How to Make a Mug Rug
- Fabric - 100% cotton, pre-washed and pressed
- Batting - Use a low loft
- Sewing machine
- Cutting board
- Rotary cutter
- Quilting ruler
What Is a Mug Rug?
Mug rugs are cute mini quilts that are a cross between a coaster and a placemat. Usually about 5" x 7", they are just the right size for a coffee mug and a snack. They are the perfect homemade gift for friends and family, especially those who love their coffee and tea. Mug rugs also add a nice decorative touch to a coffee table or make a pretty protective coaster for a side table.
Use this step-by-step guide to make your very own mug rug, or get creative and design your own.
For all of you diehard quilters, this is a perfect fabric stash buster.
This is a fun and easy pattern that anyone can follow. Use fabric scraps you have on hand, or buy a special fabric collection. Any colors will do.
Note: This pattern is sewn using a 1/4" seam. The finished size is approximately 5" x 7".
Step 1 - Choose the FabricsClick thumbnail to view full-size
For this pattern, you will need three fabrics.
Changing fabrics really changes the look of a mug rug. The photos above show three different color schemes. The first is a bright summer-like scheme, the second has richer tones, and the third one is in earthier tones.
While you do not need large amounts of fabric for this project, you will need one piece that is large enough to be cut to 7" x 9".
Step 2 - Cut
Cut out the fabric pieces listed below.
Use a rotary cutter, quilting ruler, and cutting mat for easy and precise cutting.
- 2 - 4" squares
- 1 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle
- 1 - 4" square
- 2 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
- 1 - 4" square
- 2 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
Step 3 - Create the Half Square Triangles
To get the triangle and square shape of the pattern you'll need to:
- Place one yellow square and the blue square, right sides together, so that they are lined up perfectly.
- Do the same with the remaining yellow square and the pink one.
- Take a marking tool and a ruler and draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other.
- Using a 1/4" seam, sew on both sides of the drawn line.
Step 4 - Cut the Triangles
Cut the fabric on the drawn line. You end up with four half square triangles.
Step 5 - Press
Press the squares. For ease of sewing, press one of the half square triangles towards the yellow fabric and the other one towards the pink fabric. Pressing like this will ensure that the seams nestle together when piecing them.
Step 6 - Trim To the Correct Size
Using this method to make half square triangles makes a larger square than you will need for the pattern. Because of this, you will need to trim down the squares to the required size.
Using your quilting ruler, trim all of the half square triangles down to a 3" square. Use the diagonal seam as a guide.
Step 7 - Lay Out the Squares and Rectangles
Once the half square triangles have been trimmed to size, lay them out in the desired pattern.
Step 8 - Sew
Sew all of the pieces of fabric together. Start by sewing the half square triangles together and then the rectangles. Remember to always use the 1/4" seam.
Step 9 - Cut the Backing and the Batting
Cut the backing fabric of your choice in a 7" x 9" rectangle. Cut a piece of batting in the same size. This is larger than the approximate finished size of the mug rug. Cutting the larger pieces allows for shifts and shrinkage during the quilting process.
Step 10 - Layer the Pieces and QuiltClick thumbnail to view full-size
Lay the backing fabric on the table, right side facing down, then place the batting on top. Lastly, lay the pieced top on the batting, right side up.
Using your machine, quilt in any design you choose. In the photos above, the bright summer mug rug was quilted along the seams. The richer toned example was quilted along diagonal lines that were marked on the top. The earthy toned example was more heavily quilted using the sewing foot as a measuring guide.
Trim off all of the threads on the front and the back.
Using your ruler and rotary cutter, trim off the batting and backing around all four sides.
Step 11 - Bind
Binding is made from 2 1/2" strips of fabric. Using the same technique used to bind a full size quilt, put binding on the mug rug.
If you need more information on binding, Millionaire Tips has written the perfect tutorial on how to bind a quilt.
Step 12 - Admire Your Finished ProductClick thumbnail to view full-size
Pour yourself a cup of coffee, grab a couple of cookies and enjoy your new mug rug!
What To Do With Your Mug Rug
Mug rugs are perfect for:
- Nursing home gifts - Brighten up a dreary nursing home room with a cheerful pattern.
- For the guy who has everything - Choose his favorite sports team colors so he has a place to put his beverage.
- Teacher gifts - Have your children help make a set of four. It will make a unique and heartfelt gift.
- Coffee or tea lovers - Include a mug rug or two in a gift basket to add a homemade touch.
- Seasonal decoration - To add a little seasonal charm to any room, use holiday themed mug rugs for every occasion.
© 2013 Claudia Mitchell