Thursday, September 22, 2011

mug rug madness [a tutorial]

Have you all been following Mug Rug Madness: Holiday Edition over on Erin's blog, Two More Seconds?? It's be two weeks jam packed with fun mug rug tutorials and today it's my turn! :)
When Erin first asked me to be a part of Mug Rug Madness I have to admit I was a little nervous. Why is that?? Because I had never made a mug rug before!! Yep, that's right. Over 10 years of sewing and quilting and this is my first time in the mug rug department. Can you believe it?!?!
The lovely folks at Fat Quarter Shop are actually sponsoring this lovely Holiday edition of Mug Rug Madness and my fabric is called Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater. It's a fabulous collection, with some adorable fabrics in traditional holiday colors. And while it's not my normal style, I LOVE it!  
Because this fabric line leans more on the traditional side of things (as far as fabric lines are concerned) I began brainstorming what I wanted my mug rug to look like. Now, keep in mind...this was my first ever! :) So because I was working with traditional Christmas themed fabric, I wanted to keep my design pretty traditional. The answer??? A snowball block!  And thus, the Snowball Mug Rug. 
Snowball Mug Rug
6 1/2" x 10 1/2"
You will need (use your scraps!):
3 -- 3 1/2" squares
12 -- 1 1/2" squares
3 -- 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
scraps for a 1 1/4" border
~40" of binding
8" x 12" scrap for backing
1.) Pair 4 of your little (1 1/2" squares) with one of your 3 1/2" squares.  Following the picture below, place fabrics right sides together.
2.) Sew from corner to corner on each little square.  Press and trim corners.
3.) Repeat with the other two 3 1/2" squares.
4.) Lay out your mug rug and sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance. 
5.) Add border (I cut mine 1 1/4"), quilt, bind and DONE! :)

Thanks, Erin, for letting me play along! :) I had a blast making this mug rug and I see why making these little guys can be addicting!


xo, Megan


  1. Very cute! This would make a fun teacher gift for my son's teachers.

  2. Hi Megan! That is really great mug-rug! I just made also my first mug-rug but I couldn't think yet Christmas and made 'Summer in Finland'!
    Have a lovely time!

  3. Cute! Love those little snowball blocks.

  4. This is really cute! I'm new to quilting and don't have any Christmas scraps, now I wish I did!


  5. This is adorable! Thanks for the great tutorial :)

  6. What a fantastic mug rug! Those snowballs work well with that fabric. Thanks for the tutorial.