Sunday, October 28, 2012


This tutorial shows you how to make a mug rug 
using a "quilt as you go" technique.  

Use  any fabric you like, for any season, any reason.
So find some fun Halloween Fabrics.

Collect fabric scraps that you can cut into wedge strips.
 1 1/2" inch on one end to
 2 1/2" or 3" on the other end.  Like this.

Decide before you begin what  the "finished size"
of the mug rug.  

Cut your backing and batting 1" larger than the finished size
giving yourself some allowance for trimming to size
when you are done.

Choose bobbin thread to match the backing.  
Top thread doesn't matter.

Let's quilt-as-you-go!!!

Place the backing right side down.
Then the batting on top of it.
Fussy cut one piece of fabric
with at least 5 uneven sides. 

This becomes piece #1.  
Lay it in the center of the batting, right side up.
Don't you love the cute green witches and ghosts fabric.

Now comes the fun using some simple rules.
  1. ALWAYS place and sew in a clockwise direction. 
  2. It does not matter which end of the piece is at which end....... it's wonky.
  3. Use a 1/4" seam allowance.
  4. Keep this rhythm...PLACE, SEW, (finger) PRESS, TRIM

PLACE the first strip right side down on along one edge of the center "fussy cut" piece.   
SEW  it down

FOLD the piece back along the seam
 and finger PRESS  (iron not required)!

TRIM along the edge line.

PLACE next piece right side down 
along the edge and SEW

PRESS back with fingers and 
TRIM to align with the next edge

Keep adding on pieces in a clockwise direction 
Always using this rhythm...
PRESS (with fingers)

Continue until you have covered 
the entire batting / backing piece.
It will look a bit this!



With top side is up...trim to size
cutting off the excess fabric and batting

I selected black fabric for binding
cutting 2 1/2" wide.  

Sew on the binding using your favorite method.

And your finished Quilt-as-you-go Mug Rug.

Grab a hot beverage for your new mug rug.
I get a bit WICKED with my
Coffee and Baileys! ! !   Yummmmmm!



  1. Thanks so much for sharing the link to your post with me. I hope to figure it out one day!

  2. Hi. This is a great tutorial. My first time doing quilt as you go, I am making a set of Halloween placemats using your tutorial. So far they are looking fantastic! Thanks so much. Connie (Australia)


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