Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Turn Three Pretty Fat Quarters into 6 Mug Rugs

First, I cut 12 strips from the fat quarters (4 from each color). The strips were 2 inches wide by 22 inches long. 
Next, I stitched them together in a random order. 
Press the seams all one direction on the back side. Cut strips across 2 inches wide. I was able to get 10 strips.

Then flip every other one and stitch them together. The seams will nest together and line up, because you flipped them the opposite way. It will create a pattern with the colors of the squares. 
Then add 3 inch borders to all four sides. Press it.  Now, it is ready to quilt.

I used a bright green for the quilting.

I stitched our names on the corners of each little mug rug.

It says: Made by Joanne (my Mom) and Marcia 2012

Here's how I cut the six mug rugs from the quilted piece.

The approximate size of the whole quilted piece was 21" X 20".  The mug rugs are 7" X 10 ".

Can you see how you could turn a small quilt into several mug rugs?  
Remember my post about turning a small quilt into a tote bag? 

I love how the borders end up on all different sides of the mug rugs. Gives it a little artsy look, without even trying!

I choose a yellow daisy fabric for the backing fabric.  It is not the same yellow, but it blends nicely.

They are trimmed and ready for the binding!  I will use the daisy fabric for the binding.

My Mom will love this post, as she wanted me to make some mug rugs using the three pretty fat quarters that she bought for me.  Surprise! I finally made them last weekend, when I spent a whole day, just sewing fun little projects.  I quilted them at the end of my work day today.  I plan to do the binding this weekend.  

Mug rugs make great little gifts for your friends.

Enjoy your day and remember to take time to play!


My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

Marcia you are too clever! You are all about doing things so efficiently! Thanks for a great tutorial. :)

FabricFascination said...

Very cute mug rugs. I like the way you free motion stitched your names into each one.

sewyouquilt2 said...

great idea to make up a bunch of mug rugs for those on hand gifts you always seem to need.

Alison V. said...

What a fun quick project! Thanks for sharing!

Barb Neiwert said...

I love how you are so clever about saving time and yet able to make something neat! Thanks for the inspiration.

Judith said...

Great tutorial! Makes for great gifts when I forget in a hurry....LOL

Thanks for sharing, Judith, Texas

Belinda said...

Once again you have shown us something cool and interesting!!

Anonymous said...

Your mug rugs are super cute.

Gill said...

What a great idea!
Thank you!

Needled Mom said...

Very pretty and such a smart idea.

Rosemary Dickinson said...

You are so clever to think of this! I hope to try it very soon! These are great gifts!!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Cute, Marcia. You could do the same thing, only more FQ's, for placemats.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Such a fun way to make mug rugs. Much quicker to sew and quilt a large piece and cut it up then to try to quilt a bunch of little pieces.

This would also make a fun baby quilt.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

p.s. I also like that they coordinate but aren't all matchy matchy.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Lovely mug rugs Marcia, great idea! Thanks for sharing!

VickiT said...

Great idea Marcia. Love this. Thank you.

Vesuviusmama said...

What a great way to make multiples!

Carla said...

Impressed. I may have to try that method so I can get some completed. Yours are sew cute.
Thanks for sharing