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Make a Mug Rug

24 October 2018 09:26


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:

From CraftsyEtsy and Flickr

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.

I have lots on my Pinterest boards Mug Rugs and Christmas, to give you plenty of inspiration.

There's a tutorial for making a mug rug on the blog post Mug Rug.

If you make a mug rug, we'd love to see a photo of it! Tag us on Instagram or FB or upload it below.

Special Offer

If you'd like to have a go at this or a similar project, and need some scraps of fabric, email me ( 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.