If you’re looking for easy sewing projects for beginners, this Fabric Mug Rug tutorial takes less than one hour to complete and uses minimal supplies.
Easy Sewing Projects for Beginners: Fabric Mug Rug Tutorial
Mug rugs have been around for years, but recently this quick and easy DIY sewing project has been gaining momentum.The reason is because it uses minimal supplies and the design options are endless.
Crafters love them because they are small enough to use up excess fabric scraps, beads, yarn, and other decorative bling.
They’re also great to make as gifts or to keep for yourself.
But that being said, some folks have never heard of a mug rug. Simply put, mug rugs are a cross between a table runner and a coaster. They protect wood surfaces but are large enough to handle a large mug and/or a small plate (think snack or pie plate) much like a mini quilt.
Moreover, mug rugs vary in size, almost any shape, and can have as much detail, or not, as the crafter or quilter wishes to include. Some mug rugs offer embroidery or fancy stitching, while others are tied, like a handmade quilt.
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What is an essential must for mug rugs is that they are easy to care for and well-made for years of use.
How to Make a Fabric Mug Rug
To start, you want to decide upon the size of your mug rug. I’d suggest starting out with either a square (9 x 9 inch), rectangular (9 x 7 inch) or a circle (9 inch diameter) for your first try.
Here is a circle fabric mug rug. You can see that it measures approximately 6 inches diameter.
Regardless of the shape, you’ll need a two pieces of fabric (one for the top and bottom), along with batting that are all cut in the same design and the same size.
To sew, place the two fabric swatches right sides together and the batting on the bottom of this stack. Pin together.
Choose a thread that matches your fabric and sew around the outside of the circle using a straight stitch, leaving a 1/4 inch edge.
Also be sure to leave a 2 inch opening so that you can turn the fabric right side out. See below.
My trick for smooth sides is to use pinking shears around the perimeter of the circle, being careful not to cut into the sewed seam.
Then carefully pull the fabric out of the opening and smooth by hand and iron flat.
To finish, flip the opening fabric in and finish sewing a straight stitch 1/8 inch around the edge of the entire circle.
Then, you can either leave it as is, add some stitching or quilting–whatever you wish!
And, that’s it!
Now, here are some pics of more ways to make fabric mug rugs. Keep in mind that you can also finish them off in a variety of ways.
As you can see, I’ve completed a couple of mug rugs in the way described above, also, I finished some using double fold quilting binding and mitered corners and even Ric Rac Trim. Notice, too, that I’ve added some special touches by quilting the pieces and using decorative stitches. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!