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Friday, August 12, 2011

Mug Rug and Mug Cozies

A couple of weeks ago I received a package from Karen at Sew Many Ways - containing 125 red and white 5" fabric squares. I was so excited to participate in my first Fabric Swap and when I opened my parcel, I spent a few days sorting patterns and planning some projects. 

There were several deeper red/burgundy prints with a creamier background, so I decided to use these pieces to make a set of mug rugs and mug cozies.   
Mug rugs are part coaster for a mug and part place mat for a snack.
These mug rugs are about 5 1/2" x 10".  I used 6 different squares, but cut and sewed them together in strips to create one half of the mug rug. The other half of the mug rug was made with four smaller squares and edged with a creamy coloured binding. Lots of machine quilting stitches hold the layers together.

Mug cozies are like a little hug for your coffee, tea or cocoa mugs. These cozies were made with the same fabrics, but this time I used 2 1/2" squares sewn together and then bound on the top and bottom with the accent fabric.
Velcro was added to the tab and the main part of the cozy, in order to secure the cozy when you put it on the mug. The big button was added for a decorative accent. 


I've made appliqued variations of mug cozies, but these were my first attempt at making matching mug rugs!! I know I'll be making more of these!!

Here's a link to the post where I gave details about these appliqued cozies. 

I know it's probably very hot in many parts of the country, 
and HOT tea is the last thing on many people's minds. 
But... I still enjoy a hot cuppa tea every day!! Cheers!!


Kelly said...

How sweet!

Lorraine said...

These are beautiful, Karen! I've never heard the term mug rug. cool. oh and yes, i do think your husband would buy coming to Hawaii for vacation and a side hop for a copic instruction class, lol. well, you never know until you try, haha!

Danielle said...

I WANT THESE! I think I might just add this to my list of things to make! It would perfect for those cool Fall and Winter days that are approaching.

tink's mom said...


Love your cozies with the matching mug rugs. Much easier to mail than a mug rug with a matching rug come the holidays.

I stopped by from Sew Darn Crafty.

I'd love you to stop by my blog selinaquilts.blogspot.com and see my postings from July 5 and July 15 to see how I have combined my stamping with my quilting.


Kelly said...

I love these! I don't quilt, but may have to learn. :)

Jen said...

Holy smokes! I never knew such fabulousness existed before now. These are amazing! Wow!

Anne B said...

Fab projects, Karen. I've never seen mug rugs or cozies before, but what a great idea for gifts. Not too hot here for a hot drink!

Michelle said...

Oh my you are so talented, Miss Karen! These are gorgeous, just gorgeous and ever so clever. Naturally perfect for the person who has everything. Wow!