10 Mug Rugs to See or Try

Links for each picture can be found below.

Links for each picture can be found below.

Hello Everyone,

Now that we know what a Mug Rug is, let’s get inspired!  The versitile mug rug can carry many themes and sizes, it is totally up to you how detailed you want to go!  Here are some examples for you!

  1. This picture is from a tutorial called A Mug Rug of Scraps by Jennifer from That Girl…That Quilt.  The tutorial is posted at Sew We Quilt.
  2. This mug rug is made just for Tea Time and is by Sara from The Split Stitch.  It includes embroidery which, I would consider a extra dose of cuteness! The tutorial is posted at Wild Olive.
  3. This tutorial is from The Sewing Loft and involves mushrooms!
  4. Left over blocks?  I found this picture on Pinterest and it suggested using Log Cabin blocks as Mug Rugs.  More on the picture at Oh Frannson! 
  5. Here is an example of a Holiday Mug Rug by the Flickr user Crktpot.  No tutorial but still eye candy just the same.
  6. Try a pillow or quilt block tutorial by making a mug rug like SassyPacks.  She used this tutorial by Oh Frannson!
  7. Wanna try some tiny stitches?  Check out this pattern found on Craftsy.com.
  8. Here is another pattern offered by Craftsy.  I love that site!
  9. This tutorial is by Ms. McPorkChop Quilts.  She used one traditional block to make her mug rug.  The block is called Christmas Star II.  Here is the link.
  10. This tutorial is called Pop Flower Coaster by Bec who blogs over at Chasing Cotton.  I know it says “coaster” but I made this particular coaster and it is much bigger then a coaster.

For additional inspiration, I have created a Mug Rug Pinterest Board.  If the above list did not get your juices flowing, the Pinterest Board will be of great help.  I made a point to pin some additional holiday mug rugs too!

Remember our next meeting is at Whipstitch Fabrics on 02/28 at 7pm.  Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there!

Happy Clicking!



The Mug Rug Explained

What is a Mug Rug?

What is a Mug Rug?  Where did the name come from?  How big should it be?  Is it a coaster?  These are all question that were asked at the last meeting.  Hopefully this post will help you embrace the name “Mug Rug” and understand how the Mug Rug is part of the Modern Quilting movement.

Let me first tell you how it started, according to one particular blogger named Erin.  For all intensive purposes we will consider Erin my “source.”  She blogs over at Two More Seconds and really enjoys making Mug Rugs.  She explains, in 2010 Amanda from Ms McPorkChop Quilts posted a picture of her creation that included some flying geese and called it a Mug Rug.  Check out the pictures, pretty cute!

(photo credit: mrsmcporkchop on Flickr)

(photo credit: mrsmcporkchop on Flickr)

Erin considers a mug rug to be:

“A small, fun to create, mini quilt that is mostly there to look pretty on your desk and soak up your drink of choice’s drips and condensation, as well as giving you full-on permission to eat some cookies, since, well, that extra space off to the side of your drink is just THERE for you to use.”  She also gives insight on the possible sizes of a mug rug.  It can be as small as a coaster but as big as a placemat.  quote from Two More Seconds

So, there you have it, a Mug Rug is not a coaster it is more then that!  The Mug Rug should also be considered “Modern” because is was created in 2010!  This modern day creation is an excuse to play with some scraps, perfect a block, practice free motion quilting or even binding but also an excuse to make something small and unique for someone else or for you!

Let’s review our initial questions:

  • What is a Mug Rug?  A Mug Rug is a mini quilt, which can be used to rest your coffee and that extra cookie you decided you needed.  
  • Where did the name come from?  Apparently, a blogger named Amanda came up with the name and it stuck, causing Mug Rugs to be created all over the world.
  • How big should it be?  It can be as small as a coaster or a big as a placemat. 
  • Is it a coaster?  No it is not a coaster but you can rest your drink on it.

Well guys, I think that is all for now!  I hope now that we understand the Mug Rug we can embrace its quilt-like uniqueness.  Remember our next meeting is at Whipstitch Fabrics on 02/28 at 7pm.  Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there!  Make sure you follow the schedule and be ready to post your pictures to our flickr group for the Mug Rug Swap Parade!


Announcing the Mug Rug Parade

West Atlanta Modern Quilting Guild Mug Rug Swap

Hello Everyone,

The month is going by fast and before you know it we will once again be together!  I have created a series about Mug Rugs!

  1. The Mug Rug Explained – Posted Here
  2. 10 Mug Rugs to See or Try- Posted Here
  3. The Mug Rug Parade – Will Post on March 1st

Check out each page and join the Flickr group Mug Rug Swap.  Post pictures about your progress or finished works.   Post your finished work prior to our next meeting, which is on February 28th, 7pm at Whipstitch Fabrics and on March 1st I will post our Parade right here on our Blog!

Feel free to contact me if you have any question and remember have fun!