Monday, April 9, 2012

It's a month in the kitchen and look on this holiday monday we have Helen and her mug rug.

Having just returned from a teaching trip around Europe last night I am sorry if this post is a tad late…( editors note....never too late for you...surprise Monday) 

But, all travel aside here is a little project for your kitchen goodies theme that I was able to very quickly put together for you in this post…
This little project is a teaser for the Quiltaid program which you may have seen in the popular Quilten Zo magazine from The Netherlands. A little mug rug or coaster to match the Quiltaid blocks in our 2011/12 programs. Please take a minute to visit the websites to see what our Charity program is all about.
In the meantime have fun with this!

Sweet n Simple

Coaster or doiley
(C) Hugs ‘n Kisses 2011 All Rights Reserved
Coaster measures approximately 5 ½”

Please visit here to download and print your pattern sheet

Cut a square of background light coloured stitchery fabric 8” x 8”

Place the stitchery design onto a light box or window light source and place the background fabric centrally
on top. Trace the design elements using a ceramic pencil or similar. Trace the outer shape also but not the
dashed inner template shape (this is the stitching line when constructing the coaster).
Fuse a very lightweight batting or a stabiliser to the back of your stitchery panel.
Place your panel into a 6” embroidery hoop and stitch all of your marked lines using your chosen threads
following the stitches advised on the pattern sheet. I used Presencia Finca Perle #16 threads and a #7 Crewel
needle to complete my stitching.

Appliqué: using your preferred appliqué method, or my method below, complete the appliqué in the centre
of the stitchery panel, you have already marked the position for these pieces.

I used a gluestick appliqué method: trace each template onto Floriani Stitch n wash fusible. Cut pieces out
on the traced line and fuse to the wrong side of your chosen appliqué fabrics. Cut out leaving a small 1/8” seam
allowance. Run a line of glue around the edge of the Floriani template using a Sewline Glue pen. With your
thumb and finger press over the seam allowances onto the glued edge. You want to get nice smooth curves.
Once prepared use the Gluepen to position the appliqué pieces onto the background and stitch down using
a matching cotton thread, an appliqué needle and a normal blind stitch appliqué stitch.
Use a contrasting thread to stitch a running thread around the appliqué piece as shown on the design sheet.
Cut out your stitchery panel on the marked outer line. Place right sides together with a backing fabric and pin.
Stitch using a ¼” seam around the edges. Cut a small slit in the centre of the backing fabric taking care to cut only
the one layer of fabric. Clip curves and trim the points and turn the coaster through the slit to the right side.
Push out all seams well and press. Slip stitch the opening closed.
Position the large circle appliqué piece centrally on the back of your coaster covering the slit and stitch into place.
Stitch a running stitch ¼” from the outside edge using a contrasting thread to the front stitchery fabric to finish.IMG_1538
hugs for today,

Hugs ‘n Kisses


  1. Oh this is too pretty to put a mug on! It would have to be made into a wallhanging for me. Thank you for sharing one of your patterns and for being with us in your busy schedule.

  2. Sush a sweet coaster welcoming the day! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thanks for sharing... I may try it out xx

  4. Sew pretty and dainty. I agree it is too pretty to use for a dripping mug. I love the flowers.

  5. What a nice little surprise for our Monday. Cute little mug rug. Thanks for showing us and for the instructions.

  6. What a cute pattern....for a mug rug, coaster etc. Thank you so much for the tutorial..

  7. That is soooooooooooooooo adorable!

  8. SO glad I stopped by today! What a sweet little project - thanks so much for sharing this with us!

  9. What a great little tutorial. Helen, your mug rug is just the right size because I don't need too much room for cookies with my tea! Thank you for sharing this free pattern with us!

  10. What a pretty mug rug! It would make a wonderful gift for anyone who you 'care-to-share' with. Homemade gifts from the heart are so very special! Thank you for sharing your talent!

  11. Good morning Helen....likely late afternoon now for you.... This is a lovely choice for a dainty mug rug...thank you for your posting.

  12. So cute! I love the shape and the embroidery around. Thank you for sharing and the great tutorial.

  13. That might be one of the prettiest coasters I've seen. Thanks!!


  14. ok sew I'm having trouble getting the patten. I click on you link visit here and it just takes me back to your home page. :/

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