Mug Rug

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I made this mug rug for a friend of mine for Christmas and wanted to share how I did it.  I wish I had taken pictures of the different steps as I went along, but I was too busy fighting with my evil sewing machine (read all about her here).

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I started with a fat quarter of flannel fabric, but you don’t need nearly that much.  I just liked the design and feel of the fabric and wanted to have a variety to choose from (plus, to be honest, I envisioned myself happily sewing up a bunch of these.  Again, three words.  Evil.  Sewing.  Machine).

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I selected the fabric for the back and cut it to 9″ x 10″.  I then cut out a 5″ x 5″ square, a 5″ x 3″ piece to fit below the square, and three 8″ x 2.5″ strips.  I sewed the square to the piece that fit below it, then sewed each strip to that section.  After that was complete, I cut a piece of thin backing to fit the top of the mug rug and made a “sandwich” of the top, the backing, and the back, pinning the layers together.  I sewed along each seam, then folded the back of the mug rug over to make the border.  Finally, I stitched an X from one corner of the 5″ x 5″ square to the other, just to have a little extra quilting.

That’s it!  Anyone who has ever quilted will be quick to notice that the corners aren’t done the “correct” way, but this was a quick, rustic project so I felt okay about that.  (Besides, I couldn’t remember how to correctly sew the corners!).

These really are quick and easy, and if you’re looking for a last minute gift or like to have a few “just in case someone drops by” gifts around, I highly recommend them.  Adding an inexpensive mug and some cookies, coffee, and/or tea bag really makes the gift complete!

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