Saturday, November 6, 2010

A Mug {rug} of Scraps



Hi, there!  I'm Jennifer, a.k.a That Girl, of That Girl... That Quilt...  I'm so excited to be posting here on Stash Manicure today!

When Madame Samm asked me if I would be interested in sharing here I paused for a second because I'm not known as someone who has a well manicured, under control stash.  I have only been quilting for 3 years but I have quite the fabric stash.

Got scraps? I do!
I love fabric.  Love. It.  And I buy a lot of it... just ask my habit supporting hubby, Steve.  But after I thought about it for a moment I decided that I wouldn't be a total hypocrite posting here if I shared a project that uses entirely scraps.  Right??

My first mug rug
Have you seen the mug rugs appearing on Flickr and in blogland as of late?  Carol, Madame Samm and jodi comes to mind.  There is something about them that is endearing, a bit quirky, and a lot of fun.  I made my first one on a whim and I was hooked.  They take nothing more than scraps of your favorite fabrics, a scrap of batting, a bigger piece of scrap fabric for the backing and a strip of fabric for the binding.  That's it!

So today I thought I would show you the basics of making one of these cuties.  It takes less than an hour to make one and they are awesome gifts for the fast approaching holidays.

To make the top of my rug, I use a combination of linen and quilting fabric scraps.  I piece them into a simple rectangle that measures approximately 7.5" x 9.5".  You could also make a favorite quilt block for the top.

I add a little linen pocket to my rugs to hold a spoon, a tea bag, packets of sugar, etc...  It's a simple touch that draws a lot of comments and compliments.  Here's how you make it:

Take your scrap that measures approximately 4"x8...

...and fold it in half.  It it's a patterned fabric, you will fold it with right sides together..

Starting on one side of the fold, with a 1/4" seam allowance, stitch down one long side to the corner stopping 1/4" from the edge.  With your needle down, raise the presser foot and turn the fabric and begin stitching down the short side {this will be the bottom of your pocket}

Near the middle of this side, stop, backstitch and leave an opening of 1.5".  On the other side of the opening, backstitch again and begin stitching to the corner.  Again, stop 1/4" from the corner and with your needle down, raise your presser foot to turn the pocket to stitch the last side.

To reduce bulk clip each of the corners, turn the pocket right side, make sure your corners are pointing nicely, and press. 

 Don't worry about stitching the opening closed; you will catch this when you are attaching the pocket to the mug rug.

If you want to embellish the pocket now is the time.  I stitched a few of my favorite scraps onto the pocket  with a zig-zag stitch.

Now you are ready to attach the pocket.  I just eyeballed where I wanted the pocket to go and measured to make sure it was straight.  Topstitch it onto the mug rug.  Make sure you backstitch at the corners for a little extra strength.  Done!

Layer your backing, your batting and then your top just like you would a quilt and either baste it with pins or a little basting spray and you are ready to quilt.

On this rug I just did a random grid of straight lines with my walking foot.  I changed the distance between the lines by changing my needle position.  This is a great way to try out new quilting techniques, BTW.

Once you are satisfied with your quilting square up your mug rug and bind it.  I did a tutorial for a complete binding by machine and you can find it here.  It's quick, easy, and I love the precise results!


 Thanks for letting me share here today.  Enjoy your new mug rug!

PS: I'm giving this mug rug away... stop by my blog for a chance to win!

Love to hear what you think, it encourages me to make more.
Like I needed an excuse.

Thanks everyone!
Jennifer :)

45 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tut will make a great wee gift.

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  2. I like the addition of the little pocket - and the little matryoshka doll fabric works so well with the linen - now I have to see where mine is and do one of these.

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  3. Love it, Jennifer! I've been wanting to make these as a thank you for friends of ours who were extremely generous with our shower gift. I just didn't know exactly where to begin. Now I do!

    I love the pocket. Nice touch. :)

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  4. Good Morning Jennifer, how could I not be excited- your topic is the flavor of the week, or perhaps month ...MUG RUGs...yeah...YOUR tut is perfect...now if we do not have hundreds of blogs showcasing MUG RUGS I will eat mine..(figuratively speaking of course).Your photos are perfect and I noticed there a name or two of some guilty culprits ....mmmmm lol. You are an absolute delight and I am sew pleased you walked in the door that was clearly opened for you...OHHH a new Mug Rug is coming ...I can feel it ..wink

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  5. this is so beautiful! thanks for this tutorial!

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  6. That is a fabulous Mug Rug. I love the pocket....what a fantastic addition.

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  7. Very Cute! I like it a lot. Think I am going to make myself one, and maybe a few as gifts...
    Thank you for the tutorial
    Elzaan

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  8. This is so fun, Jennifer! A great gift idea!
    ; )

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial! I'm getting ready to make a pile of these, and it's so nice to have directions instead of having to make it up as I go!!

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  10. Great post. I've been wondering how these are made as i want to make some. Love the pocket idea.

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  11. I love this! I especially love the pocket for a tea bag, a cute little gift idea for Christmas.

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  12. Love it! I love mug rugs and That Girl...that Quilt has an awesome blog! Thanks for featuring her!

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  13. Ooooo! I love your idea for a mug rug...and the pocket is PERFECT!! I am a total tea drinker, a hot beverage usually in the shadow of those caffe lovers, but I won't be in the shadow with one of THESE!! Great idea and fab tutorial!

    In stitches,
    Teresa :o)

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  14. So I think I'm finally going to make me some mug-rugs! They ARE cute and practical, something I normally shy away from! Thanks for the tute - I'm going to give it a go! xo, Nan

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  15. Wow! What an adorable, little mug rug to sit your tea or coffee on! I love it!

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  16. Awesome tutorial, the pocket is just darling :) Love it, as always, Jennifer!

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  17. What a great idea! I love the creativity on this site! Great job. Would love to rest my mug on this:)

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  18. What a wonderful yet simple gift idea. I plan to make one not only for friends but for myself! Thanks I plan to come by for a visit on your blog.
    Gmama

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  19. Great idea. I love the pocket. Great choice of fabrics.

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  20. Wonderful piece and I like the idea of a pocket. Wonderful gift idea.

    Debbie

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  21. Love it, Jennifer! So cute and useful!

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  22. Love the idea of the little added pocket. Thanks for the quick tutorial!

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  23. How clever! and the name fits,,,Mug Rug.
    What a wonderful gift!

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  24. Those are adorable.I love the little pocket for the spoon or sugar or even another tea bag.Very cute.Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Cute, cute! Great idea to add the pocket.

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  26. What a cute idea for gifts and for oneself! I think I will have to make some for the Alzhiemers coffee fundraiser next year! My friend runs one at University of Guelph in Guelph Ontario and this year I made some insulated cup sleeves for your takeaway and travel mugs for coffee and tea. I got the pattern on one of the quilting magazines sites. All People Quilt ???? I need to wake up more and finish my coffee to get my brain fully awake!!

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  27. I love mug rugs!!! Thanks for this wonderful tutorial! I love the idea of having a little pocket!!

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  28. I just found this blog and I love it. I've been looking for quilting blogs to follow and now that I've found you I am thrilled. I am new to quilting and enjoy reading about other's patterns and experiences.

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  29. i've made mug rugs before but never with a pocket... thanks for the tutorial!

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  30. Love it! These will make great little gifts!

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  31. Thank you for the inspiring tutorial! The little pocket is a stroke of genius. Such a neat gift idea!

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  32. Love it! Thank you for sharing. I'm currently making a mug rug, I think I'll add a pocket ... what a great idea!

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  33. OY - so cute! Great job and I will be 'pinning' this! It would also be a great tutorial to add to www.seamedup.com!

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  34. I love the pocket touch on the mug rug! You have such great fabric as well. I liked the tutorial.

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  35. Thank you for such a great tutorial! I am going to try my hand at this project for a mug rug swap. :-) And I'm now a new follower to your blog.

    http://educatorssoliloquy.blogspot.com/2011/03/what-heck-is-mug-rug.html

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  36. I was looking for mug rug ideas & came across your website. I make things to give as gifts or for our children's department. I LOVE the Russian doll fabric & your mug rugs. Way to cute & pretty!!! Thanks for sharing your ideas.
    Susan

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  37. Thanks for such a clear, practical tutorial! I've never seen a mug rug I didn't like, and adding the little pocket is a super touch.

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  38. Wow amazing excellent piece of work.I love your creative work keep it up.You are great inspiration...

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  39. Loved your mug rug tutorial! Featured it in a round up: http://www.patchworkposse.com/blog/2013/05/mug-rug-pattern-with-ufo-quilt-blocks-52-ufo-quilt-block-pick-up/

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  40. thank you , it seems easy to do i might try it tomorrow

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  41. Thanks so much for sharing the mug rug. I wanted one with the pocket and appreciate the instructions and being able to download a pdf version of it too.

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  42. Thanks so much for the mug rug and tutorial. I was looking for one with the pocket and appreciate the instructions and being able to download as a PDF file.

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