Tutorial Tuesday: Cheating Zig Zag Mug Rug

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My friend and bee mate Cindy of Fluffy Sheep Quilting organised a Goodie Swap and I’ve been busy making my mug rugs, and I thought maybe you might like a tutorial for this:

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It’s 10.5″ by 8.5″ finished. I got the idea for this from Crazy Mom’s zig zag quilt tutorial. For this mug rug’s front you’ll need:

  • A- 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″
  • B- 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 5″ x 1.5″
  • C- 1} 5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″
  • D- 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 10″ x 1.5″
  • E- 1} 10″ x 1.5″ and 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″
  • F 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″ and 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″
  • G- 1} 7.5″ x 1.5″ and 5″ x 1.5″
  • H- 1} 5″ x 1.5″ and 2.5″ x 1.5″
  • I- 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″
  • J- 1} 2.5″ x 1.5″

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Now, you need to sew those longer strips together. They get arranged in the logical way -
  • The two small A and B get sewn together on the long sides
  • B and C’s 5″ strips get sewn together
  • C and D’s 7.5″ strips get sewn together
  • D and E’s 10″ strips get sewn together
  • E and F’s 7.5″ strips get sewn together
  • F and G’s 7.5″ strips get sewn together
  • F’s 2.5″ strip gets sewn to J’s 2.5″ strip
  • G and H’s 5″ strips get sewn together
  • H and I’s 2.5″ strips get sewn together
Now you need to cut your long strips into 2.5″ long blocks:

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Then it’s just a matter of lining them all up and sewing them together. I sew 4 little blocks together, then start sewing them into bigger pieces. But you can do whatever you’re comfortable with.

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And here it is, all finished with pretty yellow binding:

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And here’s the back, complete with my new small quilt labels from Spoonflower. You can make your own too.

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16 Responses to Tutorial Tuesday: Cheating Zig Zag Mug Rug

  1. miranda says:

    I LOVE this mug rug. I really adore that pattern too! I never thought of making a little one though. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Jeannie says:

    I want to make one!!

  3. Pomona says:

    Lovely mug rug – really great colours, and a very clear tutorial.

    Pomona x

  4. Katy says:

    Love the idea of this. I think I might have been a tad over-optimistic with my 2 mug rugs, but they seem to be working so far, albeit giving me a headache or two…

  5. Debbe says:

    That is cute and a great way to use up some scraps for sure.

  6. Denise says:

    Hi. I’m a bit confused with the directions when sewing the strips together. For “F” I’ve cut the 3 strips and for “G” I’ve cut 2 separate strips. when it is sewn together I’m supposed to sew E and F 7.5 strips and then F and G 7.5 strips. Does this mean I will have a set of 3 7.5 strips or should there be an extra F 7.5 strip? I’m new to quilting so I may just not “be getting it”. Thank you! I hope I can figure it out because I really like this mug rug!

  7. Hi. I’m a bit confused with the directions when sewing the strips together. For “F” I’ve cut the 3 strips and for “G” I’ve cut 2 separate strips. when it is sewn together I’m supposed to sew E and F 7.5 strips and then F and G 7.5 strips. Does this mean I will have a set of 3 7.5 strips or should there be an extra F 7.5 strip? I’m new to quilting so I may just not “be getting it”. Thank you! I hope I can figure it out because I really like this mug rug!

  8. Rhonda says:

    I hawse been looking for something to do with my scraps. Thank you for the idea…just in time for the holidays!!

  9. Naomi Vela says:

    Love it Jenna, thanks for sharing the tutorial….I saw the original quilt and bookmarked it with the thought of downsizing it and making a mug rug one day….glad I hadn’t got to it now….you solved all the math for me. Ya blood’s worth bottling. Hugs Naomi

  10. Laura says:

    Lovely, bit to much work for me. LOL I would like to have time to try straight corners one day.

  11. Lauren says:

    what fabrics are these? i would have loved to see this about 3 weeks ago when i was planning my new quilt for our bedding. the fabrics are exactly what i was looking for!

  12. janet says:

    Jenna, I really like this mug rug. I’m a bit confuse with the choice of fabrics. Can you explain a bit of that for me please? How many darker and lighter colours do I need for this mug rug?

    Thanks.

  13. Rita Goshorn says:

    i♥mugrugs! yours are fascinating! thanx for sharing the idea and pattern .

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