Make a Holiday Mug Rug

Hello, Hello So Sew Easy Readers! This is Heather from The Sewing Loft here to share a fun holiday project. On the average day, you can find me sharing lots of scrap busting projects, sewing tips and National Sewing Month. I would love for you to come by and say hello!


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To keep things fun and So Sew Easy, I thought it would be cute to create a mug rug for the holidays. This little project is perfect for holiday sewing – just add a fresh baked treat and you’re ready for gift giving! Let’s get stitching.

Holiday Mug Rug


Holiday Mug Rug by The Sewing Loft

This project is for all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button


  • fabric scraps cut into strips 7 1/2″ long
  • batting 7 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  • backer fabric 11 1/2″ x 9 1/2″
  • Fussy Cutting Template (6″ template was used for this project)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • basic sewing supplies


  1. Cut out all fabric pieces including your “fussy cut” using the template. Create a fabric sandwich like so: backer fabric wrong side up. layer of batting and your fussy cut fabric cut positioned in place; right side up.
  2. Position the 1st strip of fabric in place right sides together and stitch 1/4″ from edge; flip fabric strip over and press. This is called the stitch and flip method. **You are stitching through all layers.
  3. Repeat the process all the way around your fussy square, overlapping each layer as you sew. Continue across the balance of batting.
  4. Add decorative stitching along seams. I suggest branching out and trying a new stitch in your machine. I used Hemstitching on this sample.
  5. Create the self binding by folding over and pressing the excess backer fabric 1/4″. Fold again to clean finish. Pin and stitch in place. Trim all loose threads.


Fussy Cut Holiday Mug Rug by The Sewing Loft


Well, I hope this little holiday mug rug inspires you to get your needle moving! Be sure to stop by to say hello, check out my fabric stash projects and weekly sewing tips. A big thank you to Deby for inviting me to be part of the Seasonal Sewing Series.

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Judith Martinez
Judith Martinez

I’d like to feature some redwork embroidery on a mug rug.

Ashley Fryer
Ashley Fryer

An owl : )

Crystal Cox
Crystal Cox

Owls for my sister