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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)

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!

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26 thoughts on “Tutorial Tuesday: Mug Rug with Free PDF Template by me!

    1. Love, Love how u did this and a great tute also!
      I happened to have some blocks already with coffee cup on it and intend to do some stitchery above cups like it is steaming.
      Thanks for the idea & help..can’t wait to start!

  1. This mug rug is really cute Jenna, will make this. I made a couple mug rugs last month—-but not so cute, but like the process.

  2. This is adorable, and, as a coffee addict, made me smile. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just love it! I have no idea if my sewing machine does that free motion setting. Is that standard? Time to break out my manual!

  4. Love this! I hope to be able to make one from my mom for Mother's Day. Thanks for sharing the tute! (found you on the Whimsy Couture link up!)

  5. Thank you for the pdf! I was actually thinking about making some mug rugs with mugs on them as Mother's Day gifts for the mothers in my life but then I couldn't get the mugs to look the way I wanted. Thanks for making my life easier! 🙂

  6. So totally cute! I love your use of free motion too–only found out about that recently but have been uninspired as to how to use it, so thanks for the inspiration! 😀

  7. Hi! Your mug rug is so adorable, I definitely need to make one. I wanted to contact you and let you know that there’s a website that has copied your entire post, photos and all and posted it without linking or any credit at all. They did it to me too, and it’s obviously upsetting. Their site is heavily ad supported, so it’s even more upsetting that they would be getting paid for our hard work. I tried to leave comments asking that they credit and link, but they were deleted right away. Maybe if all of the artists she ripped off were to leave comments, she might finally listen. Here’s the link if you’d like to comment. There’s no email contact or any info like that, so comments are the only way.

  8. iam making a coffee theme for a christmas gifts ,so this is a nice idea for gift,thank you for pattern,but can,t seem to get the right size to print pattern would like if you can send it to my email .

  9. I can’t get to the download. Could you please e-mail it to me if you still have it. Its on the favecrafts site today. I just love it. Thank you in advance for a response.

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