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Fall Pumpkin Mug Rug Tutorial

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Mug rugs are great to play and learn with.  They are small in size, but great for giving a new technique a try.  These mug rugs will help you understand the Quilt as you Go technique.  Plus, there are 2 ways you can finish them.  Depending on what look you like the best (and how much time you have to finish- the pinking sheared one is super quick!)

Fall is in the air…. cooler nights, lovely sun sets, gardens are full.  I love seeing pumpkins on peoples front porches.  So big and orange!  Such a fun color that gets to pop out once a year.

It’s not a color that I have around my house a lot…so this time of year is extra fun when the orange gets to come out to play.

pumpkin mug rugs tutorial

There is NO template.  Pumpkins are round…so cutting the corners to a curve really works pretty well.  As you can tell from the image above, I chose to do the stem at the top of the long edge on one and the center of the other side on the other.

They can be tall pumpkins or short -long ones!  You can play around with it and choose for yourself.

The main thing you need to watch out for is that the batting and backing are the same size.  I’m thinking you could go pretty big…and make it a table topper!

pumpkin mug rug quilt as you go technique

Grab your orange fabric and let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

orange fabric scraps

batting- 8″ X 10″

backing fabric – 8″ X 10″

pinking shears

brown/green – pumpkin stump

heatnbond lite

fusible basting spray

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Fall Pumpkin Mug Rug Tutorial~

1)  Layer your backing and batting- use fusible spray to make them stick together

basting spray

2)  Using your fabric strips and scraps, sew them on the batting side.  Use the quilt as you go method for this.

quilt as you go technique 1

3)  Continue the process until the whole batting is covered.  You may even randomly add fabric that covers other pieces….it makes things more interesting!

quilt as you go corner piece

4)  Turn the piece to the backside and trim around the edges

trim the block

5)  Quilt the top– I used my sewing machine foot guide to help me keep a specific distance from the seam.

quilt the block

6)  Trim the corners so they are round- pumpkins are rounder!

round the corners

This is where the tutorial splits into 2— there are 2 different methods for finishing.

Method 1 finishing the mug rug~  Binding

1)  Cut your binding 2 1/4″ and bind the edge of the mug rug.  Using a bias piece is the best as it goes around the curves just a little easier.

bind the edges

2)  Using heat n bond lite– fuse a pumpkin stump shaped fabric to the top of the pumpkin.   Buttonhole stitch around the edges to secure and stitch some scrolly things just for fun.

button hole stitch around the edge of the applique

You are finished!

pumpkin mug rug with binding

Finishing Method 2-  pinking shears edge~

1)  Using heat n bond lite- fuse a pumpkin stump shaped fabric to the top of the pumpkin.  Zig zag stitch around the edges of the stem

2)  Cut your pumpkin shape you’d like.  You can see that the sides when down to the base of the stem

cut the pumpkin shape

3) Sew around the edge 1/4″ — I didn’t sew the stem as I had zig zag stitched prior

sew around the edge

4)  Using pinking shears- trim the edges.  Again, I didn’t do this on the stem part

use pinking shears around the sides

and you are done!

quilt as you go pumpkin mug rugs

Time to enjoy–

mug rug fall pumpkin

Add to your mug rug collection~

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Fall Leaves~


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5 thoughts on “Fall Pumpkin Mug Rug Tutorial

  1. Helen

    I absolutely love this … the pinking sheers one is just perfect for me.

    thank you

  2. Becky

    you are so welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Dorcas Holley

    I just finished 2 pumpkins, they were so easy, that is the pinking edge. I’ll be making several more mugrugs.
    Thanks so much for the pattern and tutorial. Fun, Fun!

  4. Becky

    awesome! Thanks for letting me know!

  5. Doreen Righter

    I keep requesting a password but I haven’t seen it in my email. Am I doing something wrong?

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