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The Mug Rug Crumb Catcher

I’m happy to introduce the Mug Rug Crumb Catcher.  It’s small but mighty!

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter

It’s the perfect size to hold a cup of tea and your favorite cookie(s).

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter

This mug rug is the smaller version of my Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher that I made last year.

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter


The finished size of the mug rug is 8 1/2″ in diameter.  It would also make a nice candle mat or vase pad, but I like the mug rug idea myself.

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter

It was easy to make this mini version.  I just reduced the size of the units from 5 1/2″ (unfinished) to 3 1/2″ (unfinished).  Here are the sizes that you’ll need to cut for the mug rug version.  You can find the updated pdf version here:  Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter

The other change I made is the way I finished the smaller version.  Instead of binding around all of those corners (8!), I layered, then stitched around the outside edges and left an opening on one side for turning right side out.

Here is how I layered the pieces:

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter

Then I stitched 1/4″ from the raw edges (pivoting at the corners), leaving an opening on one side.

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter

Turn right side out and then top stitch near the edge all the way around.

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter

Next, I stitched in the ditch along the main seams.  It was quick and added a little stability to the finished product.  Here’s what it looks like on the back:

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter

I love that star shape!  This is a quick project and makes for a great gift for the holidays.  Plus is keeps those Oreos from making a mess!

Mug Rug Crumb Catcher @ The Crafty Quilter

I hope you get a chance to make some of your own.  It’s always nice to see what others create, so use the hashtag #mugrugcrumbcatcher on Instagram so we can all see!


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  1. How can I get a printed copy of the Cookie Plate Crumb Catcher. I do not have a printer. Any idea how I can not write all the instructions by hand. Thank you. Beverly Lenzo 3040 Evening Song Dr. Indianapolis, IN 46241.

  2. this is an adorable mug rug/crumb catcher! Love your tutorial…I like the new finish for the edges–binding those small pieces can be tough with all those corners!! thanks so much…hugs, Julierose

  3. Hello Julie, This is such a nice small quilted project. Would you mind if we use your instructions for one of our National Quilt Day projects in March 2015? There will be about 80 ladies gathered that day for sewing, fun games and food. We would of course reference your blog.

  4. Such a cute mug rug!! Very pretty in your fabrics, too. Thank you for a lovely tutorial! This is getting saved “to be done” !

  5. Thank you. I made a few cookie plate crumb catchers for gifts and my family loved them. Ah, and I see a few ‘rugs’ to match. Love the pattern. So easy for me -still a beginner- to do. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving

  6. Thank you Julie; this is exactly what I need to make for a birthday present next week. I love how you made it hexagonal instead of the usual rectangle.

  7. Hi Julie,
    I love your crumb catcher, great for using up those small scraps of fabric we can’t bring ourselves to throw away! Must look in my Christmas fabric stash ASAP!

  8. Thanks so much Julie. I made your crumb catcher table mat last year and love it …. can’t wait to have similar mug rugs. You write great tutes. ^^

  9. very good idea I yesterday discovered that a small quilted piece works as a mouse mat so another way to use this, very clear instructions thank you

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