My Tutorials

I love tutorials so I thought I’d have a go at doing one. Now I’ve included photos of every step which is probably overkill but you’ll certainly get the gist of it.

Now this is how ‘I’ make mug rugs. I’m sure there are lots of different ways to do it, & there is no right or wrong way. I think the trick is to look around & choose the method that you like.
The first 2 rugs I made, I added separate binding, which I  found fiddly. The 3rd rug I decided to simply cut the backing bigger & fold it over. On that one, I stitched around the edge of the rug before folding over the binding but this time I thought if I put the pellon on glue side down I could iron the backing to it & save the sewing around step. It worked well. :-)
MUG RUG #1
I looked for a standard size but they vary.
I settled on 9” x 6” finished.
Here’s one I prepared earlier:
mugrug
MATERIALS
a range of fabrics you love
Iron-on pellon, medium-weight not light-weight
threads to match
fabric
First I choose a feature fabric.
fabrics

Then I choose fabrics to match.
strips

Cut a strip from each fabric.
They should be between 1 1/2’ & 2” wide.
They vary in length, the longest for the centre strip is 9”, then 8”, 6 1/2” & 4 1/2”. If you have more or less strips these measurements will vary.
You can cut your strips as you go, so you can check how long they need to be.
pellon
Cut a 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” piece of iron-on pellon.
The standard thickness, not thin.
Draw a line, 3 1/4” from the right side on the side of the pellon that DOESN’T have the glue on it. 1st
Lay your longest strip across the ‘square,’
right side up.
2nd
Lay your 2nd strip right side down on the first & stitch.
Pins are optional.
seam allowance
Stop stitching once you are approx. 1/4” past the line you drew. You will trim the excess later.
flip
Flip the sewn piece over & finger press in place.
3rd
Keep adding strips until you’ve covered that side.
4th5th
Add strips to the other side.
6th7th1st trim
When covered, trim the fabrics & pellon back on 3 sides. It should now measure 6” x 9 1/4”.
side trim
Turn your work over & fold the pellon back.
edge trim
Trim the excess fabrics back, making sure the edge is perpendicular to the other side.
trimmed edgeside piece
Cut a 4” x 6 1/4” piece of your feature fabric & sew it to the edge of the stripes.
flip side
Flip the fabric back & trim any excess so the rug
measures 6” x 9”
backing
Cut a 10 1/2” x 8 1/2” piece of backing fabric.
Centre the rug on the backing & pin in place.
The glue side of the pellon is now against the backing.
iron
Turn the rug over & iron a section where there is no pin, to hold it in place. When it is lightly attached remove the pins & press well.
trim backing2
Turn back over & trim the backing back to 1” all around the rug.
 BINDING
corner
Cut a 5/8” square our of each corner to cut back on the bulk.
binding2
Turn the binding in half, then half again over the front of the rug. Pin in place.binding3
Turn the corner over 45 degrees.
The pin is so I could take the photo as I didn’t have a third hand. :-)
binding4
Fold the hem in half.
binding5        
Finally fold it over again & pin. You might have to fiddle a little to get a neat corner but it doesn’t take long.
Hand stitch the binding in place & enjoy your mug rug.

MUG RUG #2
This mug rug is even quicker & easier than the first one I did the tutorial on.
b & w finished
Cut a 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” piece of medium weight iron-on pellon. Cut strips of your chosen fabrics 6 1/2” x anything from 1 1/2” to 2 1/2” wide.
b & w 1st
Lay the pellon glue side DOWN.
Lay your first strip on the pellon.
b & w 2nd
Lay your 2nd strip of fabric on the 1st, right sides together. Stitch.
   b & w 4th
Flip the 2nd strip over & continue adding strips in the same way until the pellon is covered.
Trim the rug back to 6” x 9”.
Cut an 11” x 8” piece of fabric for your backing.
Centre the rug on the backing & pin in place.
Turn the rug over & iron to glue the pellon to the backing, remove the pins.
b & w backing
Turn back over & bind as shown on the original tutorial.
(I’ve reposted it below).
b & w mug
BINDING
corner
Cut a 5/8” square our of each corner to cut back on the bulk.
binding2
Turn the binding in half, then half again over the front of the rug. Pin in place.binding3
Turn the corner over 45 degrees.
The pin is so I could take the photo as I didn’t have a third hand. :-)
binding4
Fold the hem in half.
binding5
Finally fold it over again & pin. You might have to fiddle a little to get a neat corner but it doesn’t take long.
Hand or machine stitch the binding in place & enjoy your mug rug. :-)finished
finished mug

3 comments:

Sandy at Cookies and Cream Craft said...

Hi Jan, Love the tut! Never thought of doing the mug rug as a "quilt as you go". You've done very well with the photos, etc. Can I hire you! *grin* Want to ask what pattern that cute little owl is at the top of your blog, too?? Have a great weekend, Jan!

Carol Moss said...

Yes, I was wondering about the owls, too. Is there a pattern?

Jan Quigley said...

This is the link to the owls on my header:
http://juicy-bits.typepad.com/juicy_bits/2009/12/131-give-a-hoot-for-the-holidays.html

& here is the link to some other cute owls I found. They are bigger but could be done any size:
http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-felt-owl.html

cheers, Jan