The cutest Gnome Mug Rug ever!

I have a super quick project idea for you – the cutest Gnome Mug Rug ever! He’s all ready to put a smile on your face and keep your mug safe and warm.

Gnome mug rug by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter includes cutting measurements for this mini quilt block.  Original gnome quilt block instructions can be found at Sew Can She.

This little gnome is a smaller version of the free Gnome Quilt Block by Caroline at Sew Can She. Caroline has paired her gnomes with some tree blocks to make the cutest Gnome Forest Quilt!

If you need to make a last minute gift for someone, this little Gnome Mug Rug is a fast and easy project! He’s 6 1/2″ square and simple to piece together.

Gnome mug rug by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter includes cutting measurements for this mini quilt block.  Original gnome quilt block instructions can be found at Sew Can She.

Caroline has graciously allowed me to share the cutting measurements for the smaller gnome. You’ll have to visit her tutorial to get the rest of the instructions to put him together.

Cutting Instructions for 6 1/2″ Gnome block

  • Red plaid (hat) – Cut (1) 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle
  • Solid red (body) – Cut (2) 2 1/2″ squares, (2) 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles, and (1) 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle
  • Solid white (beard) – Cut (1) 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangle
  • White print (background) – Cut (2) 3 1/2″ squares and (2) 1 1/2″ squares

Once you have assembled your gnome using Caroline’s tutorial, you just need to layer a piece of batting and backing fabric and add some quilting to secure the layers. I simply stitched in the ditch along the hat and beard.

Next, trim the raw edges and add binding. For this mug rug I used 2 1/4″ wide binding and sewed it onto the back, then wrapped it around to the front and machine stitched it in place along the folded edge. You could also check out my mug rug binding tips for a more delicate binding edge.

Mug rugs make great gifts, especially when you package them with a favorite tea/coffee, mug, and a little something sweet! Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Gnome mug rug by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter includes cutting measurements for this mini quilt block.  Original gnome quilt block instructions can be found at Sew Can She.

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

16 thoughts on “The cutest Gnome Mug Rug ever!

  1. Thanks for sharing this. This year I’m going to try to follow through on the pledge I make to myself every year, and work on Christmas gifts steadily all year long. I’ve engaged my neighbor–an excellent sewist–in this endeavor, so I think that will help keep me spurred on. I think this will be a fun project to start on. So cute!

  2. Love the gnome. I’ll be making several of these. My daughter is really into gnomes this year as are a couple of friends. Thank so much for sharing the pattern.

  3. This is so darn cute that I must make a couple for my grandsons who have recently moved from FL to NC and will be trying to acclimate to their new winter. I see hot cocoa in their future with mugs sitting on Gnome mug rugs. I did not see any reference to the gnome’s nose so I guess we need to just wing it as the one on Sew Can She would be too large. Thanks so much for posting this. Your site is interesting and inspiring.

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