It’s that time of year again when I start to think about making Christmas presents. I like to be organized. Last year I wasn’t, as we went to visit our son and my brother in New Zealand for a month and ended up having about two weeks to sort Christmas and, frankly, that’s not for me.
So, I’m starting my first presents today and I’ve decided on some mug rugs or coasters. I’m not sure where I got the idea from initially but they really appealed to me as they are basically just mini quilts. I love making quilts and a mug rug miniature version would be far quicker and easier to do. I’m making my mug rugs smaller than the ones I’ve seen online but bigger than a coaster would normally be – just big enough for a mug of coffee and a biscuit. These could be made in different sizes and used as place mats and coasters for a dinner table.
First, I cut out a rectangle of wadding in the size I wanted for the finished mug rugs and two rectangles the same size in cotton fabric for the front and back. For my applique (you don’t have to put an applique on it) I chose a cupcake and a cup and saucer. I drew rough templates on paper and then cut the individual pieces out of cotton fabric.
Then I stuck the pieces to my mug rugs’s fronts so that they would stay in place as I sewed. I used an iron on ‘Bondaweb’ but you could use any temporary fabric adhesive. My sewing machine has a really good stitch to attach applique which looks like a hand sewn blanket stitch, but today I decided to use a zigzag stitch around the edges of the appliques.
Next, the fun bit; the quilting. Using a long stitch and my walking foot, I stitched around the edges of the appliques to make them stand out a bit more and then sewed some random, slightly wavy lines. Much easier than straight, evenly spaced lines and you really can’t go wrong!
For the binding I cut a long strip of fabric about 6 cm wide ( it wasn’t necessary to cut on the bias as the edges of my mug rugs are straight) and folded it in half lengthways and ironed it. Matching the raw edges, I pinned the folded binding to the edges of each mug rug front and sewed it about 1 cm from the edge.
Lastly, I folded the binding over to the back of the mug rugs and, again, using my walking foot, top stitched around the very edge of the binding being careful not to catch the binding on the front of the mug rugs.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that the binding on these mug rugs is not my finest work (I am usually very fussy with my corners) but I think they’ve turned out quite well. The first of my Christmas presents finished!