I've been spending a lot of time on bigger projects recently, designing and testing sewing patterns which is a lengthy process. So I wanted something fun to sew, something seasonal, something not clothes! It's feeling very much like Spring is here so I rummaged through my cottons and found some bright Spring colors and got to work on a simple mug rug.
Well, I'm not sure you could call it a mug rug unless its for the whole family to use. It's maybe more of a place mat. Or maybe its just decorative. I've not really decided yet, but it was fun to sew, so much so that I made a second so now hubby and I can have matching ones. I've been using them as place mats when we eat our dinner out on the patio in the evening.
Want to make one? Course you do.
Make the Spring Mug Rug
First, pick some nice bright and coordinating fabrics. I'm so happy with my choices. I was always terrible at putting fabrics together, but I'm reasonably happy with my selection for this project.
Download and print the template. Don't panic when you open and print it, it's supposed to be backwards.
Cut some suitable sized pieces of Heat N Bond, and with the paper side up, trace the letters onto one piece, the butterfly onto another and the little flower onto a third. I had a floral fabric and cut my flower from my backing fabric, but a little template is included if you want to use it.
Iron the pieces onto the reverse of your fabrics with a dry iron on medium heat, then carefully cut out the individual pieces.
Cut out a piece of fabric for your background. I suggest making it 2 inches wider and taller than you intend for your finished piece to be, to allow for some shifting during quilting, so you can trim it to shape and size later on. I don't have access to applique/embroidery stabilisers here, so I ironed a piece of fusible fleece to the back of my background piece. You could use some interfacing as an alternative.
Using a ruler as a guide, place your appliques. When happy with the layout, remove the backing paper and iron them to fuse into place.
How you sew your appliques is up to you. You may choose to zigzag or satin stitch around the edges, or use a running stitch just inside the edge in either a contrasting or matching thread. I chose a dark navy thread to help my letters stand out.
Pull your threads through to the back, knot and snip them off.
Now it's time to quilt. Cut a piece of batting or fleece and a plain piece of cotton or calico as the backing and layer them with the decorative side facing up. Pin, spray baste or hand baste the layers in place.
I started out by marking my lines where I wanted to sew using a Disappearing Fabric Marker. This just fades in a few hours, or you can dampen it to make it disappear right away. Having the lines all drawn out helped me to keep a little more even, although I'm the first to admit, this isn't my strong point! Drawing the lines will certainly help if you've not done much of this before. Stitch along following your lines until the whole piece is quilted.
Now its time to decide on your finished size so take your ruler and rotary cutter and trim up those edges nice and neatly. Measure your finished size.
Cut a piece of backing fabric which is 2 inches wider and taller than the trimmed panel. Sit it wrong side up with the quilted panel in the middle and turn in 1/2 inch on each side and press.
Then turn the pressed edges over the raw edges of the quilted panel to hide those edges and pin in place. Take care to make nice neat corners and stitch these edges in place on all 4 sides.
Your mug rug/place mat/quilted panel is finished. I think it would look lovely in your entrance way with a vase of flowers on it. What do you think? How will you use yours?