30+ Mug Rugs & Mats To Make

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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!

wildolive.blogspot.com

wildolive.blogspot.com

Tea Time Mat: Very sweet! Features a side panel with an embroidery & applique tea bag (includes free pdf pattern download).

Little Bits: Features a colorful pieced ring center, tutorial available via free pdf download.

alexiaabegg.squarespace.com

alexiaabegg.squarespace.com

stashmanicure.blogspot.com

stashmanicure.blogspot.com

Top Pocket Rug: Features a pocket on top to hold a bag of tea, sugar packet, spoon, etc.

Time For Tea: This design has the word “tea” appliqued on one side and a cup & saucer on the other (free pdf templates).

acuppaandacatchup.com

acuppaandacatchup.com

sewmamasew.com

sewmamasew.com

Quilted Ziggity: You’ll need over a dozen 2″ wide strips of fabric scraps (5″ long), backing fabric and binding for this easy project.

Butterfly Applique: Made with about 10 scraps of fabric, Heat & Bond Lite (for applique), batting and binding.

sewhappygeek.co.uk

sewhappygeek.co.uk

mollys-meanderings.blogspot.com

mollys-meanderings.blogspot.com

Mug Rug Tutorial: One side has strips of fabric on a diagonal and a block of pretty fabric on the other side.

Basic Quilted: Finished size is about 6″ x 9″ and features free-motion quilting.

thecuriousquilter.wordpress.com

thecuriousquilter.wordpress.com

craftystaci.com

craftystaci.com

Oval: Includes a free template to download (pdf) and is made with 1″ strips of cotton fabric (20″ long), edges finished with bias tape.

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.

incolororder.blogspot.com

incolororder.blogspot.com

thesplitstitch.com

thesplitstitch.com

Simple: Finished size measures 10.5″ x 6″ and made with linen, quilting weight cotton strips, backing fabric and cotton 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).

stitchingbystarlight.com

stitchingbystarlight.com

thequiltedfish.typepad.com

thequiltedfish.typepad.com

Sugar & Spice: Top of the mat features a patchwork of squares on one side and a square on the other (free motion quilted).

In The Garden: Sweet & colorful featuring a bird and flowers (hand drawn design, jpg file can be downloaded as a guide), quilted.

sameliasmum.com

sameliasmum.com

increasinglydomestic.blogspot.com

increasinglydomestic.blogspot.com

Simple Strips Mat: A simple yet lovely design featuring strips across the top of mat & finished with a fabric border.

Stripey Egg: Fun & cheery “Easter Egg” style made with colorful strips of fabric (includes pattern pieces to download).

thesplitstitch.com

thesplitstitch.com

melissagoodsell.typepad.com

melissagoodsell.typepad.com

Easter Bunny: Includes a free template download for the bunny (pdf). You’ll need fabric scraps, fusible webbing, batting (or felt) and embroidery cotton to make this cutie.

At Home Mug Rug: Charming “house” made with scraps of fabric that is adorned with decorative stitches and bits of lace and trim.

fashionedbymeg.blogspot.com

fashionedbymeg.blogspot.com

sewtakeahike.typepad.com

sewtakeahike.typepad.com

Umbrella Mat: Top of mat features an umbrella with a background stitched with embroidery thread for raindrops. Free template download (via pdf).

Wonky Starburst: Scraps of fabric are sewn together on the diagonal then quilted to make a mat (fabric binding around the edges).

stitchesandscissors.com

stitchesandscissors.com

sneezerville.wordpress.com

sneezerville.wordpress.com

Patchwork Strips: Two strips of patchwork across the top (with topstitching) and then background is quilted.

Starbright: Lovely quilted mat with mitered corners and a ribbon loop for hanging.

verykerryberry.blogspot.com

verykerryberry.blogspot.com

whipup.net

whipup.net

Valentine Heart-Shaped: Quilted heart shaped patchwork embellished with a bit of jumbo ric rac. Free pdf download (tutorial).

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.

sew-fantastic.blogspot.com

sew-fantastic.blogspot.com

msmcporkchopquilts.com

msmcporkchopquilts.com

Quilt Block Design: Top of mat features one side in patchwork (using a traditional quilt block design) and a quilted panel on the other side.

Mug Rug Tutorial: Assorted scraps of fabric for the top, backed with quilt batting or fleece and a piece of fabric for the back. You’ll find the 2nd part of the tutorial here (for binding).

contented.typepad.co.uk

contented.typepad.co.uk

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

Scrapbusters: Finished size measures 10 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and features an embroidered strip with a personalized message such as Happy Birthday 2012, etc. (optional).

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.

sameliasmum.com

sameliasmum.com

fromthebluechair.com

fromthebluechair.com

Pieced Star & Hexagon: A 6-pointed star design in a hexagon shape, finished size measures approximately 9″.

Little Cottage: Includes a free template to download (pdf), basic instructions provided.

sometimescrafter.blogspot.com

sometimescrafter.blogspot.com

createanddecorate.com

createanddecorate.com

Woven Fabric: Made with a jelly roll, a fat quarter, binding fabric and cotton batting. Tutorial via free pdf download.

Template: Pieces are cut (8) then assembled and sewn together, lined with fusible fleece, quilted then trimmed with bias tape.

100billionstars.com

100billionstars.com

fussycut.blogspot.com

fussycut.blogspot.com

Selvedge: Quilt as you sew with this cutie, features round edges and trimmed with fabric cut on the bias.

Moustache: Fun! There’s a template you can download with four different moustache designs.

sew-fantastic.blogspot.ca

sew-fantastic.blogspot.ca

quiltingboard.com

quiltingboard.com

Fan: Here’s something a little different, 8 wedges are attached to a 1/4 circle to make the fan shape.

Subway Art: If you do not have an embroidery unit, you can hand embroider or applique words onto the piece.

sochickhandbags.com

sochickhandbags.com

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Published: July 13, 2011
Updated: January 5, 2013

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5 Comments to “30+ Mug Rugs & Mats To Make”
  1. The Curious Quilter says:

    Thanks for including my mug rug tutorial in your list! People have been hopping over, and also downloading my Lady Bug Mug Rug pattern.

  2. Angie says:

    Great post – thanks for including my tutorial! I’m flattered. :)

  3. Jenna @ SewHappyGeek says:

    Wow, thanks so much for including my butterfly mug rug! I’m truly in some really great company!

  4. Rachel @ contented says:

    Thank you so much for including my tutorial too! Some fab designs in that list.

  5. Yvonne Bolger says:

    Hi! Absolutely adore the mug rugs…very happy, cheerful AND useful. Do have a question though…does no one else dribble their hot chocolate and cocoa down the side of their mug except me??? Both are very hard to get out. And as far as laying a sandwich, cookie, etc. on them…don’t you have to wash them every time you use them? Know you could use a saucer but, to me, that defeats the purpose of the mug rug. Do you all know something I don’t??? :) :) :)
    Would Scotchgard be beneficial??? Thanks


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