Confession: I have at least 25 mug rug ideas pinned on Pinterest and for the past few months, I’ve been using a nasty old potholder to protect my desk from spills. I cleaned up my workspace over the weekend and once all the clutter was off the desk, that poor thing looked more pathetic than ever. Time to do something about it!
I made this up as I went along, but I did make notes on the measurements in case you’d like to try one. It was really quick to make. You’ll need:
- A 7-1/2″ square of fabric for the backing
- A 6″ square of low loft batting
- 8 strips of fabric 1-1/2″ wide. The two strips for the center need to be at least 10″ long, and the rest get shorter from there
To start, center the batting square on the wrong side of the backing fabric. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the batting (the red line on my photo), then measure over 1/4″ and draw a second line (the black line on my photo).
Put your two center strips together, right sides facing, and line the edges up with the SECOND line you just drew. (I didn’t worry about cutting my strips to the right length in case they shifted a little as I sewed – I just made them all a little longer than they needed to be and trimmed them up at the end.)
Stitch the strips together, sewing through all the layers, with a 1/4″ seam.
Press the strips open.
Lay the next strip of fabric on top of one of the strips you just pressed, right sides facing, and line up the raw edges. Sew this strip in place with a 1/4″ seam, sewing through all the layers. Press the strips open.
Repeat these steps to add the remaining strips to one end of your mug rug.
Once all the strips are stitched and pressed, trim the ends. I drew a line, using the edge of the batting underneath as a guide, then folded the ends of the backing fabric out of the way so I wouldn’t accidentally cut them and trimmed the strips along the line. You can wait until you’ve added all the strips to trim the ends, but I found it easier to see what I was doing if I trimmed only half at a time.
Continue adding strips to the other end of the mug rug the same way, trimming the long ends when you’re done.
Fold the free edge of the backing to just meet the edge of the batting and sewn strips, then fold again to cover all the raw edges.
Sew all the way around, close to the edge, to hold the binding in place.
All done, and much better than a ratty potholder!
This is a great project for using up scraps, and you can make the mug rug any size you want. It would be cute to make a holiday set with novelty prints, or use solid colors for an ombre look.