Monday, January 3, 2011

Mug rug

Have you ever heard of a mug rug?  I've been seeing them around for awhile now and have wanted to make one for the longest time.  They are basically large quilted coasters for your coffee/tea mugs that can range from very plain and basic to extremely extravagant.  My first attempt was during halloween and was a FAIL.  The problem is I never learned how to quilt and all the sewing I know I taught myself so most of the time I'm winging it.      

Since I had the day off today I decided to give it another go.  I spent a while trying to decide on some fabric combos and designs.  This is about as basic as it gets, just 5 strips of fabric sewn horizontally.  To add a little something extra I hand stitched a felt hedgehog on the center linen panel.
This is the backing.  I like the way the quilting stitches (or whatever they are called) look on the backside, I'm not too crazy about how they look on the front.

All I have left is a final pressing and then the binding.  The ironing I can mange the binding... well let's just say I'm terrified.  I don't even know how to begin, I guess I will be googling some how to's.  If anyone knows of any good ones that a 2nd grader could figure out please let me know.  

I seriously think I am going to ruin this thing once I get started on the binding so I made sure to take photos just in case this ends up in the trash.

Examples of some that I have been eyeballing:

17 comments:

  1. Aww, that hedgehog fabric you used is adorable! I've never heard of a mug rug before but they look fancy... and it's fun to say, hehe.

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  2. I would definitely use these every single day! Adorable! Nice work!

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  3. I think this rug is quite cute!! we are our woorst critics..one good thing is if ya don't like it.. give as a gift.Thanks for sharing,Amy

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  4. the hedgie is adorable!
    there's a good binding explanation at distantpickles.blogspot.com - underneath the quilt-along tutorials. :)

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  5. the hedgehog is SO cute. im jealous.

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  6. This is adorable! I passed on a blog award! Go take a look at my blog!
    Hugs,
    Chrissy xxx

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  7. Yours is really cute! I'd love one, but I'm really messy with my tea. I always slop it everywhere, so I would constantly have tea rings on my mug rug. (Sounds like an innuendo.)

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  8. I love your mug rug! Its so adorable! I need to make one for myself, but i just haven't gotten the nerve yet. haha. i'm self taught also.

    I hope you have a fabulous day!

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  9. these are so cute. your stuff is impressive!

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  10. I think your mug rug is beautiful, love this idea!

    Cute blog, I must follow for more inspiration!

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  11. love it - esp that cute hedgehog x

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  12. I love that your "winging it" is as good as most people who have quilted for ages! lol It's so cute! The hedge hogs is too cute!

    no throwing things out!! lolol

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  13. Looks fab to me. And that hedgehog is completely adorable!

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