Orange Peel Mug Rug

I love making mug rugs and I think they make a great “thank you” gift.  Enter my latest finish, the Orange Peel Mug Rug.  This is a special thank you to a very kind and hardworking realtor who did a fantastic job for us recently.

This mug rug was easy”ish” if you don’t mind a little hand stitching and machine applique.  I absolutely love orange peel designs and it’s nice when I can incorporate them into my projects.

The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.

 

I took photos of the process, so you can make one, too, if you’d like.  There is a template for the orange peels that you can print out here:  Orange Peel Template

Orange Peel Mug Rug

The groundwork for this mug rug is simple.  Eight squares (1 7/8″ unfinished) are sewn together to make a 3 1/4″ x 6″ rectangle, which is then sewn to a 6″ square of linen/cotton fabric.  Then you applique the orange peels onto the small squares and stitch/embroider the orange peel design onto the big square.

The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.

 

I used fusible machine applique for the fabric orange peels (on the left side.)  You can see my tutorial for that technique here.

I made the decision to do the hand stitching in a sashiko style before basting rather than hand quilting with a big stitch after it was basted.  This was a little easier for me and I like the way it turned out.  I used 3 strands of Aurifil floss for the stitching.

The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.

 

I marked 1/4″ seam allowance with a Frixion pen as well as a grid that is 1 3/8″ apart (the same size as the finished applique squares.)  I used an acrylic template to draw in the orange peels.  I’ve included a template that you can print out:  Orange Peel Template. Trace onto freezer paper or template plastic to make your own template.  The same template is used for the orange peel fusible applique.

The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.

 

The Frixion Pen markings disappear with an iron after all of the stitching is done.

The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.

 

I used a small zig zag stitch to applique the orange peels after everything was basted.  This way I was quilting and appliqueing at the same time.  I added free motion quilting to the hand stitched portion by echoing the design with a matching thread.

The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.

The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.

The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.

 

I wish I had taken a picture of the entire gift package that I sent out.  Mug rugs make the perfect platform for all kinds of goodies to add in.  I included a Starbucks gift card, a box of my favorite tea, some chocolate and a cute mug.  I also added this mug rug tag from Hilltop Custom Designs.  It helps to include an explanation of what a mug rug is to those who don’t know.

Mug Rug Printable Tag from Hilltop Custom Designs
Mug Rug Printable Tag from Hilltop Custom Designs

 

If you’re making a mug rug as a Christmas gift, I have a mug rug poem that is perfect for that.  I shared this a few years ago to go with my Christmas Pocket Mug Rug (which you can purchase here.)

Mug Rug Poem for Christmas @ The Crafty Quilter

Christmas Pocket Mug Rug pattern from The Crafty Quilter

 

I have some tips on binding a mug rug that I’ll share with you next week.  For now, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother’s Day!

The Orange Peel Mug Rug makes a perfect gift and I have a tutorial that shows you how to make your own using a little bit of applique and embroidery. Get all the details at The Crafty Quilter.

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

19 thoughts on “Orange Peel Mug Rug

  1. That’s a cute orange peel mug rug! I like how you quilted around the embroidery to give it extra dimension. Thank you for sharing on Midweek Makers

  2. Thank you for sharing the two mug rug tags. When you make mug rugs, table runners or placemats do you use a special batting? Your blogs are the best!

  3. a lovely mug rug liking that you have both applique and hand stitched orange peel on it loving the poem too

  4. I had never really understood the concept of a ‘mug rug’ before … but this project (along with the two lovely explanatory rhymes) has made it very appealing. It also has made me realise that it is a great way to practice different designs. Thank-you, as ever Julie, for sharing. Your ‘newbie’ pupil here is still learning from you … albeit at a distance.
    Warmly,
    Patricia

  5. I have given many mug rugs as small gifts, but never an orange peel one or one with a poem! Thank you for all of these awesome ideas to “up” my mug rug gifting!

  6. Just goes to show that you should read to the end of a page. Thanks for YOUR little poem I will definitely use that one.
    Happy days to you and yours
    Gayle

  7. You are so talented! Thank you for another great project idea. I will definitely be making some of these!

  8. Sweet mug rug! I like making orange peels. They are my current ‘to go’ project. Enjoy your afternoon! XO

  9. I Julie, I too love mug rugs. I just finished one with a saying embroidered in the middle, “Friends reach for your hand but touch your heart”. I sent it through the mail to my friend for her birthday. I wish I had had your notes on the mug rugs. Oh well – I think she’ll get the idea. I love reading your posts – they are always so encouraging.
    Thank you!!

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