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Mug Rug

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Mug Rug


Fabric (6 or 7 different prints/solids)
Quilt batting (8x10”)
Printable fabric sheets for inkjet printers
Inkjet printer
Ruler, pins, scissors or rotary cutter and mat
Pattern download


  • Print words onto printable fabric sheets (follow manufacturer’s instructions).
  • Cut out fabric according to measurements on diagram. Cutting binding strip 2 ¼ x about 36”
  • Lay down your backing fabric, wrong side facing up and place batting on top..
  • Put custom printed fabric (or just regular fabric print/solid) about 1 3/4” from the left side and about 1 3/4” from the top edge; be sure it is aligned straight and pin in a few places. If this piece is crooked the whole thing will be crooked or not fit on the backing. *Optional Pocket: if making a pocket now is the time to add it. Cut fabric 3 3/4x3 1/2" fold in half, press and line up raw edges along the bottom and sides of (A).
  • Take (B) and lay it right side together along the top edge of (A) and stitch a ¼” seam.
  • Use a pressing cloth if you are working with polyester batting, it can just be a plain piece of cotton fabric; press (B) open.
  • Take (C) and place right side down along the (AB) edge, pin and stitch a ¼” seam. Press (C) open. YAY you are getting the hang of it!!
  • Place (D) right side down along the (AC) edge, pin and stitch ¼” seam. Press as you did above.
  • Line up (E) along (BAD) being sure that (BAD) is totally smoothed out with no wrinkles including the backing, and repeat above process.
  • (F) will line up along (CD) and G will line up with (F) stitch each and press as above.
  • With ruler and scissors or rotary cutter and mat trim edges so they are straight and corners are right angles; will be about 6 x 8”.
  • Take binding fabric, fold wrong sides together and press so that you have a 1 1/8” strip.
  • Pin binding along bottom (raw edges matching) start about 1 1/2” from the left corner with about a 4-5” tail (don’t pin down the tail just leave it hanging.
  • Stitch up to ¼” from the corner, miter the corner and then continue stitching a ¼” seam along the side and continue all the way around till you have mitered all corners.
  • Just after having turned that last corner and stitched about 1 ½” from the corner, cut threads and pull away from the machine.
  • Overlap the binding so that it overlaps 2 1/4” and trim excess from each end as necessary.
  • Open binding, right sides crossed stitch side to side so that when trimmed and folded your seam will be at an angle.
  • Pin remaining binding to the edge and finish stitching on machine.
  • Fold binding over the edge and whipstitch on the back with matching thread.


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