Mug Rugs

When I first heard of mug rugs, I had no idea what they were.  Now I love them and have decided to make one for myself.  This is it.  It is a rug for my mug, tea-cup, glass, etc.  If you are new to the idea, you are probably wondering, like I did, what makes this different from a coaster?  Well, let me tell you.  A mug rug is slightly larger than a coaster but smaller than a place mat.  It is the perfect size for a mug or tea-cup with a little room on the side for a snack! 

Sadly, I do not have any snacks in my house that were cute enough for photographing.  The granola bar just didn’t look right.  So, I guess I need to get some snack “props” for future pictures.  Here is it with one of my vintage tea cups and saucers.  Cute right?

And here it is with my royal wedding bone china cup. 

I created this by cutting 2 1/2″ squares of coordinating fabric.  Then I used some of the squares for a 9 patch block.  On the right, where you would put a treat, I used a different fabric and pieced three squares together.  Then I had some fun with my GO! Baby cutter and cut a bird out and used heatnbond to adhere it.  I think for future projects, I will applique the bird or other shapes on, or get the heatnbond that I can also sew through.  This is too thick and stiff for my tastes, but it is a good first try.  Then I sewed on honey bun strips of 1 1/2″ fabric for the border.  I tried the turning out method instead of using a binding, but I think that next time I will use a binding.  I think I’ll like the look of that better.  The back is made from the green polka dot fabric from the front. 

I think I’ll use this one in my craft room.  It looks cute next to my sewing machine.  Now on to make some more to sell on my Etsy site.  I am extremely low on my inventory. 


2 thoughts on “Mug Rugs

  1. Erica, What a great idea. I have never heard of mug rugs, but they are sure cute, and look like they would be really handy. I like the bird on them too. Will be great for your Etsy site.
    Happy crafting

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