Tuesday, March 22, 2011

tutorial - selvedge mug rug

 
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.

You now have an 8" square, quilted mug rug!

- 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!!

xoxo Angela

64 comments:

  1. Wow Angela I love it - so so cute!!! I'm glad I'm saving my selvedges!!

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  2. So cute! i must start saving all my sevedges!!

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  3. So, so cute! You did such a great job explaining your technique! :)

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  4. Ok, I think I'm going to make one today. :) You had me at the selvages!

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  5. Sweet! I keep meaning to add rounded corners to a quilting project. I love the look!

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  6. adorable!!! I've been giving all of my selvedges to Amy (during quiet time Amy) but she's not getting them anymore!!! :) the rounded corners are such a nice touch!

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  7. very cute! love the selvages and the rounded corners! I'm putting this on my list for the next time we need new potholders!

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  8. Oh, I love this! And I'm so jealous of your green wall flower fabric (man, I wish I'd started quilting before this went out of print!).

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  9. So pretty. You know I have never really saved my selvedges.... maybe I need to! Love your colors, too :o)

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  10. This is so cute! I'm gonna start saving my selvages now!

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  11. That would make an awesome pot holder.
    You know I am not a quilter/crafter...so selvedges mean little me. But...I can appreciate the work that it takes to make each creation. The process described above makes sense to all you crafters. For me it is overwhelming. Haha...but then again...it is the threading of the sewing machine that I am frightened of. So...that doesn't leave much hope for ever making anything huh. Haha!
    Love the close up pic of you sewing your first two pieces together. Nice shot!

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  12. Very, very nice! I'm going to start saving my selvedges, too. Great explanation on how to make mug rug. Thank you.

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  13. This is lovely, and thrifty too! It's good to see something slightly different from the usual rectangular MRs. Jxo

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  14. Lovely mug rug. I love the rounded edges. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  15. Very Cute! Thanks for a great tutorial! :)

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  16. I like your mug rug. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  17. What a darling idea... I must begin saving selvages now. I love the idea of quilt-as-you-go. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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  18. Love the rounded corners and the aqua color on this one! Very cute!

    MGM

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  19. Love the fabric that looks like a writing sample... Where can you purchase it? Great mug rug, I have a small stash of salvage edges....just started collecting a month ago and wanted to use then... I think a mug rug and a pin cushion will be my next projects...Thanks

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  20. Very cute! This may be the project for me to try out rounded corners.

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  21. Great tutorial! Now I know the reason why I sometimes save selvedges - great idea and you make it look simple. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. I am totally blown away at how this looks...created from something that routinely gets thrown away! Not any more, not in my sewing cubbie! Thanks for sharing - this is just beautiful!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. It is perfect! Now I need to *gasp* start saving my selvedges!

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  24. Really beautiful fabric selections!

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  25. I am in the process of making one right now!!! I just wish my computer was right in my sewing area - although, I can use the exersice and getting up and down really works the backside!! This is just so much fun!! I was woundering if I should just stop colleting these selvages, since I was not using them - and now, I have a Christmas gift idea for all my crafty friends!! THANK-YOU!!!! This is fantastic!! (I also have been wanting to make a mug rug, and this is my first one!!! yeah!!!!

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  26. selvedges AND rounded corners! yay! Lovely Tute Angela x

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  27. oh this is so cute - and since I'm on a selvedge kick I have got to make one!

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  28. So I now know how I'm going to use that alphabet fabric--a mug rug for my desk at school!

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  29. Very nice ... something so simple but yet elegant ... I've never even considered keeping selvedges before ... I will now! I'm loving these x

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  30. This is lovely! I haven't done anything with selvedges or rounded corners and this is a great way to start! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. I have a set of selvages put aside for just the right mug rug project and this is it! I have never made a mug rug. Tomorrow just happens to be my day off so I will get right to it tomorrow. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. this is great, Angela! I love the rounded corners. I'm off to sort through my bag of selvedges. Thanks for the lovely project. Cheers, Jan in Victoria, Australia.

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  33. So cute! My selvage basket is overflowing. Time to start using them!

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  34. Thanks so much for this tutorial - I was able to sew one quickly and easily tonight. Great gift idea!

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  35. Well, I have mine done!!! LOVE IT!! Thank-you for giving me something to do that is productive and totally useful, plus it was ALOT of fun!! Since I have never done anything with my saved selvages, I got to use a 'new' material for a project. And I have been wanting to make a mug rug since I first heard of them and I accomplished that today too!!! Nice way to spend a snowy day!!! (and that has to stop too!!!)

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  36. So cute, Angela! I love the tutorial and the quilt as you technique! What a fun project!

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  37. i love this mug rug {i have seen so many lately} and the fabric you used on the back is fabulous. thanks so much for sharing...

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  38. I love selvedge projects! I've just started to keep mine so have a way to go before I have enough for even a mug rug.
    I also wanted to let you know I linked to your tutorial from my Mug Rug Swap page: Mug Rug Swap
    If you'd like to join in that would be awesome! Thank you so much for the tutorial!

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  39. I'm incredibly jazzed about your post. I learned a few things about general quilting that save time and make a whole lot of sense. Thank you for sharing!

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  40. so pretty angela, love this so much. I will definitely have to start saving more of my selvages. :)

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  41. Ooooh, gorgeous! Is this the project I can use all those selvages I've been saving for no reason on?? Thanks for the tutorial.

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  42. Sooooo pretty!!! I love love love it!

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  43. I have been saving my selvages this will be a perfect first project!

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  44. What a clever mug rug - thanks for the tutorial:)

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  45. That owl is looking at us like we woke him up. I LOVE this! Thanks for making it look so easy as usual.

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  46. Just wondering...do you get together with friends and sew?? Looking into a few ideas and wondering if people do it more on their own or if they like to get together and be creative...

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  47. Oh I would love to try this rounded one, thank you somuch. I love the back of your mug rug. Wherever did you find that fabric. My daughter is a teacher and I have been looking for something like this for months...thanks so much

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  48. Aw, this is so cute. I might just have enough selvedges to try this, and I love the rounded corners :-)

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  49. agree with everyone. you did a fantastic job explaining your technique. i love the top stitching. nice!

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  50. Cute mug rug and a great tutorial!

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  51. I like the rounded edges...very nice!

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  52. Thanks for the tutorial! I have a few selvages lurking in my sewing room... Gail If you pick my name as the winner, just leave a comment on my blog!

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  53. This is totally adorable...thank you so much for the tutorial x

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  54. Just stumbled on your blog and am so happy I did! This is such a great idea! And to think I've always just tossed the selvage in the trash. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I look forward to reading along and seeing all your wonderful quilting projects! I sooo wish I knew how to make a quilt. Maybe one day!

    Blessings,
    Hana (the MomTog Diaries)
    www.hanalynchphotography.com

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  55. This is so cute. I really want to do some smaller projects soon. I've only done quilts, but would love to try a little mug rug and work on refining my skills (I'm still new to quilting). Thanks for sharing these wonderful and fun tutorials!

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  57. awesome. potholders, here I come!

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  58. LOVE that coaster! I am making 3 dozen for Thanksgiving!

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  59. Woooooeeere! Thanks for this wonderful tutorial! I'll definitely make a selvedge mug rug soon!

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