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.
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.
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!