Oh So Charming Quilted Mug Rugs

Every year I ponder what to get my neighbors, friends, and service providers for Christmas. Usually I will make an assortment of cookies and distribute them, but this year I am starting early and creating my gifts by hand in the hope of not having to lose those 15 pounds I gain every year test tasting the cookies… (I think I put on three pounds on just thinking about it!)

1 mug-rug-lead I decided this year I would make some quilted “mug rugs” – cute little coasters that are perfect for a hot mug of coffee or cocoa which are large enough to set a treat on too. My special twist to the project however would be that I would use all those charm packs I’ve been collecting over the years!

2 charm-packs Typically, a charm pack consists of approximately 36 squares of pre-cut fabric that are 5×5 inches. I had some holiday-themed packs on hand and so I decided to give my mug rugs a holiday motif. These rugs are reversible too so you can play around with fabric patterns – try a child-friendly pattern on one side for the kids and a more subtle pattern on the other side for the grown-ups.

I do suggest avoiding plaid or striped fabrics however – unless the charm squares are cut perfectly square you risk skewed lines in your finished product. (Though that may be the look you’re going for!)

How to Make Mug Rugs

For this project we’ll be making a set of two mug rugs using six charm squares. You can also watch a video of this project tutorial – click here to watch!

3 fabric-squares Step 1: Select six charm squares for your mug rugs. Try to select colors and patterns that coordinate nicely. (In this photo you’ll see I’d selected three different patterns – two squares of the blue, three of the gold, one of the red.)

Line up three of your squares in a row with two matching squares flanking a contrasting square in the middle. Sew the squares together using a quarter-inch seam. Then do the same with your three remaining squares.

4 pressed-seams Step 2: Press your seams. I recommend pressing one set to the outside and one set to the inside.

5 batting-piece Step 3: Now we’ll head over to the cutting table. Hopefully you have saved some batting scraps over the years – those scraps will be perfect to use for this project because the batting is what helps absorb the moisture from a mug. The first thing you need to do is cut each of your segments in half through the center square. You can either measure with a ruler or simply fold them in half and finger press a cutting line.

Once you have cut the segments in half, I suggest squaring up. Mine measured 6¾ x 4¾. Now simply cut your batting to the exact size as your fabric pieces.

6 pinning Step 4: Next, put the right sides together, matching the seams. Because we pressed the seams in opposite directions, they should lock together. Then add your batting piece on top and pin where the seams match.

7 stitched-rug Step 5: Now you will cut away a portion of the batting along the edge next to your pin – a quarter-inch deep and 3 inches long. (You will leave this section unsewn while constructing the rug.) Then sew around the rug using a quarter-inch seam.

Step 6: Next, trim the corners and turn inside out through the section you left unsewn. Use an awl, scissor tip or pencil to poke the corners out.

Step 7: Press the seams again, making sure to press the open section too to create a neat seam for sewing closed.

Step 8: Then you will top stitch to close up the seam. I used a quarter-inch foot that has markings so I could ensure an even edge.

8 finished-rugs Step 9: For a final dash of pizazz, add some quilting! Any quilting I do will generally be straight stitch, but a decorative stitch would be fun to do as well. I ran a stitch around the inner edge of each color, and added a couple extra lines for fun. This is where you can really get creative! Of course the quilting step isn’t necessary and you may prefer the un-quilted look more.

And there you have it! These mug rugs are a fun, quick, and easy project that also make for great gift ideas. If you’re looking to round out your gift, head on over to the dollar store to pick up a few mugs to go with them!

Happy quilting!

Related Video: Easy to Make Mug Rugs from Charm Squares

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31 Responses to “Oh So Charming Quilted Mug Rugs”
  1. Jeanette

    I absolutely love being a premium member. I love your videos and project ideas. I have been working on mug rugs and I am going to make some more with charm squares. Great idea!

  2. MarjO

    Great idea, so useful for using up scraps- good for any season- and good for singles- one pair for self and guest. Thanks!

  3. Judy

    I would like a pattern to put your mug in for safe keeping, when you take it to sewing class. Can you help?

    • National Quilters Circle
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      Hi, Judy. I am unaware of a pattern to store your mug in for quilting class. There is no written pattern. However, if you watch the video, Kelly takes you step by step to completion. You start out with charm pack squares that are 5×5. The video is very inclusive of instruction for this project. One idea would be to take a rectangular piece of fabric (you can also see many pieces together and cut it in a rectangle.). The length and width would be determined from the size of your cup. Put your cup in the middle of your fabric, fold both sides up to see if they rest above the top of your mug. Now take the sides and be sure they have a 1/4 inch seam allowance of fabric plus a little extra. ( you want to be able to get it out of the pouch) put right sides of fabric together and sew along sides. Turn the top down by 1/2 inch and then again 1/2 inch. Stitch this down close to fold line leaving a small opening to slide a ribbon or shoe lace into. This acts as a draw string for your mug bag. Otherwise you can search for patterns that you will need to purchase on Pinterest or online.

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      National Quilters Circle

      Hi Ruth. We are sorry to hear you cant watch the video. Please give our customer service a call at 1-855-706-3538 and we can assist you.

  4. Carol fedder
    Carol fedder

    I do quilting and have just got a blk sashiko machine and am looking for ideas and patterns

  5. laurelpiontek

    I’m a newbie to quilting and this will be a great place to start!!

  6. Tereasa

    Love this idea! It will pair very nicely with the bowl koozies I’m planning to make for family gifts this year! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Dorothy Kelly
    Dorothy Kelly

    Love quick ways to use up my scraps, and especially the left over batting. also a way to sit and sew something simple that I can have a finished project, with out having another ‘UFO’, lol. Thak you.

  8. Joanne Watts
    Joanne Watts

    Wanted to learn to make rugs with animal and Christmas prints.Thanks for simple lesson .For thank you and I will show you mine when I am finished.Just got a new machine so starting small.

  9. ALICE

    This Video and instructions were perfect for a beginner like me. It listed exactly the size of the material and then step by step instructions to finish the product. Fantastic I will be trying it soon!

  10. Val

    Just signed up here. I am so happy. Can’t wait to start making these great mug rugs. I am sort of a mess these days. Only 60. Never thought I would be so unable to do much. 3 time cancer survivor. Chemo really beats you up. So anyway, I have my mind, my warped humor and I can see and craft. I just love the crafts you offer. Should be a great holiday.