Mug rugs are very popular on quilting blogs. A mug rug is a small quilted placemat. They are just large enough for a mug and a snack. These are really inexpensive to make. If you are a quilter, or a crafter, you probably have everything needed. These cute little gems make great gifts. They can be used as a mug rug or as a “token” quilt. When giving as a gift, give a nice mug and a small snack. This makes for a complete gift. They are great for crafters, teachers, or anyone who enjoys a good snack.
There are no size requirements. All fabric used is from scraps. The design pictured is an original design of mine. I used maple leaves from my yard and traced them on paper. The basic directions can be followed, and the design can be changed. A basic patchwork design is great and can be washed without much difficulty. The more decorative the design, the more delicate the mug rug.
I am assuming basic quilt terminology and techniques are understood. There’s not enough room here to explain how to quilt a top or how to bind it.
10 inch square of fabric for the backing ( this will be trimmed to 9 inches later)
10 inch square of background fabric for the front (this will be trimmed to 9 inches later)
A leaf template for the applique, more than 1 leaf can be used
Fabric scrap for leaf
Double sided fusible web
10 inch square of cotton batting, don’t use polyester (this will be trimmed to 9 inches later)
Fabric strips for binding
1. Trace the leaf design(s) onto the paper backing of the fusible web. Peel off the other side of the paper backing. Smooth the design onto the fabric. Cut the leaf design out. Peel the paper off the other side of the fusible web.
2. Place the leaf onto the background fabric. Adjust the leaf, or leaves, until you are happy with the composition. Heat set the leaf, following the manufacture’s directions.
3. Layer the front, batting, and backing fabric. Pin all 3 layers together.
4. Using a free motion foot. Quilt as desired. Using contrasting colors, for veins in the leaf, will add interest and texture. Echo quilting looks very nice for a piece this size and does not take too long. Trim the quilt to 9 inches square.
5. Bind the quilt.
Your mug rug is now finished. Remember, add a mug and a small snack for a complete gift.