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.

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  • 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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87 Responses to Make a Holiday Mug Rug

  1. I am really enjoying this blog and the projects. I can’t wait to start on some of them.

  2. Kim says:

    Too cute Lovin The Sewing Loft! Thanks so much for linking up! Shared your giveaway!

  3. Chrissy says:

    I have a mug rug and love it! I use it every day! Thanks for sharing at our Mommy Club Linky Party! I can’t wait to see more ideas and projects that you have!

  4. Sandy K says:

    My grandson love cars and truck, so I would feature one of those on his mug rug.

  5. Vicki H says:

    I have a snowman fabric that I would fussy cut.

  6. Mary Pearce says:

    I would cut out silhouettes of ’60s modern ornaments as the centerpiece of a mug rug

  7. Jennifer says:

    I have a cute ornament fabric that would be fun to fussy cut for this mug rug. A set would be a perfect little hostess gift!

  8. I would need something with a snowman or snowgirl! Something dark blue with hot pink, maybe a little bling, too!

  9. Cindy says:

    So cute and easy, my favorite combination.

  10. lauren knott (@LaurKnotter) says:


  11. Mimi O says:

    A great project that is very easy and simple to make. I would chose a woodland theme for mug rugs for my house. Maybe something with a moose, bear or deer.

  12. Tabitha Klucking says:

    I have a vintage reindeer fabric that would be perfect for the center feature.

  13. Angela Ke says:

    Probably something floral.

  14. Kimberlee says:

    These would look great with some Ghastlies fabric! Thanks for this tutorial!

  15. I love this little mug rug. It would be so easy to make for any occasion. I’ve featured the tutorial today…

  16. Michele Timms says:

    I would feature some birds so that I can use the mug rug all year!!

  17. Patti says:

    I’d like to feature a cute “sewing” novelty print…maybe a pair of scissors or spools.

  18. Lady_D says:

    I would feature a star on mine… non-seasonal, year-round. I might make some in different colors.

  19. Carol P. says:

    I am making this one!

  20. Susie says:

    A snowman would be fun to feature

  21. Victoria says:

    I would make a snowman face on my mug rug so that it could be used all winter long,

  22. Cecilia says:

    I would feature a snowman.

  23. Tanja Haack says:

    Mug rugs are so cute. I’ll be making a few of these for Holliday presents.

  24. Debbie Debortoli says:

    love making mug rugs, cute pattern!!

  25. Lisa Johnson Cowell says:

    I would have to use an owl, as that is my granddaughter’s favorite.

  26. Shannon says:

    I love this mug rug idea. I think I’d have to make a penguin.

  27. Diane says:

    I have some ‘red ninja fighter fabric’ that I think would be cute fussy cut onto a mug rug. Thanks for the tutorial!

  28. Amanda Shaw says:

    I would feature Santa on my mug rugs!

  29. gibbspeggy says:

    I would place my little Elves on the mug rug.

  30. violetgypsie says:

    I would use family pictures – maybe some vintage ones for my fuzzy cut mug rugs.

  31. Karen Propes says:

    Thank you so much for tutorial, I would make a turkey for Thanksgiving (my birthday) and reindeer for Christmas. These would make great gifts, I’m thinking about it, if I have time before Christmas.

  32. May says:

    I love snowman and snowflakes. Going to use this idea for my 4-H sewing group this weekend. I know they will be creative with their ideas. Thank you for sharing!

  33. Thanks so much for having me Deby! Wishing everyone the best of luck in the giveaway.

  34. Emily Thompson says:

    trees! I love christmas tree fabric!!!

  35. Cindy says:

    That’s what I am looking for. Quick and easy mug rugs. Been making them for days.

  36. Jessica M says:

    Maybe a snowflake or reindeer!!

  37. Brenda Sutton says:

    Very cute. Thanks for the giveaway

  38. Lore Ronding Scheidt says:

    Beautiful and fun choices! I love the snow fabrics, snowmen, snowflakes etc.

  39. fayzer says:

    Just for Fun IS fun!

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