Gifts for friends are hard to find. They should show how much we appreciate this person, show that we thought of them while getting the gift, that we know their interests and what they like and last but not least they shouldn’t be to expensive.
Quilters have an advantage here as everybody likes to get a handmade gift from us. But large quilts, wall quilts, jackets and even bags are time-consuming and need a whole lot of fabric. So these items are for the very special people in our lives.
But what about all those others that we really like? What about the quilting buddies, the favorite teachers of our children or the friendly neighbor who waters our plants when we are on vacation?
Why not make them a mug rug. They are always welcome. And they can be made as easy or as elaborate as you wish. You can give them away together with a packet of tea or coffee.
For this mug rug draw the snowman, reverse it and trace the different parts on the paperside of fusible web. Cut out the parts, fuse them to the background and satinstitch around each part. The right part (for the cup) is strip-pieced. Join the strips lenghtwise, three of each color, sew them together and cut them at a right angle to the seam. Remove the one square you don’t need by carefully undoing the seam and joint the strips, offsetting the colors of the squares. Sew the two parts together, layer them and quilt as desired. Bind with the snowman fabric.
You could even do a mug rug with a matching sleeve for a mug.
For the mug rug sketch the part with the tree. Cut apart so that you have the different pattern pieces and draw them on the fabric. Don’t forget the seam allowance. Join strips for the tree. Sew the parts together. Join strips for the right part. Join the two parts, layer, quilt and bind.
For the sleeve join strips until the sewn fabric reaches all around your mug, minus the handle. Layer batting, top right side up and backing right side down.Take an elastic hair-band, make a knot in the middle and lay it between top and backing, in the middle of one of the short sides. The knot is on the outside so that you can see it, butted up against the fabric. Stitch all around the sleeve, leaving an opening on one of the long sides. Turn the sleeve through the opening and either close it by hand or machine stitch the whole sleeve around the perimeter. Attach a button leaving some space between the button and the fabric so that there is enough room for the elastic band. This is easiest when putting a match between fabric and button when sewing on the button.
Have fun producing mug rugs for all your friends. I would love to see pictures of them – please share them on our Facebook page.