We have come to the end of our Mug Rug of the Month Pattern series. For the last one, I'm sharing these simple, yet pretty fall flowers. Since you are my creative friend, you already know you can swap out the fabrics and turn them into spring flowers. How fun!
I want to thank everyone who has followed along on this fun stitching adventure. I also want to thank Mayra and Deby for this wonderful opportunity for allowing me to share these patterns with you. I've really enjoyed working with So Sew Easy on this to bring you some fun and easy projects. I'll be adding all the links to these tutorials on my website in the very near future so you can find them easily. Be sure to sign up for my VIP Club (on my website HERE) so you don't miss that post or any other fun and fabulous tutorials I share often.
What you will need for one flower mug rug:
- Small scraps of fabric for appliqués
- 1/8 yard of light weight paper backed fusible webbing
- 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fabric for background
- 6 1/2 x 10 inch piece of fusible fleece
- 7 1/2 x 11 inch piece of fabric for back
- 2 3/4” x 44” strip of fabric for binding
- Fray-check (optional: to seal the stitches on the back)
- Thread to match background fabric and appliqué fabrics
- Embellishment supplies of your choice
Your pattern page(s) will have a list of the embellishments that were used in the sample, such as wiggle eyes, beads, buttons, fabric paint, ribbon, etc. If you will be using glue for attaching embellishments be sure to use a good quality and washable fabric glue. This is the same for paint, unless the mug rug is used for decoration only, you will need to use a washable fabric paint.
- Sewing scissors
- Sewing needles
- Fabric marking pen or pencil (Check out our article on Frixion pens.)
- Paper or cardstock (for printing pattern pieces)
- Iron & ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Cutting mat with ruler & rotary cutter (optional)
Important tips & general instructions:
**Read tips and instructions thoroughly before beginning.
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**Iron your fabrics before starting. If you will be pre-washing your fabrics, do not use a fabric softener. It can prevent your adhesive from sticking when fusing. 100% cotton fabrics work best.
**When printing out your pattern, make sure you do not shrink the document. You will want to print it out at the actual size for your pattern pieces to fit your project. You will find this setting in the window that appears when you choose print. Make sure your little square measures one inch. If it doesn’t they will not fit properly on your mug rug.
1. Download the pattern page to your computer. Print out the pattern pieces and cut them out. If you use cardstock, it will be so much easier to trace around them.
2. Turn your pattern pieces ink side down (unless otherwise stated on the pattern) so that the ink side is facing down, and trace them onto the paper side of your paperbacked fusible webbing. Do a rough cut just outside the traced line. You’ll cut on the line in the next step.
3. Fuse (iron) these to the wrong side of the fabric scraps you have chosen for your appliqué pieces. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the paperbacked fusible webbing you are using. Cut your applique pieces out by cutting on your traced lines. Remove your paper backing and set aside.
4. Fuse the piece of the fusible fleece to the backside of the background fabric, following the manufacturer’s directions for the fleece you are using. Make sure that your adhesive side is facing the backside of your background fabric before letting it touch the iron. I find that when I spray this fleece with purified or distilled water, I get a nice hold.
5. Flip over so that the right side of the background fabric is facing up on your ironing surface. Arrange your appliques on the fabric (glue side down) making sure to keep them at least an inch away from each edge. Your binding will take up about 3/8” of the edges. Once you are happy with the arrangement, fuse in place following the manufacturer’s instructions for your fusible webbing. You can refer to the photo or illustration for correct placement of the appliques.
6. Transfer any markings for the placement of embellishments or additional stitching at this time. I love my water soluble marker for this step. Since I use a disappearing marker (that disappears fast) I like to make my markings at the sewing machine right before I do any accent stitching. If you have no markings to transfer, it’s time to stitch!
7. Embroider around your applique pieces as desired. Use any stitch you like best. Sometimes I use a tight zig-zag stitch and sometimes I like to use the decorative buttonhole stitch that is on my machine. I’ve lately become quite fond of the uncluttered look of a straight stitch. It’s whatever you want to do for the look you are trying to achieve. Once all your machine stitching is complete, it is time to stitch on any embellishments that require stitching such as buttons, beads, etc. Any glued or painted embellishments will be done at the very end.
1. Place the ironed backing piece with the wrong side facing up on your work surface. Center your applique and fleece piece on top. Hand baste, pin, or spray baste to secure. I prefer to use the basting spray because it’s super quick and the spray lasts a long time for small projects. Using a rotary cutter or scissors, cut your backing piece to the same size as the top/fleece combination. Machine baste (optional depending on how you are basting the pieces together) all the way around this piece, 1/4 inch from each edge.
2. If you want to machine quilt these layers together, you can do that. I always get best results when using free motion machine quilting, but most of the time, I don’t do any quilting. This is such a small piece and fusible fleece was used for the inside. I use mine for decoration so they don’t get washed a lot. If that were the case, you might want to machine or hand quilt around your appliqués.
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