.

23.  you are going to sew from the top left corner to the bottom right corner where the 2 bits of material meet.

24.  trim off excess.

25.  open it up. it should be on even, long strip now.

26.  keep adding strips of material, following steps 22 to 25, until piece measures about 34 in. (you probably won’t need that much but i like extra in case my math stinks, which it usually does. ha.)

27.  iron seams flat.

28.  start at a half way point on one of the sides.  sew the binding down using a 1/2 seam allowance (i used a 1/4in and should have used the 1/2.).

29.  sew til you are 1/4 in from the corner. backstitch a  bit and then cut the thread.

30.  then fold the binding up.

31.  and then back down, lining up the edge of the binding with the edge of the mug rug.

32.  sew (backstitching a little) starting 1/4in from the edge. sew til 1/4in from the next edge. continue this on around the mug rug.

note : i did discover that the closer together you could make these corners the better.

33.  when you get to where you started, overlap the material an couple inch, cut off extra binding, and backstitch the end of your sewing.

34.  iron the binding towards the other side on all sides of the mug rug. don’t bother with the corners right now.

35.  take the spot where your ending and beginning overlap and fold the material that is on top back at a 90 degree angle. iron flat.

36.  turn the mug rug over and fold all the edges under as far as you can and pin in place.

37.  now for the corners, push the corner way up in there and then fold the other side over, for a nice neat corner.

38.  pin in place, and then iron everything down.

39. time for the handstitching bit.  knot your thread, and start where the beginning and end of your binding meets.  slide the needle inside (to hide the knot).

40. you are going to sew a blind stitch all around the edge. be sure to get the needle through the material and the batting but not the other side of the rug.

41.  when you put the needle through the binding, try to put it through just along the ironed crease.

again work your way all around. knot off and try to tuck the knot in so that it isn’t so noticeable.


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