Wintertime Mug Rugs


Mug Rugs are a cross between coasters and placemats. They’re just big enough for a cup of hot cocoa and several cookies! During our November Quilting Circle, Karlene showed our group the basics of constructing a mug rug. Click here to read her blog post and to see a Dresden Plate mug rug design.

I decided my friend, Julia, who loves to sip tea each morning, could use a mug rug or six. Why six? Because her hubby and children also like to follow her tradition, and they love cookies! I used scraps of “Ho Ho Ho Let It Snow” fabric designed by Nancy HalvorsenĀ to make the cheerful mini quilts. As Karlene instructed, I cut batting 6 1/2″ x 8 1/2.” And I cut backing 8 1/2″ x 10 1/2.” I cut rectangles and strips 6 1/2″ long of various widths and sewed them to the backing, quilt-as-you-go style. I turned the backing to the front and machine stitched in place as a simple “binding.” Then I added straight line quilting 3/8″ away from some of the seams.

I plan to send them to chilly Indiana soon with a box of hot chocolate, some mini marshmallows and a cookie mix. Won’t Julia and her family love the gift?


8 thoughts on “Wintertime Mug Rugs

  1. Pingback: Marie’s Mug Mats | abyquilts

  2. I love these. I have a hard time getting a nice binding on the fold over from the backing. Going to get one of my bee-buddies to help me figure it out. Thanks for sharing your process on the mug-rug project. Great way to use up those smaller “bits of batting” I have collected.

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