Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mug rugs.......

I looked up several tutorials to come up with an average size for a mug rug but it looks like anything goes.  This one was made from these leftovers.  This one is 8" x 5 and 3/4"
I don't drink coffee and rarely drink any hot drink so I might use mine for my chili mug.
By the end of the day I had made 10 mug rugs.  One was a disaster so I learned what not to do.  It's on the bottom of the pile in the last photo on this post.
I had enough of the braid patchwork from many, many years ago to make 3 mug rugs.  They are 9 and 1/8" x 6 and 3/4".  The fused hearts are cut with my Studio cutter with a Go die and adaptor.
I guess this can be considered 2 pairs of mug rugs.  They aren't exactly the same piecing but have matching binding.
 I wanted to try this diagonal striped Kaffe print as a binding but it seems a little busy.
Here are all 10 of them.  The bottom one is the disaster.  I tried the method of folding the backing around to the front for a binding but it is wobbly looking.  I thought I had taken a photo of it but I guess I didn't.  I used the same  purple, black, and white patchwork as I used on the journal cover the day before.






32 comments:

Jackie said...

Wow... 10 a very productive day and they are all fabulous!

The Calico Cat said...

O.K. you've piqued my interest...
(I've seen your snow shots & have read about your adventures in snow removal...)
"I don't drink coffee and rarely drink any hot drink"

What is your beverage of choice? (Especially after the aforementioned snow.)

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

What a lovely idea, they turned out great! I want one too!

Ivona said...

Hi, great mug rugs, I like the fabrics :-)

Gene Black said...

I have never had success with folding the backing around to bind. To me it always looks amateurish.

Mary said...

They turned out great, Wanda. We are still having the occasional 70 degree day here. I can't imagine living where you do and not sipping on hot drinks.

Sewing Junkie said...

They all look great. I need to do something like it to for a Christmas gift for my neighbors. They are hard to buy for. You can use them for candle rugs also. Chris

Debbie said...

The rugs look great! I make all sizes and we use a couple larger ones for "soup bowl" mats. I mainly just use a smooth edge finish with no binding for the smaller ones. Also read about your winnings....the fabrics are great. More stash!

HollyM said...

They will make nice little gifts to brighten up someone's day. Also, they are a nice way to play with fabric combinations and techniques.
My friend does all her bindings by wrapping to the front and machine stitching. Hers are very neat but I know mine would not be.

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

Beautiful mug rugs, I like them all. Congratulations on your winnings, it was a win-win day for you!

Karen H said...

They are beautiful! Will they be Christmas gifts? I thought about making mug rugs for my co-workers for Christmas, but felt I would need to explain to them what it was, so I decided against it.

Susan said...

I love them all, but I especially like the ones made with the Kaffe prints!

Diane said...

fantastic-9 out of 10 pretty good, I'll bet the disaster ain't that bad. Love the fabrics in them all.
oh you make me want to go sew a bunch of these...it has nothing to do with the fact that I really must clean today...gag. ;)

Sheila said...

Your mug rugs are gorgeous. Don't give them away. Keep them for yourself.
Congratulations on the win.

Needled Mom said...

Those are fabulous! You really had a productive day.

Laura said...

Wow, you really cranked out a lot of those yesterday! They look great! Even the "disaster" one :-). I think I will have to make some of these for Christmas gifts next year using some of my orphan blocks to start. Might like cute slicing and dicing them into the size I want.

Char said...

I love your mug rugs. I have 10 to make today. My sister and niece will give them to coworkers as Christmas gifts. I enjoy making them. I think of them as little quilts and use them to audition ideas for larger quilts.

Maria said...

Well done Wanda. They make great little gifts. Use my next to the computer all the time.

I always do the binding to the front on these and any quilts that get washed a lot.

Connie said...

What great mug rugs Wanda! We'll be calling you the Mug Rug Queen before long! The braided patchwork one are so neat!

wackywoman said...

They are wonderful. Each one.

Belinda said...

Well, they are just w-a-y too cute Wanda!!! It's nice to start AND complete something in the same day isn't it!!!

Ok, so did you 'hand stitch' the bindings down after the 'fold over to the front' episode?

Terri said...

OMG! Wish I was half as productive as you are. Love your MRs! Your color sense is amazing.
Happy Christmas Hugs!

Stephanie said...

Of course I like the striped Kaffe ones best, but they all turned out great. Was gonna make a bunch for family last year but my sister (also a quilter) beat me to it, so now I have one from her on my desk and one on my sewing table... they are lovely to receive as gifts, as well as to make.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Great looking mug rugs (bottom one that you don't like aside).

I've done post card size, PQ size, and full size - but only one "mug rug" made with leftovers from a PQ.

One of these days . . .

Ali Honey said...

Lovely bright fabrics. They are delightful. I am making some too.

May I suggest with the one at the bottom of the pile you don't like that you use your rotary cutter and simply cut off the offending binding all the way round and rebind with a seperate new fabric binding. That way it isn't wasted.
( you might want to put in a row of stay stitching to hold the ends from coming undone, while you rework.)

callie brady said...

I made a few of these as gifts once with a chicken theme. I think I will make some with a Christmas theme for gifts this year. Thanks for reminding me about them.

Cathi said...

Wow -- you had a VERY productive day!! They're fabulous!

Lynne said...

They are lovely!

Muddling Through said...

They all look wonderful to me!

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

I am going to try to get some of these mug rugs done yet. I want to give ea. of my girls some along with a mug. I hope I get them done.

Love your winnings in the previous post. I am trying to win the lavender she has today! Cross your fingers for me. :)

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Those are great, I love your mug rugs! The first one I made was kind of a disaster, too. :-)

Beth said...

The mug rugs look great!!! I've been reading all your posts lately, and I am finally caught up!!!