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Oval Mug Mat « I’ve been collecting one-inch wide stripes of fabric for the past couple of years.

Oval Mug Mat «

My plan for them is to make a rag rug, but these mug mats have been everywhere lately. It seemed like a good place to donate some of my stash. If you haven’t heard, a mug mat is more than a coaster, but less than a placemat. The theory is, it can hold your cup of tea or coffee with room left for a little pastry or cookie to go with it. It calls out to the girly-girl in me.

To make one, you’ll need this pattern and 1” wide strips of cotton fabric, each approximately 20” long. You don’t have to use 1” wide strips. Sew the strips together side by side with a 1/4” seam. Cut out the front and back (and sleeve pieces, if you choose), angling the pattern if you’d like the stripes diagonal. Stitch around the pieces, close to the edge, so the strips don’t come apart. To finish the edge, you’ll need about 30 inches of bias tape. Stitch all the way around the edge in the fold line. Flip over. Mug-Rug in a hurry! ((Free from me!!)) I’m in a hurry…..I’ve got to be to the car dealership at 8am to have Shamu in for some routine maintenance….and then after that I’m on my way to Columbia SC to see Jason!

Mug-Rug in a hurry! ((Free from me!!))

There was a ton of stuff I “SHOULD” have been doing last night, including packing, but I didn’t..because…well….you see there was this pile of crumbs. and the greens were playing so nice with each other, and the little strips and pieces of neutrals were just too cute, but small..and I was thinking of pitching them ((Yes I was!! But I did not!!)) And before I knew it…. Well, I had this idea for a cute little stringy strippy mug rug….and…well! It turned out SO. Before I even knew what happened I had layered it, pin basted it..and I was sitting down and dropping the feed dogs on my trusty old Bernina..and FREE MOTION QUILTING this thing! I haven’t free-motion quilted on a domestic machine in years, and let me tell you, it’s an acquired skill that needs constant up-keep if you are going to keep it!

Week 11 of 12 Weeks of Christmas - Penny Mug Rug » Notions - The Connecting Threads Quilt Blog. At Home Mug Rug Tutorial. I tried to go with something easy and fun to personalize!

At Home Mug Rug Tutorial

I love Zakka style crafts and definitely had this style in mind when I wrote this tutorial. These little mug rugs are quick to whip up. I think they would make great gifts for teachers (make it a school house), kids, grandparents, or anyone else who needs a little house for their mug! Supplies Lace, ric rac, scraps, or anything other trims you would like to decorate your house. All seam allowances are 1/4". 1. 2. These are your two pattern pieces you now should have. 3. At this point if you would like to add some trim at the roof line this is when I add it. 4. 5. 6. 7. 7. 8. Circle Zip Earbud Pouch Tutorial - Dog Under My Desk. I use a little zippered pouch to carry around my earbuds since they are the fancy microphone ones and I don’t want them to break or get tangled.

Circle Zip Earbud Pouch Tutorial - Dog Under My Desk

Some of you have commented that you are looking for some small, simple gift ideas. This is definitely simple to make, and a little more fun than the typical rectangular zippered pouch! I can see these as the perfect gift for teenage cousins or nieces or girlfriends or even teacher gifts. Fun, quick, and cute! It doesn’t take very much fabric so you could even use scraps! UPDATE: I have completely re-written this tutorial with twice as many bright, clear photos and more detailed instructions and it is available as a pattern in my pattern shop. First, download the pattern template HERE. Cut from main fabric: 1 circle 2 half circles 1 tab Cut from lining fabric: 1 circle 2 half circles Cut from batting (or medium weight interfacing, if you prefer): 1 circle 2 half circles You will also need a 1″ wide nylon 5″ or longer zipper. {Tutorial} Journal Covers. Journal covers make great gifts and are a super-fun way to use fabric scraps.

{Tutorial} Journal Covers

My tutorial is based off of this one by Jennifer Paganelli with a few modifications. Appearing here by popular demand! It's designed to cover a composition book, which measures 9 3/4" x 7 1/2" and has a nice firm outer. These are widely available at back to school time in the States or anytime at an office supply store. I buy the "grid rule" kind online via Staples, since graph paper is great for sketching quilts.