Hi there! I'm happy to share with you a mug rug tutorial and a giveaway. This mug rug features two things I love - selvedges and rounded corners. This is a fun method of sewing that allows you to quilt as you go. Let's get to work!
- Gather your fabrics. I used an 8 inch square of batting, a fabric scrap that is larger than the batting (mine is from Timeless Treasures), Kona Aqua for the binding, and a bunch of selvedges.
- Iron your backing fabric and place it right side down on your work surface. Spray baste the wrong side of this fabric, and layer your 8" square batting over top. Gently smooth out the batting. Trim off the extra fabric so that you end up with an 8" square.
- Place a small scrap fabric in the bottom right corner of your mug rug (approx 2 inches wide). Do not use a selvedge here because you will not see it later on!
- Working your way from the right to left, audition your selvedges. Arrange them with the selvedge end on the right. Allow the selvedges to overlap the cut ends of the fabric by at least a 1/4" - 3/8".
- Once you are happy with your arrangement, trim off excessive overhang (anything over a couple inches). This allows your selvedges to be more managable while sewing.
- Transfer your selvedges to your ironing board in order and give them a good starch and press. Stack them up in the order you will sew them. The top of your pile should be the first scrap piece you started with (mine is the blue and green argyle print), and the bottom should be the last selvedge in the opposite corner (which is the red/white stripe in my case). Transfer to sewing machine.
- Pin your first scrap piece (which should be on top of your pile) onto the bottom right corner of your mug rug. Layer your first selvedge over top. It should overlap your scrap piece by at least a 1/4" - 3/8".
- Top stitch this selvedge. Keep in mind, you will be stitching through your selvedge piece, your scrap piece that is underneath it, your batting, and your backing fabric. Hence, you are quilting as you go!
- Grab the next selvedge from the top of your pile (selvedge is always on right, cut fabric edge on the left), layer it over the previous piece by at least 1/4"-3/8", and sew it down in the same manner. Continue doing this all the way across your mug rug.
- When you are finished sewing down your selvedges, this is what your mug rug should look like from the back. Use the outline of the backing and your ruler to trim off the extra selvedges.
- To create your rounded corners, flip your mug rug over so the back is facing up. Using a cup/glass as your outline and a marker (mine is water soluble), trace a curve onto each corner. Cut along those marked lines with your scissors.
Now your mug rug is ready for binding! Using fabric cut on the BIAS, sew your binding onto your mini quilt in your preferred method. I like to machine sew mine to the front of the quilt and handsew it down on the back.
Please note - if you do rounded corners, bias binding is a must! It creates a lot of stretch that allows the binding to give when you sew around those curves. If you don't use bias binding, your quilt will not lay flat.
So there ya go! A cute mug rug.
Now for a giveaway! If you would like a chance to WIN this selvedge mug rug or one of the others that are featured during Mug Rug Madness, head on over to Erin's giveaway post and leave a comment there. Good luck!!