How to Make a Mug Rug

Hexie Mug Rug Free Tutorial Learn how to get started quilting with this small project! English paper piecing is easy and fun, plus these little coasters are cute and useful! #sewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #mugrug #hexies #quilting

Recently I have been utterly devoured by the hexie bug. Serenaded by the EPP siren. Stolen from the land of tiny doll making and pouch profusery by the slow stitchery that is the mischievous quilting fairy. 

Joining in some English paper-piecing parties this late spring has cleared my creative palette, and I'm so excited to finish this quilted mug rug tutorial with you! This is a 3-part series involving learning beginner English paper-piecing techniques. You can find part one here and part two here.

With the dawn of summer's warm temperatures and children's loosened schedules, my preoccupation has been containing the mess of teaching a 3 and 5 year old to bake, garden, light candles, and other life lessons.

The call of motherhood has torn me away from my happy sewing place, but just as the quilting siren has given me creative rest, so too the end of the school year is giving me time with my oldest before he is a full-time kindergartner this coming fall.

Posts and products will come more slowly over the next few months, but I'm doing my best to relish this time and use it for abstract idea-working and quiet contemplation. I'll be posting less on the blog, but will still post almost every day on Instagram and my shop will be reconfigured to make more financial sense for you and me! 

This part of the tutorial is not all that complicated, so it is a traditional blog tutorial, rather than the videos of the two previous posts. 

To make your mug rug, you'll need:

Iron all of your pieces, then use a running stitch to sew your hexie flower to the top piece of fabric.
Hexie Mug Rug Free Tutorial Learn how to get started quilting with this small project! English paper piecing is easy and fun, plus these little coasters are cute and useful! #sewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #mugrug #hexies #quilting

Next, pin your bottom square and your top square, right-sides together. Start sewing just inside the corner of the side you'll leave open (half and inch is good) and sew all the way around until you've sewn half an inch inside the opposite corner on the same side.
Hexie Mug Rug Free Tutorial Learn how to get started quilting with this small project! English paper piecing is easy and fun, plus these little coasters are cute and useful! #sewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #mugrug #hexies #quilting

This will make turning the fabric inward much easier than just sewing three sides with no top corners. 
Hexie Mug Rug Free Tutorial Learn how to get started quilting with this small project! English paper piecing is easy and fun, plus these little coasters are cute and useful! #sewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #mugrug #hexies #quilting

Turn your mug rug out and iron. Then lay your rug on top of the wool felt. Cut the felt just inside the edges of your mug rug. This will give a snug fit that wont roll on the edges of your finished mug rug.
Hexie Mug Rug Free Tutorial Learn how to get started quilting with this small project! English paper piecing is easy and fun, plus these little coasters are cute and useful! #sewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #mugrug #hexies #quilting

Stuff the wool felt inside your cotton sleeve and align the corners. Fold the edges of the cotton to match the rest of the seams. Pin them in place and sew all the way around to give a finished look.
Hexie Mug Rug Free Tutorial Learn how to get started quilting with this small project! English paper piecing is easy and fun, plus these little coasters are cute and useful! #sewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #mugrug #hexies #quilting

You mug rug is finished (and if you would like to just buy one already made, you can check my 5 Star Rated Etsy Shop here).

I'm totally hooked on making these! They're not as much of a commitment as a full quilt and they're totally useful! I use mine as pretty hot pads for my porcelain teapots, mini place mats for tea and a muffin, or for regular coasters. They're pretty conversation pieces and fun to scatter around for decoration. 

Hexie Mug Rug Free Tutorial Learn how to get started quilting with this small project! English paper piecing is easy and fun, plus these little coasters are cute and useful! #sewing #epp #englishpaperpiecing #mugrug #hexies #quilting

Since I share the same initials as Marie Antoinette, I often stitch her insignia onto my own things. This is the most feminine mug rug I've ever made and love it! It sits on my sewing table under my teacup pincushion and desk plants.

I'd love to see your finished mug rugs! Please tag me on Instagram or post to my Facebook page to show off your hard work! If you liked this tutorial, feel free to follow me on either social media or sign up for my wanna-be consistent newsletter 😉

Hugs,



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