Coffee or tea? I enjoy a nice cup of lemon ginger and mint tea in the mornings. Mug rugs are a stylish way to help protect your table from those unsightly cup stains. I decided to make a mug rug that doesn’t require binding!
TOOLS USED: Sewing machine, large self-healing cutting mat, 3X18” ruler, water-soluble marker, cotton thread, rotary cutter, sewing clips, safety pins, iron, ironing board
Prepping Your Fabric
For the front of the mug rug, I used pre-cut 2.5″ fabric strips. I picked three colors from the bundle in the pack. Choose three of your favorite colors. I chose blue, green and yellow, which complimented the textured aqua fat-quarter fabric I used for the backing.
Let’s Measure, Cut and Sew
Using the fat quarter fabric, I cut a square measuring 7.5″ wide and 5.5″ long. Then I cut the batting into a smaller square measuring 6.5″ wide and 4.5″ long. Once cut, set these pieces to the side. Next, I placed three 2.5″ strips and arranged them in a horizontal fashion. I measured and cut the strips 7.5″ wide.
Once cut, I placed two of the strips right sides together and sewed using 1/4″ seam allowance.
Then, I added the yellow strip placing it right sides together with the blue strip and sewed using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
I pressed the seams toward the middle to help smooth out the seams, then combined the batting and backing fabric to make three layers. My cutting was a bit wonky, so I ended up trimming a bit off from each side to straighten things out.
Because I am using fusible batting, I pressed all three layers together. If you prefer not to use fusible batting, you may pin all three layers with a safety pin or two to ensure they stay in place while you sew. I also clipped each of the four corners. The clips were my visual guide to not sew past these areas because they need to be open in order to make the border.
I decided I wanted to sew vertical lines, which I spaced approximately 1/2″ apart. Using a water-soluble marker, I placed a dot where I wanted to start sewing, making sure I didn’t begin at the edge as this would close the edge shut. Remember, we need all the edges open. Notice in the picture below, I am using the clip as a visual guide to remain on the left side of the clip, again reassuring I don’t sew close to the edge. Don’t forget to remove any safety pins while sewing.
As I approach the end of sewing the verticle lines, I am using my clip as my visual cue to stop sewing. I also begin trimming the loose threads.
In the picture below, I am folding the raw edges of the fabric that were left open, inward. While I’m folding, I clip the folded edges in place with clips.
This is the result of me clipping all folded sides. The picture on the bottom right is a close-up picture of me stitching close to the edge. As I’m sewing along the edge, I remove the clips and sew around the perimeter of the square.
Here are the close-up pictures of the lines on both the front and backing fabric. As you can see, my vertical lines are nowhere near straight but try not to get hung up on keeping the lines exact. The important part is having fun and further improving your skills. Remember, it’s ok to make mistakes, that’s why seam rippers were invented :).
Finished mug rug!