Monday, November 1, 2010

Scrappy Tree Mug Rugs!

I am LOVING the Simply Fabulous mini quilts popping up all over Bloggy Land, otherwise known as Mug Rugs! Whatcha think? Way cute huh! Here's a tutorial on how I made some.




HERE WE GO!
I start off the same way with all my Scrappy projects. Grab a bin, turn it on it's side at my work table and start pulling the pieces I want to use.



I chose these greens and gave them a quick pressing.


I needed narrow strips/scraps. So after pressing them, I used a ruler and rotary cutter to trim the scraps into 1 1/2" widths.






After I cut a nice pile of strips. I sewed them together, then pressed the seams in one direction




I made a template in the shape of a tree. I placed it on the pieced strips and cut around it.


{update 1/24/11} this template is no longer available. And I gave these mug rugs away. I no longer have the measurements for the tree. SO sorry... guessing and looking at photos on the tutorial, I would say the bottom of the tree is approx. 4" across and approx. 5- 5.5" tall }

Here is my little pieced tree...

{the photos and my instructions are for sewing more then one tree at at time. You can totally make trees one at a time. If you have smaller scraps for your background pieces, making them one at a time would be perfect.}

Now for the background. If you have strips in your scraps or stash that are about 2 1/2" - 3" wide. Use em. Otherwise cut some strips about 2 1/2" - 3" x WOF (width of fabric) for your background.

My background is a White on White Snowflake. Sew the strip to one side of the tree, leaving about 1" between trees.


Press like this:



Then cut like this:


Your trees should now look like this:


Now trim the top as shown:


Sew the other side of the tree to another strip as shown in the photo. Again make sure you leave about 1" between each tree tip. (see photo)


Press as shown:


Now use your ruler like you did for the other side and trim the right side of background fabric.

Then you can sew the bottom piece of the background.


Using a quilting ruler, cut the tails and extra fabric off, and wah lah! A cute scrappy tree block!
Tree Blocks

I decided to use the extra pieced strips, a scrap of red with snowflakes, and my tree block, to make a Mug Rug..
Piecing together the top

I have made several Mug Rugs recently and have decided that I really like them around 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". Have you made a Mug Rug? What size do you prefer?

Top of Mug Rug

I grabbed another scrap for the backing;
Ready to Quilt

Did a little quilting and Wah Lah! A cute and cozy little Mug Rug for a mug of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or milk, and enough room to set your cookies too! If you make a 5.5" x 8.5" rug, you'll need approximately 32-36" of binding. I have been cutting my binding at 2" in width and really like it. These were made with 2 1/4" width.

I originally used some Insul-bright for the first Mug Rugs I made. I wasn't crazy about it. Now I just use my scraps of my batting. It's a GrEaT way to use up those little batting scraps!

And looky! I remembered I had this way cute tree fabric in my stash. So I made some trees to match for the front of the Mug Rug and used the tree fabric for the back.

(This tree fabric is from Riley Blake I think the line is called "Be Merry")

Making these mini quilts is SO addicting! The possibilities are endless! Tomorrow I'll share some Inspiration with you. I've found all kinds of Simply Fantastic Mug Rugs out in Bloggy Land to show you!


K. Off you go! Create! Can't wait to see your Mug Rugs! Oh yes. Please do share. Remember I have a flickr group set up for us to share all our Scrappy Projects!




62 comments:

Plum Cox said...

How cute! Now I want to stop what I'm _supposed_ to be doing and make mug rugs instead..... thanks for sharing!

joliesjunebugboutique said...

Love the mug rugs! I really like the Riley Blake one! So cute!
I have made a few, I like them because they are small and help me with my quilting and binding! I am new to quilting, so every bit of practice I can get I will take!

Meerkat said...

Wonderful tutorial thanks!

Cindy said...

Your tutorial came just in time! My guild is going to make mug rugs for a gift exchange next month. Thanks so much! I'm sending everyone your way!

Linda said...

Oh what a great Idea. I'm going to try this one out today. Thanks!

Kathleen Grace said...

Thank you for this tutorial Jodi! I am so excited to see this, love the scrappy trees and now I know how to make some myself!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Jodi:
Thanks for your sweet tutorial! I've been wanting to try mug rugs, and now you've inspired me! Hope you have a creative week.
xoxo
Donna

Sarah Craig said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I need to make a bunch of these, and at least now I won't be starting out from scratch, making it up as I go!

Madame Samm said...

Oh jodi...I love the green one with the red stripe..now these are wonderful and your tut..perfect...pst...when you can drop me a quick line will you?
blessings ms

A Plain Path said...

Adorable!! What an awesome tutorial...thanks for sharing.

Wendy said...

Brilliant thanks! I think even I've got enough scraps for this one- I love your aqua coloured ones!

Needled Mom said...

Sew cute!!!!

PunkiePie said...

I took the plunge and made my first mug rug this weekend. My daughter liked it so much she wanted one for herself "just like Mama's" so I made another. Mine is a bit long and skinny but I don't mind at all. I plan on making more. I love the Riley Blake one with the simple straight line quilting. And your trees are just too cute!

Nedra said...

What a great way to use up scraps!

Brenda Kula said...

Love the idea of mug rugs! And yours are so adorable with the trees.
Brenda

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I love your mug rugs. I have some smaller ones, but I like your size better. I will have to make some of these as gifties, I certainly have the scraps for it.

Anina said...

Brilliant Jodi! My desk always have coffee rings on it. Maybe one of these will help.
Your scraps are lovely, by the way.
I'm jealous.

Denise :) said...

I'm so in love with these!! Cute, cute!! :)

Kim's Treasures said...

Super cute! You are good! Thanks for sharing!

Erin @ two more seconds said...

Mug rugs are so addicting! I love them too. I need to start digging thru my overflowing scrap bin and find some reds and greens to make a cute Christmas one!!

Julie Phillips, aka Julieloveslucy SCS said...

Your mug rugs are adorable! I made one last week, it is a paper pieced bird and it turned out really scrappy and cute but the binding is not so cute, so I'm keeping it for me and making some more with hopes of better binding!

Hugs
Julie

Tamera said...

How cute are those?????

Guess what everyone's getting for Christmas????

Lee said...

I have not made any mug rugs. But I am going to try theses. An early start on some holiday gifts. Thank you so much for the tute!

Anita said...

I love them, thank you for the tutorial!

maritza said...

gracias por este tutorial tan interesante. Un beso

Anonymous said...

What a great idea. I have a wood table and everytime we have people over for coffee, I have to pull out the huge table mats. Never can enjoy the wood. So, now all I have to do is actually make these (I love to procrastinate) and it will be a wonderful way to coffee

Kathee

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've been seeing them too. I love the idea of a mug rug. Bigger than a coaster and smaller than a placemat. perfect!

AnnieO said...

Really adorable! I like the smaller size for my sewing desk and desk at work, but this size would be great for the coffee table or end table. Great tutorial!

Heartsdesire said...

Those mug rugs are way cute. A perfect hostess gift for Christmas, or any time really.

VickiT said...

It's funny how the same thing can be made so many different ways. I belong to a large number of machine embroidery groups and the mug rugs from those groups are actually done as a design. That's a bit misleading to someone that might not have an embroidery machine. What I mean is that the "design" is actually an 'in the hoop design' for our machine which runs on the embroidery portion and it tells us when to add strips of fabric and the before finishing there is on some, an embroidery design that's stitched out and the batting and bottom/back is placed on as well then a satin stitch done all the way around the rug. BUT, the ones in those groups are also a square rather than the larger ones I've been starting to see in the quiting and sewing groups. I'm starting to think I like these larger ones more because you can set something else next to the mug like you have shown in the pictures. Thank you for the tutorial.

Wilma NC said...

Sweet!!!!

mamabug said...

SO VERY CUTE!! Thanks for sharing :)

Becky said...

I have made lots of coaster sets - some pieced others not - but had never thought about making 'em wider so your cookies would have a spot! I now know what to make my Aunt for Christmas!

Phannie said...

Those are great. I'm going to make some to join in with my Christmas decor. But I was wondering, do you buy the binding or do you use other fabric for your binding? Really I've never used it. I don't even know how to bind a quilt like that. I kind of make up my own edges. And they work wonderful, but I like the way the binding looks. How do you do it?

Polly said...

Really clever idea! they are just too cute! Thanks for sharing! Polly

beth said...

Wow - these are awesome! Can't wait to make some.
Thank you!

Sherry said...

Your mug rugs are just adorable! Thanks so much for sharing. Gotta make some of those for sure.

Hands Sew Full said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I have been seeing these all around blog land to but haven't had the chance to figure out how make them yet so this really helps!

Jennwith4 said...

Very cute! I just made my first mug rug today! Not a Christmas one though. I'll have to make a bunch as gifts it was very quick to put together and quilt. You can see mine on my blog at http://sewingthestressaway.blogspot.com
Have a great day!

CraftyMummy said...

So cute! And your piecing instructions are really clear - thanks!

Allie said...

Very fun, cute trees!

sabine33 from France said...

GREAT !!!! I JUSTE LOVE THE IDEA !!!
Thank you !!!!!!!

Terrell said...

Cannot get enough of how cute these are! Way to go, girly! I'm so excited to be your newest follower of your sweet blog and I would love to have you as a friend at Frou Frou Decor! Be sure to link up to my weekly party ~Fabulous Friday Finds~ Hope to see you there!
Hugs,
~Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor~

Carol said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Now I am in a quandary - do I make the Christmas presents I was originally planning or do I switch and make a bucket load of mug rugs .... decisions .... decisions :)

designer rugs said...

Awesome captures! These handmade rugs are so beautiful, I would like to appreciate such hard work.
Thanks for such adorable post.

Sue said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial. I quite fancy a bit of quilty instant gratification this weekend....I think I've found it!

StitchinByTheLake said...

I made one from your directions today - thanks so much! blessings, marlene

manos de chicureo said...

Te felicito, està muy lindo y muy bonita idea. Rápido y fácil de hacer. Gracias por el tutorial. En algún momento seguro que lo hago y lo regalo con un mug.
Un abrazo,
Yasmin
www.patchworkmipasion.blogspot.com

Kerrie said...

I just love these! Can't wait to try some! Thanks!

crickets said...

How inspiring! I've got to get moving on my scrap pile and make me some blocks!!!! Thx so much for posting those pics :)

Das Quiltmonster said...

Hello, even over here in Germany the "Mug Rugs"-fever has started... And I hink you made a great tutorial and your little rugs are very nice!
Many greetings from Regina / Germany

Peggy said...

I made some mug rugs and put them on my blog. I have finished 5 of the 12 that I made. You really gave me inspiration. I gave you credit for them too. Thanks Jodi.

ABamaMom said...

These are some of the cutest mug rugs I've seen! I was looking for a tutorial to make some for a "Dirty Santa" gift! These surpass my expectations! Can't wait to get started!

Connie said...

Really love your Christmas tree mug rug and tutorial! Just made my first one and will post it in your flickr.

karenfae said...

Is the term "mug rug" protected by copyright or can anyone call them this - -- where did this originate do you know?
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Shelby said...

Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial! I stumbled onto your site looking at the photos of your work room and next thing I knew, I was heading my mine wanting to try this out. I have never quilted before and had to look up some info (like how to do the quilting and binding) and I'm just tickled with the end result!

Aloha, Jo said...

Am I late to the party? Couldn't comment until after I finished 50 of the little guys and set them out for my work mates Christmas thank yous. They loved them and so do I. Aloha, Jo

Debbie said...

I'm in love with your mug rugs. So far the best I've see on the Net and I've been looking for two weeks now. Your tutorial is one of the best I've see also.
You've inspired me to get hopping on those scraps of mine and get busy sewing mug rugs.
Thanks so much for lighting my fire.
I will try my best to post them to my blog when I'm done.
I'm off to get shower and then head to my machine.
Thanks for sharing.
Debbie

Kathy MacKie said...

I am totally hooked on mug rugs and love yours too!

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure I have the stomach flu but I am doing everything in my power to stay at my sewing machine. I am ADDICTED to these mug rugs.

Colleen said...

WOW!! I am really impressed. I just love this. Thanks for sharing.

Coffee Break Whatever said...

I have just got hooked on making mug rugs. I was wondering if you could share what you use for batting? I have tried a thin, dense batting but that is borderline to stiff. I have tried baby receiving blankets, but the stupid things constantly shrink...even after 4 pre washes and once used in the MR...and washed..it shrinks the mug rug too! But the blankets are borderline to thin! Thanks for anything y ou care to share!

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