Monday, June 10, 2013

Making Mug Rugs and Wraps

I love making mug rugs and wraps of all kinds, shapes, and sizes! Make them from scraps, make them to match other quilted accessories you own, or give as gifts, and you have wonderful co-coordinating accessories!

I made for my household use, and one for the car and I'm ready to go with a hot cup of coffee, or tea at any given time!

Making a mug wrap is as easy as.......

1. Select your fabrics, thin fleece or interfacing liner, a piece of velcro.....and of course, your travel or regular household mugs for creating your pattern!

2. Creating your custom fit mug wrap is simply taking a piece of interfacing, wrapping it around your cup or mug of choice, marking the cutting lines, then cutting it to fit! I like my ends to overlap for velcro fastening placement, later.

3. If you want 'flip and stitch' patchwork, start with a center piece of fabric, then simply add pieces of fabric to any and all sides, one by one in any style or fashion, you want!  After you stitch one piece of fabric on, iron it down and add another one!

(If you are beginner, or only like easy projects... just use one piece of fabric for your front of your wrap and one for your backing!  That works, too!)

4. Once your top design is complete, add a section of interfacing behind it and you are ready to quilt the top to the interfacing middle section.

5.  You can use any style of free motion quilting or simple sew next to the seam lines on the front, as I have!

6. Now you have a quilted to interfacing front and all you need to do is add a piece of backing fabric, cut to your own front pieces size to create the finished shape. You stitch all around the edges, but you have to be sure to leave a small section open for turning the piece inside out!!!  Don't forget to leave the opening!

7.  Now flip the mug wrap inside out and there it is!  Pin your edges down for top stitching and be sure to tuck in the raw edges of your little opening under, as well.  Top stitch the entire piece around the edges to keep it shaped nicely.

8. Try the finished piece on your actual mug for sizing, note where you want each piece of velcro to attach and which side of which end you want them to overlap the two sections of velcro on...


...........and you're done!  And then it's time to make more! Patriotic shown below:

 And new ones to match new bags and purses!

And and of course, I make mug rugs! Here are a few of the ones I have created. I'm always sewing new ones but don't always remember to take their official portraits!


And then!
Free Mug Rug Ideas, Tutorials and Patterns:
Accuquilt Go Mug Rug
Appliqued Mug Rug Tutorial
Basic Quilted Mug Rug
Butterfly Mug Rug
Christmas Star Mug Rug
Christmas Tree Mug Rug
Cottage Mug Rug
Dresden Wedges Mug Rug
Fly Away Flying Geese Mug Rug
Gallery of Simple Mug Rugs
Halloween Mug Rugs (Pumpkin & Black Cat)
Heart Shaped Valentine Mug Rug
Hexagon Log Cabin Mug Rug
Hexagon Mug Rug
Hexie Mug Rug
Lady Bug Mug Rug
Mug Rug At Sneezerville

Mug Rug Hugs
Mug Rug Madness (on Flicker)
Mug Rugs On Flicker

Oval Mug Mat
Patchwork And Applique Mug Rug
Pumpkin Mug Rug
Reversible Rug Mug
Round Mug Rug
Scrap Busters Mug Rug
Scrappy Squares Mug Rug
Scrap Mug Rug with a Pocket
Scrappy Color Mug Rug
Scrappy Stack Mug Rug
Scrappy Tree Mug Rugs
Selvedge Mug Rug 1
Selvedge Mug Rug 2
Split Stitch Simple Mug Rug Tutorial
Spring Kite Mug Rug
Star Mug Rug
Stripey Egg Mug Rug
Time For Tea Reversible Mug Rug
Under The Umbrella Mug Rug
Valentine Mug Rug
Valentines Day Paper Pieced Mug Rug
Valentines Day Rotary Cut Mug Rug
Wonky Starburst Mug Rug Tutorial
Ziggity Mug Rug From Quilt Dad

Here's a few mug rugs to consider:
50+ free patterns: Hearts and Valentines
40 Free Mug Rug Tutorials from The Quilting Library other tips and tutes:
Tea Time Mat: free pdf pattern download).Little Bits:
Top Pocket Rug: Time For Tea: the word “tea” appliqued on one side and a cup & saucer on the other (free pdf templates).
Mug Rug Tutorial: One side has strips of fabric on a diagonal and a block of pretty fabric on the other side.Basic Quilted: Finished size is about 6″ x 9″ and features free-motion quilting.
Oval: Includes a free template to download (pdf) Scrappy Stack: Quilted, finished size is about 10″ x 7″ and made with assorted strips of fabric
SimpleReversible Java Rug: Made with a jelly roll (or other 2.5″ strips),
Easter Bunny: Includes a free template download for the bunny (pdf). At Home Mug Rug: Charming “house” made with scraps of fabric that is adorned with decorative stitches and bits of lace and trim.
Umbrella Mat: Top of mat features an umbrella with a background stitched with embroidery thread for raindrops. Free template download Wonky Starburst:
Valentine Heart-Shaped: Quilted heart shaped patchwork embellished with a bit of jumbo ric rac. Free pdf download (tutorial).Scrappy Color Block: Top is made with 9 scrap pieces in assorted colors, a fat quarter (in a neutral solid fabric), backed with batting and fabric.
Quilt Block Design: Top of mat features one side in patchwork (using a traditional quilt block design) and a quilted panel on the other side.Mug Rug Tutorial:You’ll find the 2nd part of the tutorial here (for binding).
Scrapbusters: Semi Dresden Design:  Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced sewers.
Pieced Star & Hexagon: A 6-pointed star design in a hexagon shape, finished size measures approximately 9″.Little Cottage: Includes a free template to download (pdf), basic instructions provided.
Woven Fabric: Made with a jelly roll, a fat quarter, binding fabric and cotton batting. Tutorial via free pdf download.Template: Pieces are cut (8) then assembled and sewn together, lined with fusible fleece, quilted then trimmed with bias tape.
Selvedge: Quilt as you sew with this cutie, features round edges and trimmed with fabric cut on the bias.Moustache: There’s a template you can download with four different moustache designs.

 Buzzinbumble and lovely leaf coaster rugs!

Free patchwork and quilting pattern: star mug rug. © Stephanie Boon, www.DawnChorusStudio, 2013 Free oak leaf mug rug pattern, © Stephanie Boon,, 2013
Free patchwork and quilting pattern: the hexie mug rug. © Stephanie Boon, Orange peel patchwork and quilting free mug rug pattern © Stephanie Boon for
Mug Rug Madness (on Flicker)
Mug Rugs On Flicker

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in her Liberated Quilting Challenge and make and donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!


The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Thank you Michele for sharing your 'secrets' - awesome mug wrap! My mugs have been naked too long...think I will give this a try.

Angie said...

These mug wraps are wonderful. Thanks bunches for the tutorial. :)