Mug rugs have been around for a while, but they’re still uber-popular. Why? Because they are quick and fun to make- you can finish a project in an afternoon! And because they are so quick, you can make them for every season and they make great gifts. They’re also very handy! What is a mug rug? Well, in case you don’t know, it’s a little mat which is the perfect size for your mug of tea or coffee, plus a few cookies… and when it gets dirty you just throw it in the wash. You can also use them for candle mats and to put under a vase of flowers, so you don’t get water rings on your table.
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OK, now it’s time to make our Valentine’s Day Mug Rug!
Makes 2 mug rugs, each about 6 1/2 x 9 1/2”.
- Light pink- 2 pieces, each 6 1/2” square
- 6 different assorted Pinks and Reds- cut 1 strip from each 1 1/2” x 10”
- Scraps of Pink and Red for patchwork hearts
- Pink for binding- 2 strips, each 2 1/2” x about 40” (width of fabric, selvedges removed)
- Batting scraps (2 pieces about 7 1/2 x 10 1/2”)
- Backing Fabric (2 pieces about 9 x 12”)
- Thread for machine applique and quilting
- Fusible web for machine applique- I love Heat n Bond Lite
Make the patchwork for the heart applique: Start with a scrap of one of your fabrics (any shape, up to about 6 1/2” long) and sew right sides together with another piece of your scraps. Press the seam to one side. (Photo A) Trim off one side so that it is even. (Photo B) Sew another scrap to that edge. (Photo C) Trim off an edge (Photo D) and continue until you have a piece of patchwork which is about 6 1/2” square.
Trace heart pattern (found in PDF) 2 times onto paper side of fusible web. Cut out leaving about 1/8” border around hearts. Iron hearts to WRONG side of patchwork squares. (Photo E)
Cut out hearts on the drawn line. Remove paper backing and use iron to fuse hearts to center of Light Pink squares.
Make the patchwork squares border: Sew 3 of the strips together along the long edges and press seams open. Trim off about 1/4” of one short edge (so you have a nice even edge). Cut into 6- 1 1/2” wide units. (Photo F).
Repeat with remaining 3 strips. You now have 12 units, 1 1/2” x 3 1/2”. Sew 6 units together along long edges. Press seams to one side. Repeat with remaining 6 units. Sew to left sides of Light Pink squares. Layer with batting and backing fabric. Use a zig zag or button hole stitch to do applique stitching around edge of heart. Quilt remaining project as desired- for mine, I did loopy free-motion quilting around the heart, and a wonky (aka very imperfect) “stitch in the ditch” for the patchwork squares border. Bind with Pink fabric strip.