{Tutorial} Spring Mug Rug

Have you heard about the “Mug Rug Madness” that is going on?

Do you even know what a “Mug Rug” is?
Well I had no idea until I stumbled on Erin’s blog and WON her mug rug giveaway. Yep, one of those mug rugs featured in the above button lives at my house. Gah, I’m a lucky girl! Now I can’t get enough of these little beauties.

Want to make your own mug rug?
You’re in luck because there are 10 different tutorial being posted as part of this madness.

Or maybe win one?
My Spring mug rug along with all of the other mug rugs featured during Mug Rug Madness will be given away. Just go to this post and enter your name.

Well have I got a post for YOU!

Mug Rugs are the perfect ‘mini quilt.’ Excellent for using up your scraps, but not using up all your day making it. In fact, you can put one together in less than an hour.

I *think* these are going to make the perfect Mother’s day gift with a nice mug and a little home baked treat.

Spring Mug Rug Tutorial

Finished Size: Approx. 10″x5″

(1) Backing Piece 7″x12″
(1) Front Piece 5″x10″ {I used Kona white}
(1) Batting Piece 5″x10″
(2) Kite Tops  1.5″x2.25″
(2) Kite Bottoms 1.5″x3″
(3) Kite “Ties” 1″x1″
(1) Heat-n-Bond Strip 1.5″x width
Coordinating thread {I used pink on top, aqua for bobbin}

1. Cut your Heat-n-Bond strip to the appropriate sizes for your kite top/bottom/ties. Iron everything down according to Heat-n-Bond instructions. Then cut each piece on the diagonal to end up with your kite & tie triangles. **You’ll notice in my directions and final piece, I opted to only use (3) sets of ties vs. the (5) shown.**

2. Arrange your kite pieces on the left side of your mug rug {remembering you’ll have a 1/2″ binding strip around the perimeter. Then draw a ‘tail’ for your kite using a disappearing marker and arrange your ties. Iron everything down according to Heat-n-Bond instructions.

3. Place your top piece on bunting. Center top piece/bunting on backing piece. You should have a 1″ border. Pin in place with a few quilting safety pins.

4. “Quilt” your top piece. I started at the end of the tail and stitched up to the top of the kite. Then I stitched around each piece a couple of times and worked my way back to the end of the tail, taking time to stitch around each of the ties as I went. Trim threads, remove pins and iron everything flat.

5. I love using Made by Rae‘s cheater binding for these super small binding projects. It seems to create a cleaner binding and I love that you don’t have to worry about your stitches lining up on the front & back (my pet peeve with stitched on binding).

6. Enjoy your new Mug Rug!! I recommend a venti black iced tea (un-sweetened & un-diluted) from Starbucks as the perfect companion. Especially if brought home to you by your sweets.

Please feel free to make as many little mug rugs as your heart desires from this tutorial so long as they are for you or for gifts. Please do not sale items made from this tutorial. Thanks!!

Also, if you make a mug rug from this tutorial, please add it to the Mug Rug Madness Flickr group. I’d love to see your take on it!

{Thank you to Jeni {In color order}… I borrowed her tutorial ‘template’ which saved my foggy brain from trying to come up with something that made sense ;D.}

Thank you Erin {Two More Seconds} for letting me jump into this madness … I *heart* mug rugs!!


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  1. I love it! The kite is so cute and so clever with the “cheater binding”. I am definitely going to give that one a go!

  2. Ohhh, that little kite is so cute! :)

  3. such a cute idea! I love it!

  4. I just might have to find time this week to make one of these! ADORABLE!

  5. Adorable! I love the binding method too. Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Ahhhh, we are kindred spirits, indeed :-) We both have Mug Rug Fever AND drink SB’s Venti Black Ice Tea – no syrup, no water!

    Very cute Mug Rug – I’m doing “spring” mug rugs for 3 friends and just might have to use your kite pattern – thanks!

  7. this is such a cute idea and a way better alternative to the paper towels I always use!

  8. I love the kite Andrea! So sweet :) & what a great way to bind! tricky;) love it!

  9. Your kite is so sweet, and I love the colours!

  10. Thank you, thank you! I really appreciate the cheater binding method and the link.

  11. Very cool design. Thank you for sharing such a sweet mug rug pattern.

  12. Love the “cheater binding. I’m calling mine “binding express”.

  13. Way to go! I love that it’s a springtime mug rug! Thanks for sharing your clever idea of the kite and especially the ties on the tail! Love it!
    Jacque in SC

  14. Thanks for a great tute – can’t wait to try it out!!!

  15. I just made my first mug rug ever on Thursday night, and really messed up the binding (you can check it out in the Mugrug Madness Flikr pool). but, I’m still soooo proud of it! My next mugrug, I will definitely try that cheater method for the backing and binding. Thanks for a great tute!

  16. So cute and so spring. I think you could have kept a kite up today with the wind! Will try the ‘cheater’ binding.
    Thank you.

  17. I’m so excited to see this post… the timing is perfect…I’m wanting to make one for a friend who is moving away so its great to have your tutorial handy…thank you for sharing!! :)

  18. THIS is the cutest rug mug ever! What a great job you’ve done with the colors and making it feel like Spring. LOVE THIS! Gosh, I would just be thrilled if I were to win yours. Again, great job!

  19. Love this mug rug. Nice idea for the binding. Will try it today…

  20. The mugrugs are darling! I just found your blog – you are a clever little lady!

  21. Quilting is definitely not in my skill set but that is just adorable!

  22. Perfect motif for the March winds. Love it!

  23. This is so cute and perfect for spring. I so wish I could sew.


  24. This is so pretty! (And so spring-y!) I love it! Linking to it on my FB page today! 😉

  25. Love it! I love the red and blue combination.

    I am having a giveaway on my blog. $40 store credit from o&el(etsy) to get a kids drawstring backpack perfect for summer camps or a trip/spring hair accessories.All you have to do is leave a comment.
    check it out.

  26. Wow, I really liked that cheater binding!!! I must try.


  27. Very cute….I think i have to give this one a go…thank you for the tutorial x

  28. That is really cute. I just love it. I host a blog party that opens tonight at 8pm EST. I would love for you to stop by and join the party. Hope to see you there.

  29. simply adorable…….and my favorite colors too.

    Happy sewing

  30. ooh yay!! Love that little quilt. So cute. And thanks for linking up to my tute, so glad you like/use it!!! :)

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