Make a Mug Rug
Are you a mug rug person?
By which I mean, do you use one, or have you made one?
I think they're an American idea, probably 'invented' by quilters. They make a great little project and are a good way to use up scraps.
If you're not aware of mug rugs, they're miniature quilts, just big enough to hold a coffee cup plus a biscuit or cake - or mince pie!
There are so many beautiful mug rugs around, you're spoilt for choice when you start to make them, but they make wonderful small gifts.
They are usually either a picture:
or effectively a patchwork block:
Patterns from Craftsy
although many use a combination of the two. You could even get your own design printed and make it up into a mug rug. They are usually between 15cmsx10cms and 25cmsx15cms in size, so will fit onto a swatch.
There's a tutorial for making a mug rug on the blog post Mug Rug.
If you'd like to have a go at this or a similar project, and need some scraps of fabric, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask for a scrap pack. These are bags of scrap fabrics weighing around 230g. They contain a number of small pieces of printed fabric, either on a theme or in coordinated colours, with at least one piece which will be big enough to use as the back of a mug rug. They cost £4 and will be post free until the end of October, after which postage reverts to our standard rate of £2.50.