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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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