Country Love Mug Rug

This project is perfect for beginners and experienced stitchers alike.  Make it using your favorite colors and changeMug Rug_05 the heart applique to any form that suits you… an apple for the teacher, a chicken, even a boat!  It’s your Mug Rug, your design it.  I am here to help you get started by teaching you the basics of its construction.

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Materials consist of an assortment of small fabric scraps for the Friendship Braid (about1 1/2″ x 4″ each), one piece of off white cotton for the background (71/2″ x 91/2″), one piece for the Heart applique ( 5″ x 5″), and one piece of fabric for the back of the mug rug (9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″), and 2 layers of iron on quilting fleece.

Step 1:  Cutting the pieces.

Cut 1 backing fabric 9 1/2″ x 11 1/2″

Cut 1 off white background fabric 7 1/2″ x 9 1/2″

Cut 2 quilting fleece 7 1/2″ x 9 1/2″Mug Rug_09

Cut 1 applique piece 5″ x 5″ …..

then trace the outline of the Heart onto the fabric



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Cut 12 assorted pieces for the Friendship Braid 1 1/2″ x 4″





Step 2:   If you are using adhesive backed fleece:  Center one piece of fleeceMug Rug_15

onto the background fabric with the adhesive side onto the fabric and press.



Step 3:  Assemble the Friendship Braid:  Begin by cutting one piece of fabric to 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″. Mug Rug_27

Match one long edge of fabric strip to one edge of the square and sew 1/4″ seam allowance.

Open out pieces and press toward the square. ( you will continue pressing each seam in this direction)

Second strip:  Lay the strips long edge matching it to the square’s edge and the narrow end of the previous

strip.  Sew 1/4″ seam along the long edge of the new strip.Mug Rug_35

Continue adding strips, alternating sides.  ex: first strip added to the left,

second strip added to the right, third strip added to the left, etc.

Continue adding fabric strips until the braid measures about 10″ long then trim to measureMug Rug_50

7 1/2″ long x 3 1/2″ wide.

Step 4:    On the background, measure and mark 3 1/4″ from the shorter edge.

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This will be the sewing line for the applying the Friendship Braid.   Lay the pieced braid, right side down, measure and mark 1/4″ down one

long edge.  Lay the braid onto the background fabric, right sides facing, matching the marked seam-lines, with the seam edge toward the outside edge of the mat.

Sew in place on marked seam-line.

Fold braid over so the right side is facing up, and press. Mug Rug_48Mug Rug_47

Remaining three sides of the pieced braid should meet the three edges of the mat.



Step 5:   Add the applique.  Locate the center of the background area by bringing the mat’s 7 1/2″ edge to meet

the seam edge of the pieced braid and crease the fabric at the fold by pressing with your fingers.

Mug Rug_54Center the applique onto the center of this background area. Mug Rug_56

Use either a fabric adhesive or fusible web

to adhere the applique in place.  If you do not have either of these you can pin the applique in place.


Using a zig-zag stich setting on your sewing machine, adjust the width and length of the stitch to the size

that pleases you, wide and long or a narrow satin stitch.  I use a medium width/length stitch with a contrast

thread.  Carefully top-stitch the applique in place sewing over it’s outer edge, all around the applique.

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Step 6:   Center the second piece of quilt fleece to the backing fabric and press to adhere.  Along each edge of the

backing fabric, fold and press 1/4″, and also fold and press backing along the fleeces edge.

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Step 7:  Matching the fleece edges, lay the “top” onto the “back”, fleece together.   Pin the all the layers in a few

places to prevent shifting.  Set the stitch length to longest stitch.  Set the machine’s foot so the outer edge

of the foot is near the outer edge of the applique and also move the needle to opposite position, this should

give approximately 3/8″ to 1/2″ seam allowance.  Sew around the applique until stitching meets with the

first stitches.  Repeat this step, using this stitch-line as your guide.

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Step 8:  Finishing:  Bind the mat by folding the backing fabric over the “top”.  Beginning with the longer sides,

fold the backing fabric over and onto the “top” and sew, top-stitching close to the folded edge.

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Repeat on the shorter sides taking care at the ends to keep the fabric ends neatly tucked inside the folds.

That’s all there is to creating this darling “mini quilt”.

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As with all our projects, the goal is to teach the beginner how to sew and hopefully inspire you to explore the endless possibilities of your new skill.




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