My Mug Rugs for a Swap

A group of Aussie quilting ladies on Facebook decided to do a Mug Rug swap.  I quickly googled “mug rug” and had to participate in the swap :).  We had to make 2 to send to a special friend and will be receiving 2 from a different special friend.  The mug rugs were quick & fun to make.  It allowed me to practice piecing, basting, quilting and binding in a much smaller scale.

My first mug rug is a Reversible Mug Rug made using this tutorial by Stitching by Starlight.  I was aiming for a mug rug size of approximately 6″ x 8″ so I modified the pattern slightly.  For my mug rug, I cut the following:

  • 4 strips of 2.5″ x 6.5″
  • 3 strips 2.5″ x 9.5″
Front of First Mug Rug

Front of First Mug Rug

Back of First Mug Rug

Back of First Mug Rug

For the binding, I used the single fold binding tutorial by Samelia’s Mum.

The fabric range I used for this mug rug is Fandango by Kate Spain.  Instead of using the word “java”, I appliquéd the letter “F’ for my swap person’s name :).


For my second mug rug, I made a Log Cabin Hexagon Block using Sewing Chick’s tutorial but with a much smaller starting hexagon piece.  I then added white fabric to make the block a rectangle.

Second Mug Rug

Second Mug Rug

For the binding, I used this easiest cheat binding tutorial by Pretty Prudent.

I have no details for the fabric I used for this block as it was purchased for me by my sister in Japan.


I have really enjoyed making these mug rugs and hope my special friend likes them :).  I plan to make many more.  I also made something extra to send but forgot to take a photo of it.  Looks like I now have to make one for myself :).



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