I am excited to start our Mug Rug of the Month! I have several drawings ready for upcoming months – lots of ideas for seasonal mats! I have several done and I am excited to show them to you…
This month’s pattern (available here as a pdf download Snack Mat #1) is for a sunflower Mug Rug, which is 5″ x 7″ finished. But you can increase it 140% for a perfect sized Snack Mat, which will be 8″ x 10″.
Start by finding your fabrics. You will need a scrap of brown for the center, about a 6″ square for the petals, a scrap of green for the stem and leaves, an 8″ x 10″ background and a 10″ x 12″ piece for the backing/binding. I have a few scrap tubs that work perfectly for finding exciting little bits.
These are more than I need, I often start with a “collection” then eliminate until I am happy… or… when I can’t decide… I just have to make two.
Oliver is full of opinions and always excited when he sees a fresh stack of auditions to nestle into….
Once you have decided on your fabrics and removed the cat and the cat hair… trace your pattern onto fusible web and iron it to the wrong sides of the fabricsThen cut everything out with your good scissors and position on your background fabric. I have a trick that works really well… I trace my paper pattern with a sharpie marker, then flip it over and trace it again. This gives me a dark pattern that I can use under my background as a template and it is correctly reversed.This may not work if your background is too dark, then you may want to go back to the vinyl template. But for me you can see this worked perfectly. Once everything is positioned the way you would like it, fuse it into place.Now that our top is done, you can finish it anyway you would like, but I have a fun technique I am going to use… I cut a piece of Craft-Tex 5″ x 7″ and another piece 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″. Craft Tex is the stuff we use for the placemats. It is stiff-ish but super easy to sew through and it is fusible on both sides.I fuse this to the wrong side of the project and “quilt-as-desired”. Of course my quilting of choice on a project like this is what I call “scribble stitches”.
I use my hopping foot, drop my feed dogs and free motion with a 1.5 zigzag stitch. If this doesn’t make sense, we did a quick video with a tutorial this morning… Brianna should have it up on the website tonight.
I love the look of this finish. After I’m done with the piece, I wrap the fabric around to the back and fuse in place, then prepare the back the same way, I fold it over the edge and fuse it, then I layer the top onto the back and hold it in place with binding clips.
Last step is to zigzag the edge. Boom! All done!!
I hope you decide to make a little mug rug or a snack mat. They are quick! If you stop in at the shop, you can see the finished piece in person, and pick up a hard copy of the pattern. If you have questions about the process, again, we have a video about fusible web up already, and the demo for scribble stitches will be up soon.