Fundraising, Handmade, Patchwork, Quilting, Sewing, Tutorial

A Celebration and a Tutorial

4th September 2017

Quilted Mug Rug Tutorial
On 1 May 2017 I nervously published my first post on this blog not knowing what lay ahead.  I have loved the process of writing about my creative pursuits and I had planned to celebrate my 30th blog post by sharing a tutorial.  However, I was away last week and forgot to get the templates sorted before I went – so this is actually my 32ndpost! – but I still want to say a big thank you to everyone who has read my blog, commented and supported me. 
I recently made some mini quilts for a fundraiser – the perfect size for a coffee cup – and thought I’d share the pattern.  This is a great scrap-busting project, makes perfect gifts and is really easy and quick to make.  Enjoy!
Quilted Mug Rug Pattern
You will need:
Scraps of patterned fabric
Scrap of plain fabric
Scrap of quilt wadding/batting
Print out of the templates, which can be downloaded here
1. From your patterned fabric cut a 5 x 5 inch square – this will be the back of your mini quilt. 
2. From your plain fabric cut a 5 x 5 inch square – this will be the front of your mug rug. 
3. Cut a 5 x 5 inch square of quilt wadding/batting.
4. Take a scrap of patterned fabric just bigger than the bondaweb template and then use the template to cut a piece of bondaweb.  The fabric will be slightly bigger to avoid the bondaweb sticking to your ironing board.
5. Iron all of your fabric pieces to ensure they are smooth and crease-free. 
6. Mount your bondaweb onto the back of the patterned scrap.  Ensure you iron the paper-covered side and don’t overlap the bondaweb, otherwise it will stick to your ironing board. 
7. Use the heart template to mark the back of the bondaweb (using a pencil or biro) and then cut out your heart.
8. Remove the backing paper from the heart so that it is ready to mount onto your piece of plain fabric.  Position it in the centre of the square and iron into place.  Sew the heart into place either on your machine or by hand as you wish.  
9. On a flat surface lay your square of wadding/batting ensuring that it is flat.  On top of it lay your patterned square of backing fabric with the right side facing up.  Again ensure it is flat.  Finally add the plain fabric square with the heart applique facing down.  Ensure all layers are flat and aligned.  Pin the three layers together. 
10. On a sewing machine use a ¼ inch seam allowance and sew around the outside of the square leaving a two inch gap in the centre of one of the sides. 
11. Snip the corners off the quilt carefully and turn through the gap that was left.  Carefully ensure the corners are completely pressed out (a knitting needle may be required to assist you) and iron the quilt, ensuring that the opening is ironed closed.
12. Finally topstitch the quilt around the outsides to add decoration and to close the hole.

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