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Easy Maple Leaf Mug Rug

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Hi! My name is Ula and I blog over at Lulu & Celeste. I like to share the things that I sew and create for (and with) my two little girls, Silly Bean, aged 5, and Miss V, almost 2. Mainly up to this point, this has involved pattern testing and blog tours which have been fun and have helped me learn new sewing techniques.

I’m also going to be starting a new series on my blog featuring interviews with creative Canadians in the near future.

I originally made this maple leaf mug rug as tutorial for for a fall themed mug rug. Today I’ve modified the project slightly to make a Canada Day themed one instead.


This maple leaf coaster is a pretty quick project to make and is a good scrap buster as the top doesn’t need much fabric.


Felt: 2 sheets of wool blend or Eco-fi (although I prefer wool blend felt)
Fabric: 1 fat quarter each red and white
Scissors, rotary cutter
Thread, sewing machine, etc

Maple leaf template: Download and print the leaf template. The maple leaf template is available through Craftsy, if you don’t have an account it’s free to sign up. Or you can go leaf hunting and trace around a found maple leaf.

Finished project is approximately 7″ x 7″

Maple Leaf Mug Rug Instructions:

1)  Cut two strips of red fabric 3″ wide by 7″ long, and one strip of white fabric 3″x7″ as well.

2)  Right sides together align long raw edge of one red piece to the white strip. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Repeat with other strip of red fabric so that your white piece is in the middle.


3)  Press the seams towards the red pieces and top stitch down.


4)   Cut out the leaf shape, pin to your pieced fabric, trace and cut out.


5)  Pin your leaf-shaped fabric right sides up on top of two layers of felt. Don’t cut the leaf shape out of the felt yet. Felt can shift a lot while sewing it, so it’s easier to wait until it’s sewn together before cutting out the leaf shape.


6)  Optional: You can quilt the three layers together but it’s not necessary.

7)  Using a tight zig-zag stitch, stitch all along the edge of your leaf shape. (If you want you can edgestitch along the fabric leaf shape first.)
Now you can cut it out! Using a sharp pair of scissors cut out your leaf. Trim any threads and voilà! A leaf shaped mug rug (or coaster if you prefer)!

Note: Felt will shrink if you wash it so I recommend spot cleaning only.
This project could easily be changed up: print the image out smaller and create a coaster, print it larger and make a placemat! Change the fabrics up and make leaves for all seasons. Don’t like maple leaves, trace a different leaf shape, or use a different shape altogether.
Hope you enjoyed this project! Come visit me at Lulu & Celeste and say hi!
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8 thoughts on “Easy Maple Leaf Mug Rug

  1. Anne Weaver

    Awesome!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow tha links to your tutorial: –Anne

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