How to Make a Striped or Patchwork Mug Rug

Who says quilts are just for beds? Bring a little color to your table or work space with these tiny works of art. This project is a great way to use up fabric scraps and is a perfect way to show off your favorite cup or glass. Instructions include two variations – one with stripes and one with checks. 

Patchwork Mug Rug #1 and #2

Materials to make a Mug Rug:

Step 1) Piece the top.

Striped Mug Rug

Cut a 2 1/4″ x 7″ rectangle from each of the five fabric scraps.

How to Make a Mug Rug

With right sides together, sew the long edges of the rectangles together; press the seam allowances open.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Patchwork Mug Rug

Cut a 2 1/4″ x 9″ rectangle from each of the five fabric scraps.

With right sides together, sew the long edges of the rectangles together; press the seam allowances open.

Cut the striped block into four 2 1/4″-wide strips.

How to Make a Mug Rug

How to Make a Mug Rug

Rotate every other strip, then sew them together to make a patchwork design; press the seam allowances open.

How to Make a Mug Rug

How to Make a Mug Rug

Step 2) Assemble the “quilt sandwich.”

Cut a 7 1/2″ x 9″ rectangle of backing fabric.

Cut a 7 1/2″ x 9″ rectangle of batting.

Cut a 2 1/2″ x 44″ strip of fabric for the binding

Place the backing fabric right side down. Place the batting on the backing fabric. Place the patchwork rectangle on top, right side up (wrong side down).

Pin the “sandwich” together to keep the pieces from slipping.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Step 3) Quilt the layers together.

Quilting the layers together can be as simple as

  • Stitching-in-the-ditch (sewing on the seam lines)

How to Make a Mug Rug

  • Sewing a cross-hatch design (usually a 1″ grid of diagonal or horizontal/vertical lines forming diamonds or squares)
  • Free-form meandering or stippling stitches (free-hand curved lines or swirls)

How to Make a Mug Rug

Choose your favorite and quilt the layers of your mug rug together.

Tip: For stitch-in-the-ditch quilting, match the line in the center of the foot with the seam line.

Sometimes, after being sewn and quilted, the quilted piece is no longer square. If this is the case, “square up” your block and trim it so all sides are even.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Step 4) Bind your mug rug.

There are a variety of ways to bind quilts and similar items – the method shown here is perfect for beginners because it has just a few easy-to-sew steps. If you prefer a different technique, feel free to replace this method with yours.

Fold the binding strips in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, matching the raw edges. Press.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Select a side of the mug rug to begin binding. Cut a binding strip 1″ longer than this side. For example, if your mug rug is 9″ long, then cut the binding strip 10″ long.

Pin the binding strip to the right side of the mug rug, extending the ends about 1/2″ past the edges of the mug rug, matching the raw edges.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Sew the binding to the mug rug using a 1/4″-wide seam allowance.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Flip the finished binding to the mug rug and slipstitch the edge in place by hand. Trim the ends of the binding even with the mug rug edges.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Repeat, applying binding to the opposite edge.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Cut a binding strip 1″ longer than one of the remaining edges. Pin the binding strip to the right side of the mug rug, extending the ends about 1/2″ past the edges of the mug rug, matching the raw edges. Stitch.

Before folding the finished edge of the binding to the back, fold the 1/2″-long tails around the end; this creates finished edges at the ends of the binding. Slipstitch in place.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Repeat for the opposite edge of the mug rug. Your mug is complete!

How to Make a Mug Rug

How to Make a Mug Rug

Difficulty level: Beginner
Projects: home décor
Techniques: quilting

7 thoughts on “How to Make a Striped or Patchwork Mug Rug

    1. Hi nanners1 — Make sure you’re clicking on the correct link. After you click on the project photo and description on the Home page, you’ll be at a page that has the photo and a longer description. Below the description you’ll see a red, underlined, “Mug Rugs by Stacy Schlyer” link. Click on that and the PDF instructions will open. Jo

  1. Please do the binding by machine….this is a machine project. Sew the binding on by machine as usual the first go around but sew it to the back. Cut the binding a little wider or take the seam a little smaller. This will allow you to sew the second stitching on from the front without catching the back binding in the stitching. Perfectly OK on utility items: mug rugs, pot holders, kid’s quilts.

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