Monday, April 9, 2012

Mug Rugs

A Mug Rug is an oversized coaster, perfect for a cup of tea / coffee and a snack, or a glass of wine and some crackers. What a great way to use up scraps or maybe an orphan block that didn't get used in the last quilt! Not only that, these 'rugs' are perfect to practise various quilting techniques without spending mega time on a larger project. You can practise free motion stitching, paper piecing, hand quilting, putting on a binding, exploration with colour . . . You get the idea. And - what great gifts!

There are several tutorials and patterns online just follow the links:
  1. The Curious Quilter has a basic quilted mug rug tutorial
  2. Tutorial from Ryan Walsh Quilts
  3. A stitched one from Hugs From Helen
  4. Inspiration mug rug photos from Poppy Print (scroll down)
  5. Quilted mat with pockets from the Sewing Web
  6. Wool Applique autumn mug mats from DMC threads
  7. Oval Mug Mat from Crafty Staci
  8. Mug Mat Ideas using paper piecing but I think applique would work too.
  9. Tea for Two from Sew Mama Sew
I tried to get a sample of the various types of mug mats / rugs. However I didn't include knitted or crocheted ones. You are on your own for those types.

This Mug Rug is the logo for Post Espresso Coffee Shop, 168 Water Stree, St. John's. I made this for my nephew, the owner. Check out the new opening hours. The other small mats were made for Christmas presents.

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