Mug Rug Basics


Hints and tips to help you create a wonderful mug rug

What is a Mug Rug? - and why you should make one of these lovely mini quilts

Quick fuse applique - what it is, how to do it and hints and tips

How to bind a mug rug - single fold, double fold and mitred corner binding instructions

Eyes, Smiles and Mug Rug Details (2014 Quilting Gallery Swap) - hints and tips on Winter Dove mug rug and Russian Doll mug rug

Constructing a Mug Rug (2013 Quilting Gallery Swap) – hints and tips on Two Owls mug rug and Winter Birdhouse mug rug

Mug Rug Swap Etiquette - how to be a good partner and enjoy your mug rug swap

Downloading from Craftsy – how to save your patterns so you can find them again

Printing Patterns - ensure your pattern sheets are printed to the correct size every time

12 comments:

  1. Hi!!

    I must have missed it - but what kind of batting and how many layers do you use? Your site is wonderful as well as your patterns. They are reasonably priced and a small enough project to start off with or to encourage someone who is "stuck" in the middle of too many projects to complete.
    Thank you - Jane

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    1. Hi Jane,
      I use whatever batting I have to hand. If you were to delve into my mug rug stash you would find that there are many different thicknesses. One of the good things with mug rugs is you can use left-overs from bigger projects. However, last year I used a fusible fleece (Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece) for a mug rug swap and it was the only time that I felt the batting was too thin (it was left over from a bag I had made). Yet my friends often use fusible fleece/batting or sometimes a thicker grade interfacing. If you find your batting is too thick then place it under a layer of fabric or muslin and press it hard with a hot iron until it reduces. I would even consider using a layers of towelling if it was all I had to hand (I can be a bit impatient waiting for supplies!!).
      Hope this helps but if you have any other queries just shout - if I don't have the answer one of my friends will.
      But it sounds like you are becoming addicted to mug rugs ... a hazard of these cute little projects!

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  2. I have not done any applique before, but I am in love with your patterns, so here I go!

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  4. i found you via craftsy also - thank you for introducing me to the world of mug rugs, these are adorable :) the only problem i have is deciding which pattern to buy first :)

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  5. Do you sell the fabric for these rug mugs. I just love the blue one,

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    1. Unfortunately I don't sell the fabric. And you will be surprised to know that here in the south of England, I often don't know the names of the fat quarters I am buying unless I am lucky enough to buy a fat quarter that still has a selvage attached. We just do not have the supply or range that is available in America. I gaze at the Fat Quarter on-line shop and catch my breath as I see lines of fabric that I have never seen here.

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  6. I just love that gingerbread boy!!!

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  7. My mom loves turtles - do you have any patterns, for mug rugs, with turtles on them?

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  8. hi, I am in love with Mug Rugs and have decided to use them for Gifts for my large family this year for Christmas. I enjoy the idea of using my scraps of both fabric and batting. I enjoy your patterns and this is the 2nd rug mug swap I have done with Michelle at the Quilting Gallery.

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    1. Mug rugs are so versatile and they make excellent gifts. I also use them to mark the seasons in my home and at work. Michele is brilliant at the organizing - I am lucky to pair up with her for this swap. I hope you enjoy it.

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