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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″
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:
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.
And here it is, all finished with pretty yellow binding:
And here’s the back, complete with my new small quilt labels from Spoonflower. You can make your own too.
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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:
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:
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.
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:
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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****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
Hope this was useful!
© 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.