Tuesday, June 21, 2011

What is a Mug Rug? Let me show you!

Hi Friends,
Have you seen these little cuties floating around the internet lately?  I love these things!  They are called a mug rug.  What is a mug rug you ask?  A mug rug is like a mini quilt that is somewhere in size between a coaster and a place mat.  Most I've seen are rectangular in shape but I've seen heart shaped and flower shaped ones as well.  They are made to set your beverage on as well as a crumbly baked good.  You are encouraged to eat off these sweet mats!  I think this is just a nice little touch as I sit quitely with my coffee and spend time with our Lord.
If you are a scrapbooker, you probably know what ATC's are.  IMHO, this is the ATC in the sewing world except sizes vary unlike the ATC's.  These mug rugs are embellished lavishly and traded in sewing and quilting circles.  One of the best parts is that they use your scraps!  I'm going to encourage you to google mug rugs and you will see the beautiful work quilters have done in making these.  Some are true mini works of art!

Let me tell you how I made my mug rug.
I found my favorite size to be 5 1/2" x 11".  I like this size where the length is double from the height.  The binding you see around the edge is the backing of my mug rug just wrapped around to the front.  You could finish the edge in bias tape or with another binding, but I find it is super easy to just wrap the backing around to the front side, fold it under so there is no raw edge, and stitch.  There is a piece of batting 5 1/2" x 11" sandwiched between the front and back.

I made my mug rug just last night and it took about an hour.  The only real embellishing I did is I stitched this little phrase with my sewing machine.

Here is the back side of my mug rug.  I cut the backing one inch wider than the mug rug so that I could wrap it around to the front and fold under my raw edges. 

So my top fabric I did first and pieced the pieces together and then squared it up to a size of 5 1/2" x 11".  I cut a piece of batting 5 1/2" x 11".  I cut the backing 7 1/2" x 13".

Here was my first attempt at making a mug rug.  This was leftover fabric from my son's curtains that I sewed several years ago.  The fabric is printed to have this pieced look to it.  This mug rug happens to be 5" x 10".  That is when I decided I wanted my next one to be just a bit larger.  This will be great for his room though. 

Have you tried to make one of these?  Send me a picture if you have.  What else are you sewing or crafting these days?  I'd love to hear!
Happy Homemaking,
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Healing Woman said...

So clever! I am going to try to make some of these. I guess you can just shake them after using and thus avoid any extra dishes. I also like the idea of putting your favorite saying onto them. Thanks so much for posting.

Cheryl said...

How adorable! These would make great gifts. My 22 year old daughter is a weaver and has woven a sweet mug rug for me that I use at my desk.

A Daily Dose of Grace said...

These are so cute! I imagine you could personalize the embroidery with favorite Scriptures, too. What a great idea!

And, I do believe we have the same brown countertops. :)

(Found you on Heavenly Homemakers)

Canadagirl said...

Ohhhh I will HAVE to make one of these now. This summer I am trying to use up a lot of my sewing scraps. And this is perfect idea! Also I like to make my quiet time with the Lord extra special and this is a wonderful way to do that.


Pamela said...

I love it. What a great idea for scraps. I'm always trying to find something to do with them. I make prayer baskets for friends. With the Morning Coffee with God embroidered on it they would be a great -- and unique -- addition to the baskets.

Have a joy-filled week!

The Sunflower Patch said...

What a great scrap buster!

Coffee Break Whatever said...

I have just got hooked on mug rugs! I enjoy making them, I was wondering if you could share what you use for the batting. Real batting, flannel...
I have tried a thin but stiff batting and baby receiving blankets which are borderline to thin and they shrink so much even after 5 washes! Thanks for anything you care to share. I am hoping to have good suplies to make them for christmas gifts!


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