Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mug Rug Blog Hop: Day 1

This week we're hosting the Mug Rug Blog Hop!
In celebration of fall, a season filled with mugs of apple cider, tea, and even hot cocoa, we have four different bloggers sharing a mug rug design they've created with one of our new fabric lines. 
BYOM (bring your own mug), but we'll provide the mug rug inspiration, as well as fabric giveaways! 

First up is Chris from made by ChrissieD, who was super excited to work with Amanda Murphy's Sewing Room line (including the coveted Bernina sewing machine print! Chris lets the adorable fabric do the work in her mug rug, and then adds a cute detail to the back. Scroll down to see! After you've checked out her tutorial, head over to her blog to enter for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Sewing Room for yourself! 

Hi, I'm Chris Dodsley of made by ChrissieD, a sewing teacher in Manhattan and VP of the NYC Metro MOD Quilt Guild, blogging about my textile crafts and travel adventures.  I love to share my tips, tutorials and projects on my made by ChrissieD blog, twice monthly newsletter and various social media sites including FacebookInstagramPinterestTwitter and Flickr.

It's Day 1 of the Mug Rug Blog Hop and today I'm showcasing Amanda Murphy's Sewing Room collection for Contempo.


The Sewing Room collection of 28 fabrics includes spools, scissors, dresses, tape measures and more.  The sewing machine fabrics are available in two versions WITH and WITHOUT the Bernina typed logo (compare above two images) - the Bernina logo version is available ONLY from authorised Bernina dealers.  All fabrics in the collection are 100% cotton.

Finished size 8" x 4-3/8"

The Sewing Room Mug Rug is the perfect size for a mug of your favourite beverage and a handful of delicious biscuits or cookies or even a slice of cake - just what you need to give you an energy boost before you carry on stitching your latest project.

Supplies Needed:

All fabric sizes are width x height and Benartex fabric codes are in italics.

4" x 4-3/8" - Spools White 3404-09
7/8" x 4-3/8" - Tape Measure Grey 3408-11
4-1/8" x 4-3/8" - Sewing Machines Red 3400A-10 without Bernina logo

8" x 4-3/8" - Scissors Aqua 3402-84
8" x 7/8" - Tape Measure Grey Selvedge Edge 3408-11

Batting - 8" x 4-3/8"
Binding - 30" x 1-1/8" Tape Measure Grey Selvedge Edge 3408-11
Thread - Aurifil Variegated 50 wt  #4663 Baby Blue Eyes
Water-based glue stick

Mug Rug Front
Sew the 3 front sections together using a scant 1/4" seam allowance,

press seams,

and trim edges to straighten.

Mug Rug Back
Mark a line 3/8" from the bottom edge of the back. Press edge of selvedge back so only the first row of numbering and grey solid line are visible alongside the selvedge text.

Slip a sheet of paper behind the fabric strip and under the pressed back section of selvedge as shown below and run a water-based gluestick along this edge.

Place the bottom edge of the selvedge strip along the previously drawn line.

Press to set the glued edge.

The unglued edge can still be lifted.

With unglued edge lifted, sew down the length of the pressed line to secure selvedge to back with a stitched line.  Trim excess selvedge away at both ends.


Top-stitch down the length of open selvedge edge.  My top stitch is the blue line along the very edge of the selvedge text.

Lightly spray baste the back section,

and lay on batting.

Spray baste front section,

and attach to the other side of the batting.

Quilt through 3 layers.

Finishing Touches
Bind the quilted piece using your preferred binding method.  I've used a single fold binding that is only 1/4" finished width and perfect for mug rugs and small projects.  In the giveaway today on my blog, I've included my Single Fold Binding Tute.


I hope you've enjoyed my day on the Mug Rug Blog Hop and want to make your own Sewing Room Mug Rug.  Head over now to my made by ChrissieD blog for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of Sewing Room fabric and, of course, I'll be sharing my Single Fold Binding Tute with you too.  Looking forward to meeting you there! Chris :D

Make sure to catch all of the tutorials in our Mug Rug Blog Hop!
Tuesday: Chris from made by ChrissieD featuring Sewing Room
Wednesday: Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts featuring Wings
Friday: Alison from Little Bunny Quilts featuring Kitchen Love

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  1. Oh my! I haven't mad a mug rug yet. Now is the time. Thank you for the tutorial. I am in love with this collection.

  2. I love your idea of fitting the mug rug into the tray...less chance of tipping and spilling! (Can you tell I'm a klutz?!)

  3. So darling. Every Sewist will want one of these!!

  4. Perfect gift for quilting buddies anytime or X-Mas🎄

  5. What a cute mug rug! The tutorial was quite helpful!

  6. So pretty mug and great idea to put it in the tray.Thanks for the tips!

  7. I am such a mug rug fan and I really like this one. Thanks.

  8. Love it, super cute, I have to make this one Now!

  9. Fun, fun fabric. Hmmmm..... Christmas presents?

  10. What a sweet mug rug - thank you for the tutorial!

  11. So cute! Do really like the idea of a tray...hmmm...yes, Christmas presents!

  12. Love the fabric and mug rug and delicious hob nobs - now need to find some little trays :)

  13. I love how you put your mug rug INSIDE a tray. I'm not to be trusted with open containers of liquid near fabric, but this would certainly help, haha.

  14. Thanks for the ideas!

  15. I follow Sew In Love by email and Bloglovin.

  16. I need one that size ... to limit my consumption of cookies! =) Thanks for a great idea for using these fabrics.

  17. Great mug rug. Going to get some of that nice fabric! Thank you.

  18. Fantastic! Thank you! Can't wait to make one of these.