The rugs are the perfect scrap buster since you can create any pattern as long as the pieced top is either the 6"x8" or 6"x9" size. I also piece my backs most of the time in coordinated fabrics making them a two for one look. When I found these on the Internet I had just been given my free motion quilting foot for my birthday. (Loving husband is very supportive and tolerant of my craft/sewing addiction.) This was a terrific size to practice free motion quilting.
You can search Google images for mug rugs and come up with tons of pattern ideas. I made some in smaller versions of traditional quilt patterns and also designed a few myself. Applique and machine embroidery is another way to add a design detail to these miniature "quilt" creations.
A mug rug makes a great gift for anyone who has a desk. I gave them to alot of my teacher friends and family for Christmas.
Here are some pictures of some I made in the past and some new ones I made for my up coming craft fair. So, go right now and dig out your scraps and have some fun creating your version of the mug rug. I would love to see pictures of your creations and ideas/comments.
These are two more traditional quilt patterns I made. The purple flowers are appliqued and the yellow flowers are hand embroidery.
The Scottie dog mug rug is scraps left from a quilt I made. (I will post more about the quilt soon.) This fabric was just tooo cute to throw away any scraps. This is actually the "back", I used the left over pieces from the quilt blocks to make the front side.
I love bright colors. On this mug rug I machine embroidered two flowers in variegated thread. It turned out alot cuter than I thought it would.
Here are 16 mug rugs I made for my upcoming craft fair. All of these were made from scraps only. I used small pieces from quilt blocks, the ends of strips cut for quilts etc. Most of the binding was left over from other quilts I made. I only had to cut binding for 2 or 3.
Green is my favorite color. I paired it with the black scraps to give it a more sophisticated look. This is a simple pattern of different sized strips sewn together in a row.