Monday, March 28, 2011

Mug Rug Tutorial :: Scrappy COLORBLOCK

Welcome to Mug Rug Madness Day 9 ~ A huge thank you to Erin for inviting me to be a part of this fun bloggy get together. I have created something very special just for you mug rug fanatics out there. I hope you enjoy making them ( I might have gone a little overboard with pictures, but I hope that you can see each step clearly and you will surely make one just as cool)

Mug Rug Tutorial :: Scrappy Colorblock

This is a great project to use scraps with. I have now made two of them and have only used my scraps to piece the entire top. So pull out your scrap buckets and let's get started.

You will need::
Rotary cutter
Self Healing mat
9 scrap pieces in your favorite rainbow colors
FQ of a neutral solid fabric ( I used Kona Snow)
Please use .25 inch (quarter inch) seams

From each of your 9 color scraps cut 1 piece each measuring 1.5" x 1.5 " Square and  1.5" x 3: Rectangle
You will have nine stacks that look like the picture below.

From your solid neutral fabric cut
9 pieces measuring 1.5" x 2"
18 Pieces measuring 1.5" x 4"
2 pieces measuring 1.5" x 11.5

To sew your first piece, take your colored 1.5" x 1.5" pieces and sew them to the neutral  1.5" x 2" pieces using a quarter inch seam
see the photo below for example.

The pieces you just made now measure 1.5" x 3" take these and sew them to the remaining color pieces that measure 1.5" x 3"
See the photo below

When finished you will have 9 pieces that look like the above photo. Sew your 1.5" x 4" pieces to the tops, and bottoms of these strips to look like the photo below. Still using a quarter inch seam.

After your strips are sewn, line your strips up to checker board the smaller blocks in the strips. The only points that you need to match up are those small 1.5"x1.5" blocks, everything else will fall into place.

Pin the meeting joints if needed before sewing them together. Then sew a quarter inch seam along the entire strip joining the two strips together.

Keep joining each strip in the order you have chosen until you get
something that looks like the photo below.
Your last two pieces are 1.5" x 11.5"
These are sewn to the left side and the right side of your strip picture to finish the mini quilt top.

This is a detail of the graph I have just explained. hopefully
 this makes sense where each piece should go.  (To see this more clearly please click on the photo to enlarge it at any time)

Now that you have everything pieced, square up (or rectangle up) :) your block. This can be any size within the parameters. I squared mine up to 9" tall and 11.5" wide.

After you have squared up your block. Sandwich it with batting and backing to make a mini quilt.
Pinn everything into place and quilt the mini block in what ever pattern you desire. I personally think the straight line quilting looks best but of course I had to practice a little stippling to. ( I really need the practice)

Square up the sandwich , sew on your binding, and stitch the back of the binding to your quilt. I prefer to do this by hand, but your machine will work as well.

The finished product will be this GORGEOUS piece of art!


I hope this is clear, and that everyone enjoys making these perfect little mini quilts.

Don't forget to upload your scrappy colorblock mug rugs to the flickr pool HERE

and stop by Erin's blog post HERE to sign up an win one of the 10 FANTASTIC mug rugs that were shown this week.

Happy Sewing


  1. So cute! I love the bright one with the multi colored binding!

  2. cant wait to try it. Thank you.

  3. They're both beautiful! I love the scrappy binding on the rainbow mug rug.

  4. your pattern is so fun Terri :) love it!

  5. Love the mug rug. I just went through scraps last night that will be perfect for this. Thank you for the awesome tut!

  6. What a great block/mug rug, Terri!!! Love the tute, thanks!

  7. Great job on the tutorial....all your hard work paid off!

  8. I love this mug rug.... and I will definitely be making one similar, esp since I have all those scraps from the Bottled Rainbows QAL!!!

  9. I think this is my favorite in the mug rug madness! So pretty!

  10. What a cool little mug rug - thanks for sharing the technique!

  11. It's a very clear tutorial and lovely mug rug. Thank you for the design.

  12. Your mug rug is striking. Awesome. Great tutorial.

  13. I gasped when I saw your mug rug. I love it. I have the perfect scraps in mind.

  14. WAUH!!!! Love your mug rugs. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  15. Love it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. wow - so beautiful! binding terrifies me, but i think i'll muster up the courage to try this anyway thanks to your super directions.

  17. Love it! Love the fresh springy colors! Thanks for sharing with all of us!
    Jacque in SC

  18. Must! Make! This! Mug rug! My absolute favorite...until tomorrow's tut and post...

  19. What a great looking mug rug. I really like the way you've done the binding. Very cool. Thank you for such a great tutorial.

  20. Love the fabric combos! I need more time to make more mug rugs.

  21. Great tut Terri! Your mug rugs are so sweet x

  22. I love your mug rugs, especially the multi coloured one!

  23. i love this one...thank you for your time witht he tutorialx

  24. Oh I really like this one....I will not be able to do it now but you are bookmarked....thank you so much.

  25. Thank you so much for the detailed tutorial and the various colorways. They will make lovely gifts, although the first one I'll keep. May try Amish colors.

  26. Great tutorial, thank you for your super clear directions! I love the rainbow one. And the scrappy binding too. I love that part!

  27. Thanks for the tutorial. They seem simple and adorable. Hoping to make some for Mother's Day!

  28. HI!
    I am hosting a swap on using your tutorial as a basis. Do you mind if I use one of your graphics in the post? I am linking back to your tutorial and site for instructions in how to make the project.


  29. Thanks so much for this. I just love it!!! Am going to try it today. I love how fresh and modern it is. Also looks do-able.

  30. This is a great tutorial! We'd love to share a link back to your tutorial at! Please let me know if you have any questions about us sharing a link to your project. - Erika

  31. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I have made one of this. Please kindly visit my blog!

  32. Thank you for the tutorial. I have made one of this. Please kindly visit my blog.

  33. Ursula M. (Sewing addict)Saturday, May 05, 2012

    wow great work and tutorial keep up the good work I need the therapy. Sewing of any kind is my therapy.

  34. I am paticipating in a mug rug swap and found you through Two Seconds More. I love this fresh pattern and since I'm new to quilting I love it's easy construction. Your tutorial was so EASY to follow. Great pictures! I'm going on to check your other tuts.


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