Is it a mug rug?

Good morning everyone!

What a glorious sunny day it is here in the North East of England. I hope you are all well and that crafting is keeping you happy. For me, it’s just been work, work, work these last couple of months so I’m very pleased to be back here with my crafty friends at last.

I finally had a day off yesterday and decided to finish a little project that I’d started weeks ago. Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I don’t like scraps of fabric. If I make something, I cut the pieces in the most economical way and often achieve no-waste projects. It takes an awful lot of planning but the pleasure I get from having used every square inch of available fabric makes me very happy.

So, not having any particular project in mind, I decided to get rid of a few scraps. I had several strips of blues leftover from bindings so I split them up the middle and began to sew them together not knowing what it was going to turn into. Before long I had two different rectangular blocks that I thought would make a nice mug rug or maybe a mini quilt table topper.

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It is actually rectangular in real life Smile.

Well, just before the binding was sewn on I had a brainwave (which doesn’t happen to me very often). My tablet could do with a case! So I turned it over, grabbed some more scraps, made a lined pocket and HEY PRESTO! It’s a tablet case Smile.

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I also added a fabric tie.

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Look at that wobbly edge at the bottom. That happened because I stretched the front block as I was attaching the lining Sad smile. I used nice thick wadding/batting to protect the screen.

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I think I like the back the best.

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Here’s my tablet, all snug as a bug in a (mug) rug Winking smile

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Some of you may remember my previous scrappy playtimes. Here’s a quick reminder.

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All proof that you can make it up as you go along. Have fun scrap busting! I did Smile.

Avis x

Quilt as you go mug rug tutorial

This is my favourite way to make a mug rug as there is no need to quilt it at the end.

You will need:

Backing fabric 11 x 9 inches

Wadding 11 x 9 inches (you may wish to use heat resistant wadding but do not use polyester wadding as it will melt onto your iron)

Five strips 8 x 2.5 inches

Binding 48 x 2.25 inches, folded and pressed in half with wrong sides facing.

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Lay the wadding on top of the backing fabric.

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Position the first strip, right side up, about one quarter of an inch from the right

hand edge.

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Sew in place using a quarter inch seam through all three layers.

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Turn the work so that the strip is positioned to the left.

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Lay the next strip on top of the previous strip with right sides facing.

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Sew a quarter inch seam through all layers down the right hand side of

the strip.

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Lift the second strip and press towards the right.

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Like this.

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Place the third strip on top of the second strip with right sides facing.

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Sew a quarter inch seam through all layers down the right hand side of

the strip.

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Lift the new strip and press to the right.

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Continue until all five strips are attached. Then sew down the right hand

side of the final strip.

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Then sew along the top and bottom and trim all the way round to make a

rectangle.

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Line up the raw edges of the folded binding strip with the edge of the mug rug.

Leave about 3 inches before starting to sew a quarter inch seam down the side.

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Stop sewing one quarter of an inch before the first corner.

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Pull the work away from the needle area of the machine. There is no need to

cut the threads. Turn the work to this position.

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Lift the binding and finger press in this position. The fold should make a

45 degree angle and the raw edge should be in line with the right hand side

of the work.

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Keeping the fold in place, bring the binding down in line with the next raw

edge of the work.

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Continue to sew from the very edge of the work to the next corner and

repeat until all four corners are done. Stop sewing about three inches

before the finish.

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Overlap the ends of the binding strip and cut so there is a half inch overlap.

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This bit is quite tricky! Sew the ends of the binding, right sides together,

using a quarter inch seam.

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Finger press the seam open then continue to sew the rest of the binding

to the mug rug. Turn the binding towards the back of the work.

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Hand stitch the binding to the back, folding to make the mitred corners.

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Ta-da!

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Just testing Winking smile

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I’ve also made table runners, toppers, cushion fronts and place mats using

the ”Quilt as you go” method. It also works well for small jelly roll strip quilts.

If you want some extra challenge….use diagonal strips, maybe of different

widths.

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