3 more mug rugs and a pattern correction

I just finished three more mug rugs – one for my daughter and each of her roommates at college.  You can find the original tutorial here at Holiday Mug Rugs.  I used pieces from a Marmalade (Moda) charm pack and a bit of my stash, though I didn’t make much of a dent in either!

I’m finding that it’s more difficult to find cute mugs than it is to make the mug rugs!

Thanks to Nettie, one of my blog readers, I did find an error in the cutting instructions.  The first two tree pieces did not include the seam allowance and the picture had two of the background pieces matched up with the wrong tree pieces.  The original post has been corrected, and here is the revised version for you:

Corrected Cutting Instructions:

  • (1) 5 ” square (snowball center)
  • (4) 2″ squares (snowball corners)
  • (1) 2″ x 5″ rectangle (bottom of snowball unit)
  • Tree pieces:  (1) 2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangle, (1) 2″ x 4″ rectangle and (1) 2″ x 5″ rectangle
  • (1) 1 1/2″ x 2″ rectangle (tree trunk)
  • Tree background pieces: (2) 2″ squares, (2) 2″ x 2 1/4″ rectangles, (2) 2″ x 2 3/4″ rectangles (2) 2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

Sorry, for the confusion!  I guess you all are my pattern testers and I appreciate the feedback!

Have a lovely week!



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  1. Julie, this may be a silly question, but because the mug rug is used for a snack, would you need to wash it quite often? Of course, I know it depends on the snack and how messy the person is, but how would you respond to this question? Your blog and creations are wonderful!

  2. Hello! I really like these kind of small projects, I’d like to make some of these as Christmas presents.
    I noticed your mugs too, in particular the third one with the wood animals. Can you tell me the brand? ?
    Thanks and have fun with your projects!!

  3. Thank you for a super easy pattern this is my first attempt at a mug rug so if it turns out good I will post a picture I’m hoping to make them with Christmas themed fabrics for my family.

  4. Found the link to your blog via Facebook and tried your mug rug yesterday and finished off with your binding tutorial this morning. I don’t have the quick mitre tool so used my small square ruler to get the 45 degree angle instead and it worked pretty well on this little quilt. I will post a photo of the rig later on my blog. Thank you for two informative tutorials.

  5. Looks like you are on your way to publishing a book. :). I think you will enjoy Susan Branch’s website. 🙂

  6. Julie….these Mug Rugs are adorable! (I also love the mugs!) =-)
    I will be pulling my machine out on Friday to start a couple of projects. Wanted to let you know that back in October I created several Modge Podge pumpkins from your tutorial! Love this blog!
    Thank you,

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