October 14, 2014

DIY Mug Rug

So Karen, from Baking in a Tornado, and I decided to do another post together! YIPPEE!!! Her post is about birthdays and a DELICIOUS Cream Cheese Toffee Cake

Anyway, I was trying to think of something to link into birthdays. Hey! What about a DIY gift??? And mug rugs seem to be all over the place these days. Perfect!!! Only, most of those mug rugs look kinda hard to make. Well, maybe not if you're a quilter (and I am not). Soooo, this is MY version of a mug rug, the quick and easy, non-quilter method. No cutting a thousand little bitty pieces (I don't know how quilters do it). All you need is a zigzag stitch! ;)

What I Used :

Some big scrap pieces 
Some smaller scrap pieces
An acorn pattern that I drew and cut out
Ribbon (from BB Crafts

Step 1 

These pieces are your main body. 

They are about 7" by 10".

You will need 2 for the front and 1 for the back.

Step 2 -

This is the pattern that I drew and cut out. You are welcome to save and print it. If you blog about it or sell anything please remember to mention this blog. ;)

Step 3

I cut out the acorns in complimenting fabrics. 

I made 2 mug rugs so I cut out 2 acorns. 

Step 4 

Now, pin your acorns to BOTH of the front pieces.

This gives it a little more stability and strength. 

Some people use stabilizer but *I* don't think it's always necessary. In other words, I have never used it when appliqueing and I haven't had any problems. 

Step 5 

Set your zigzag stitch to the closest setting and stitch all around both pieces of the acorn. 

I used a bar stitch and added a stem to this one. I forgot to do it to the other one. :/ 

Step 6 

With right sides together, pin the front and back.

Sew just the short ends together!

Step 7

Turn right side out and press.

Zigzag the long ends.

Now, top stitch the short ends. 

Step 8 

Fold your ribbon over the zigzagged edges. 

Pin in place and sew along the edge, attaching it to the main body.

                           ALL DONE!!!!!!!!!

Now you have a beautiful mug rug to give as a birthday present (or maybe to just enjoy for yourself). 

Let me know what you think!

If you have any questions, please, feel free to ask!

Don't forget to check out Baking in a Tornado's AWESOME Cream Cheese Toffee Cake. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!!!! 

                        HAVE FUN SEWING!!!


  1. I love this Mug Rug, what a great gift. I think I need to plaster the desks in this house with Mug Rugs so my kids stop leaving rings on all of the furniture!

    1. LOL!! Thanks!!
      It hasn't helped here a bit!! They will even sit their drinks RIGHT BESIDE the mug rugs instead of on them! I don't get it... SIGH....

  2. Acorn Pizazz Mug Rug, or
    It takes a nut mug rug

  3. I recently made a couple of mug rugs using this tutorial. I changed things a little based on my preferences, but they have been a hit. Thank you so much for posting it!


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