Category Archives: Mug Rug Tutorial

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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© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. You are NEVER allowed to copy an entire tutorial or post.
Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.
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Tutorial Tuesday: Hexy Mug Rug Tutorial

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So you want to get in on the hexie fun bandwagon? I don’t blame you. These little babies are sooo addictive – they’re perfect for when you’re waiting at the doctor’s, watching telly, ignoring your screaming kids, that kind of stuff. (My kid doesn’t scream anymore, thank goddess, but she frequently asks to buy apps on her iPod. Ugh.)

Anyhoo, I’ll get you started, ok? First of all, you’ll need to cut out your hexies, both paper and fabric. I use these Clover templates, tracing the ‘inner’ hexagon onto paper, and the ‘outer’ onto fabric. Then I cut them all out.

Now I’ll show you how to baste them:

Take a paper hexagon and a fabric one. Fold over one of the sides of fabric and secure with a paper clip:
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Cut a length of thread about 12” long, and make a big knot in one end, leaving a tail of about 2”. I knot mine 3 times in the same place. Thread the other end onto your needle, then fold over the adjacent side of fabric while holding it in place with your thumb:

And make a stitch through the layers to keep it all together. Then go back and do another stitch because we’re paranoid and want the sides to be held firmly:
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If you are making large hexies, you can add a tiny stitch in the middle of each side to ensure it all stays together:
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When you have them all basted together you simply snip the threads and those tiny stitches will come out just fine.

Continue to fold and sew the edges down until you reach the first one. Bring the thread up right next to your 2” tail and tie a square knot. That’s it!

For this mug rug you’ll need 31 hexies. Once you have them all laid out, you can start stitching them together. I’ll warn you, this stage isn’t quite as fun as basting them, but you will be very proud when you get it done. And then you’ll probably start another. I pressed all mine before joining them so the folds were nice and straight.

Start stitching them together in vertical rows. Simply hold them with RST in your hand and slipstitch the edges together:
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Once you have your rows, you’ll need to join them together. We’ll do this in basically the same way. Hold the edges which need to be joined together in your hand while you slipstitch the edges. ‘Lock in’ the edges with a couple of extra stitches. The pictures show how to do it:
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Once you get done with the first side of the top hexi, readjust the whole thing so you can stitch the next sides together, and so on all the way down to the bottom. I recommend you join them together in rows of two, then stitch the rows together.
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When you are ready to baste your mug rug, take the papers out. If you put the tiny stitches in the middle of each edge, carefully snip the basting threads and gently take them out:
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The other basting threads can stay in. Baste and quilt as desired. I quilted 1/4″ along the vertical seams.
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Then trim the excess off with a rotary cutter. On the top and bottom I trimmed the very top ones in half, but on the sides I just cut off the outside angle:
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Now you just need to bind it, and I have a tutorial for that too: SewHappyGeek binding tutorial. And if you make one, I’d be thrilled if you add it to the SHG Flickr page!
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© Copyright J C Excell, 2011. You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement. This website is protected by Copyscape and is checked regularly.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Fly Away (big) Mug Rug Tutorial

Today’s tutorial is a celebration of the first Mug Rug Swap’s successful end, and the beginning of Mug Rug Swap v.2 here at SewHappyGeek. If you’d like to get in on it, just visit the page!
This mug rug ended up being quite large – I’m not sure what I was thinking when I used EQ7 to design a mug rug that would be at least 12″ wide, but once I got started it was too late to rethink and change…so here it is, a full 11″ x 14″ finished. Not quite a placemat, too big for a mug rug?
I worried and fretted about its size until Mr. and Little Savi Geek came in and gushed wildly about it. We tried to come up with a name for it – Mr. Geek came up with ‘Smug Rug’ which apparently means Supersized Mug Rug, so there it is. A Smug Rug…?
I thought a rainbow would be cool, and these fabrics were all I had on hand – I guess I had a lot of pinks but not much else…(not anymore, though!) Anyway, I’ve actually grown quite attached to my Smug Rug, so it may be hard to part with. I might just have to make another one to give away.
And here’s the breakdown:
The measurements are for UNFINISHED sizes – they’re what you need to cut:
Flying Geese:
  • 6 rectangles 4.5″ x 2.5″
  • 12 squares 2.5″ x 2.5″
Framing strips (mine are Moda black Marble):
  • 2-  2.5″ x 13″
  • 2-  1.5″ x 13″
  • 2-  1.5″ x 11″

 

Contrast Framing Strips (mine are white):
  • 2-  1.5″ x 13″
Binding: about 57-60″
Backing and Batting: 12″ by 16″
N.B. Seam allowance throughout is 1/4″



Step 1: Make your Flying Geese.

Take your 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares and mark a line as shown below, or press them on the diagonal. Then pin onto the rectangle, right sides together (RST) with the line in the same direction as shown below. I also added chalk so you could see what I mean:
Stitch over that line, and trim the triangle that won’t be seen:
Then press the triangle down, like in the orange one shown in the picture above.
Now take another square and sew it on the other side of the rectangle, RST, trimming the extra like you did before:
NOTE: You can easily chain stitch these to save time and faffing.
Here’s what they look like before I sewed them together, all lined up:
And here’s what they look like after they’ve been joined. The trick to having sharp, obvious points is to avoid going overboard with the 1/4″ SA – you can even go a tiny bit shy of 1/4″ to ensure they look really good.
Step 2: Frame it up. Now, you simply need to add your framing strips – and you will probably have to trim them down to size, but that’s ok as it’s better to have them a bit too long than a bit too short! Add the side strips LAST!! (duh)

The back is simply strips, and I quilted it with really simple echo quilting (which I messed up only a tiny bit):

 

Hope you can use this tutorial! If you make one, add it to the SewHappyGeek Flickr group, or, if you’re participating in Mug Rug Swap v.2, here’s the Flickr page for that!

© J C Excell, 2011 You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.

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Tutorial Tuesday: Mug Rug with Free PDF Template by me!

****UPDATE: the links to the mug pdf have been updated, and should go to the correct place now. If they don’t, leave a comment below and I’ll email it to you ASAP****

Ok, here’s another mug rug tutorial. I am very sorry it’s so late – it was the pdf part that I had trouble with. But now I think I’ve sorted it out, so if you want it, click here to get the free pdf template.
Here’s what I came up with:

Here’s how you make it:
First, for the front, you’ll need 3 strips, 2 for the side and 1 for the bottom. And you’ll need a piece of fabric measuring 7″ by 9″. See pic below:

I used leftover bits from a jelly roll quilt I made, sewing them together until I had about 30″ length, then I rotary cut them. I also did a 11″ length for the back, too.
For the coffee mug, I used the template I made, using Bond a Web Lite. I cut the pieces, then played with the placement of them all.
You’ll notice on the template that there’s a dotted line on the top of the mug – that’s where we’re going to put our ‘coffee’.
Once you’re happy with the layout, you can start stitching it down. If you are super nervous about your freehand skills, you can use thread which matches your fabric pieces, as little ‘mess-ups’ won’t be as obvious. Me, I like to live dangerously (and it’s all practice, right?), so I went straight for dark brown:

 

Using my free motion foot, I went from side to side, filling in the whole area with thread. I also went round all the edges 2 or 3 times:

 

After that I just sewed all the pieces together:

 

And made the back, too:

I basted it all together with 505 basting spray, and quilted it with stipple squiggles around the mug and straight lines in the strips:

 

I trimmed it using a big square ruler and a rotary cutter, and put the binding on. If you need help with binding, here is the link to my binding tutorial.

If you make one, I’d love for you to email me with a picture: Jenna (at) sewhappygeek.co.uk

Or you can post it to the flickr group! And if you make one for the mug rug swap, here’s the special flickr group for that!

Hope this was useful!


Copyright Notice:
© J C Excell, 2011 You are welcome to use any SewHappyGeek tutorial for personal use. You are even welcome to make a couple to sell, but you are not given permission to use my pictures or my words without giving me credit and linking back to the original. Sometimes my pictures have my family in them and they are never intended for public use. Also, I work very hard to provide free tutorials for my lovely readers, and anyone copying or selling my tutorials is guilty of copyright infringement.

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