Scrap Fabric Mug Rugs
This past month I participated in a mug rug exchange at a local quilt group I attend. After digging around for a little bit, I realized that I had more than enough fabric in the scrap bin to make something with.
That’s the beauty of the mug rug. They are small and simple and don’t need a super ton of fabric.
Plus, they are done in no time flat!
Today I thought I’d share how quickly this can be made using your fabric scraps and if you have a bit hanging around– they would be fun to sew together a few sets for swaps, trades or gifts!
This also because of how it’s sewn up will be a Quilt as you Go technique. Great project to learn this one! This means that when you are stitching down the front, the back is quilted as well– all you have to do to finish it up is trim and bind.
scraps – I chose mine in the same colorway….blue. They were mixed batik fabrics– one more printed than the other.
batting 9″ X 6″
backing 9″ X 6″
Mug Rug Tutorial using Scrap Fabric:
1- gather up all your scraps and iron them well
2- Layer your batting in between the two pieces of backing fabric
3- Lay your first piece of scrap along the bottom edge of the backing piece
4- Lay the next piece on top- overlapping the edges 1/4″
5- Carefully lift the pieces and using a glue stick or fabric glue to tack them into place
*you’ll notice that because of the shape of the pieces I made them into a rounded sun shape…or almost like a dresden plate shape. The center has a big space missing! This is covered up with another layer of scraps
6- Continue layering until you are happy with the placement and design
7- Stitch just inside the edges of the pieces. Notice that I didn’t go over the top of the small circle– no biggie. I didn’t want to disrupt the straight line quilting. Also- I kept with straight line quilting, but you could easily to a meander machine quilting on the whole mug rug.
8- Trim up the edges of the mug rug. You’ll have a large enough piece to cut it down if needed.
9- Bind the edges of the mug rug and you are finished
For more projects for using up your fabric scraps–
Not sure what to do with all those scraps? Check out Storing Fabric Scraps for help and ideas!