30+ Mug Rugs & Mats To Make
Mug rugs are extra large drink coasters or smaller versions of placemats that hold a cup of tea or coffee with room for a pastry or treat. They’re a great way to polish up on your quilting and sewing skills (and learn a new technique or two), but they also a creative way to use up scraps (and bonus! they’re totally gift-worthy too). Here are nearly 30 different patterns and tutorials that show you how to make them, keep in mind I update project pages regularly here on Tipnut so watch this page for new additions. Enjoy!
Little Bits: Features a colorful pieced ring center, tutorial available via free pdf download.
Time For Tea: This design has the word “tea” appliqued on one side and a cup & saucer on the other (free pdf templates).
Butterfly Applique: Made with about 10 scraps of fabric, Heat & Bond Lite (for applique), batting and binding.
Basic Quilted: Finished size is about 6″ x 9″ and features free-motion quilting.
Scrappy Stack: Quilted, finished size is about 10″ x 7″ and made with assorted strips of fabric (for patchwork rectangle, sashing and binding), backing fabric and batting.
Reversible Java Rug: Made with a jelly roll (or other 2.5″ strips), a piece of batting, iron-on fusing and contrasting fabric for letters (to spell Java or whatever you like).
In The Garden: Sweet & colorful featuring a bird and flowers (hand drawn design, jpg file can be downloaded as a guide), quilted.
Stripey Egg: Fun & cheery “Easter Egg” style made with colorful strips of fabric (includes pattern pieces to download).
At Home Mug Rug: Charming “house” made with scraps of fabric that is adorned with decorative stitches and bits of lace and trim.
Wonky Starburst: Scraps of fabric are sewn together on the diagonal then quilted to make a mat (fabric binding around the edges).
Starbright: Lovely quilted mat with mitered corners and a ribbon loop for hanging.
Scrappy Color Block: Top is made with 9 scrap pieces in assorted colors, a fat quarter (in a neutral solid fabric), backed with batting and fabric.
Semi Dresden Design: A quick tutorial showing how to sew wedges together to form a semi-circle shape, layer with batting and white fabric then attach a half circle shape. Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced sewers.
Little Cottage: Includes a free template to download (pdf), basic instructions provided.
Template: Pieces are cut (8) then assembled and sewn together, lined with fusible fleece, quilted then trimmed with bias tape.
Moustache: Fun! There’s a template you can download with four different moustache designs.
Subway Art: If you do not have an embroidery unit, you can hand embroider or applique words onto the piece.