Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine's Mug Rug ~ Free Pattern!

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Hi Everyone!

I mentioned in a few posts back that I would be posting about the Heart Mug Rug I made for a blog follower. Just in time for Valentine's day. It is a very quick project, so, you may have enough time to make several for the Valentine's in your family!

Here is a picture of the mug rug:

Finished Heart/Valentine's Mug Rug approx. 8-1/2" x 11"
You will need:
1-1/2" x 11" strip medium pink, (top strip)
3-1/4" x 7-1/4" dark pink ("Love" rectangle)
8-1/4" x 7-1/4" background fabric, (heart square)
8-1/2" x 11" fabric (backing) and 100% cotton batting (Warm & Co.)
6" square pink print (heart)
1/8 yd pink print (binding)
Matching thread (white, pink, dark pink)
12" strip of white mini and red medium Rick-Rack
6" square Fusible webbing for heart
Basic sewing/quilting supplies
Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive

Cut the fabric pieces, above. Sew the Heart background and "love" strip together. Sew the long strip on top. Press seams.

Following fusible webbing instructions and apply the heart. Draw a heart to your liking, onto the paper side of the fusible webbing. Mine is approximately 5" square.

I used Sulky's Temporary Spray Adhesive to secure the layers together.
Layer the backing, face down, batting, and top of mug rug, face up. Machine quilt the rug, with matching thread. With decorative thread, sew wiggly lines around heart, and across the seams, as shown, below.

With a pencil, lightly write "LOVE" onto the dark pink area. Sew with white thread, following picture. It looks best when you have several lines that show.

I had a lot of fun free-hand stitching the "LOVE" onto the rug! Don't feel like it has to be perfect!
Stitch a heart shape in the center of heart.
Sew Rick Rack, as shown, below, with matching thread.

I added the white rick rack because the red rick rack looked crooked to me.
The white one helps cover that up. hint, hint.
Cut the binding, 2-1/4" wide x length of outside edge of mug rug, fold in half lengthwise with right side out. Stitch along raw edges and then turn to the back to stitch-in-the-ditch. 

Now, you can sit and enjoy your favorite beverage and dessert!
I hope you have fun. I wrote the instructions quite briefly, if you have any questions, please email me. Use the "mail" icon on the sidebar.

Thank you, and enjoy!

ps. Please respect the ©copyright laws and only make these for personal use and/or gifts. Thank you.


  1. Oh Denise, it's the most beautiful mug rug EVER! Heeheeee, I can say that because I am the one who won this from you on your giveaway. Instead of using it as a mug rug, however, I have it displayed on my sewing room wall with my first quilt I made. I just love it so much, and wanted you to know it is still being loved and appreciated. Thanks for sharing the tutorial, and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day!

    1. Hi Lynne, so glad you are enjoying the rug, I hope you take it off the wall occasionally to use it.

  2. Denise, I just love this. I wasn't going to make anything valentines this year, but now ... well you just motivated me. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    1. Well, I'm glad I'm tempting you in a good way, this will make up fast, too.

  3. Thanks for sharing, Denise! I love mug rugs :)
    By Sara Kalinin

  4. That is so sweet. I want to make one too!
    By Jennifer Collard

  5. That's really cute - I especially like the free motion writing you did! Great job and thanks for sharing this pattern :)
    By Rita Sheloff

    1. The free motion stitching was so much fun and easy!

  6. Thanks for the tutorial! The mug rug is really cute.

  7. Thanks so very much
    By kathleen Estes

  8. Wonderful!~~~~~~
    By Allison C. Bayer

  9. This is sooo cute, thank you for sharing
    By Sherry Gorby

  10. This is very cute
    By Palma Davis

  11. That is adorable! Thanks Denise
    By Maria DeGroot

  12. Such a cute mug rug. Love the freehand stitching
    By Deborah Halcomb

  13. That is really cute and it would be nice with a scent in it. I have a set of four with whole cloves inside, and when the hot mug is on it, it spreads the scent.
    By Gerryl-Ann Mason-Van Gelderen

    1. What a great idea, scents into the layers!

  14. Cute rug
    By Amy Jo Gentile

  15. This is lovely. Thanks for sharing

  16. Bea Julian
    Librarian at DuSable Museum of African American History

    Nice thoughtful gift for any occasion, thank you.

    1. Yes, you are right, Bea. It is also very quick, too!

    By Elizabeth Mitchell

  18. Thanks for the instructions!
    By Diane Rose

  19. Love our website....if you're into stitches, patterns and fun stuff, you should visit.
    By Vera Fernandes


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