Sunday, January 30, 2011

valentine's day mug rug

what a great beginner project!   also a good way to use up those scraps!
you'll need:
four 5x5 squares
one 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 piece for backing
batting 9 1/4/ x 9 1/4
heart template
*1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted

first you'll need to sew your squares together.  press your seams.

next, baste your batting to the wrong side of the backing material.

now lay your fabric pieces right sides together--this means that your batting will be on the outside as you sew.  pin in place and sew, leaving approx 3 inches open for turning.  trim the corners and turn right side out.  press, so that the open edges used for turning are folded in 1/4", then sew around entire piece.  use a 1/8" seam allowance here.

since this is for valentine's day, i decided to quilt some hearts.  using a piece of paper, cut out a heart that just fits the inside of your mug rug.  trace, and sew.  you can now use this first heart as a guide to make a few more hearts!(just line it up with your sewing foot and follow along!)  TAKE YOUR TIME!!  make as many as you'd like, or just "stitch the ditch" around the squares.  when i was finished, some of the basting stitches from earlier were visible, so i just removed them with my seam ripper.

you're done!
need a gift for a teacher??  package with a cute mug(not my ugly rain forest cafe mug!! haha), and a little something sweet! 

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  1. Very cute! I have been wanting to make a mug rug for a while now. I guess I need to get on the ball and just make one! This one looks pretty simple to make!

  2. That's so sweet - I could see this on my mother's kitchen table! Might have to have a sewing day tomorrow!

  3. Very cute! I made a mug rug for my son's teachers at Christmas. Such a quick and fun project! Great job!!

  4. So Cute! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party:

  5. What a great gift - I love the fabric you chose.