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Tree Mug Rug Tutorial

Tree Mug Rug Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Blog | Free Sewing Pattern

Need a last-minute gift? Want a cute, quilted coaster to decorate your winter home? Check-out our new Winter Tree Mug Rug Tutorial! This beginner friendly pattern uses the Foundation Paper Piecing sewing technique. It is a lightning-fast project. Add winter and holiday colors to your home and you have a fun (and dare I say practical?) coaster.

 

Tree Mug Rug Sewing Directions

Let’s get sewing! This tutorial will create one finished 7” x 7” Tree Mug Rug. We worked with the Ruby Star Society Winterglow fabric collection to make this mug rug. Below is a PDF pattern download with all the steps to create this bag.

 

PDF Pattern Download: Tree Mug Rug Tutorial

 

General Pattern Information:

This is a beginner friendly sewing tutorial. All dimensions are written in height x width throughout the directions. It is important to read all the instructions prior to beginning this project. You will need the following sewing supplies; Cutting RulerScissorsRotary Cutter, Cutting Mat, Pins, Iron, Sewing Machine, Clover Point 2 Point Tool (or pointed tool), Add-a-Quarter Ruler, Seam Roller, and a ¼-Inch Presser Foot.

This pattern utilizes a ¼ inch seam allowance unless indicated. Backstitch at the beginning and end of all seams to lock the stitches in place.

 

Materials Needed:

Print a copy of the Foundation Paper Templates on page 5.

3 scrap fabrics for each tree color or scraps.

3 scrap fabrics for trunk color or scraps.

10” x 10” (Layer Cake Size) Background Fabric in Quilters Weight Cotton fabric

One 10” x 10” Fusible Fleece

1/4” light weight two-sided fusible tape - 5”

Note: For foundation paper piecing projects, fabric requirements are estimates. You may use more or less as you create your blocks.

 

Fabric Sides:

Tree Mug Rug Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Blog | Free Sewing Pattern

 

Cutting Instructions:

Foundation Paper Templates

Prepare your fabrics by cutting each fabric piece approximately 1/2” to 1” larger than its matching number section.

Bottom Fabric & Fusible Fleece

Cut to H: 7.5” x W: 7.5” dimensions.

 

STEP 1: Complete Foundation Paper Piecing Templates

You will make one block of each tree size - 1 Small Tree, 1 Medium Tree and 1 Large Tree.

Little Fabric Shop has a sewing tutorial on how to use the Foundation Paper Piecing technique. Use the link below.

Link: Foundation Paper Piecing Sewing Tutorial

 

STEP 2: Assemble Tree Blocks

Sew together your Tree Blocks as shown in diagram below:

Winter Tree Mug Rug Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Blog | Free Sewing Pattern

 

STEP 3: Attach Fusible Fleece

Iron Fusible Fleece to the WRONG side of Top Fabric.

 

STEP 4:

Place RIGHT SIDE of both Front & Back fabric together so that the WRONG SIDE of both fabrics are facing outward.

Tree Mug Rug Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Blog | Free Sewing Pattern

 

STEP 5:

Align all sides of fabric evenly. Pin to hold in place. Leave a 3” gap on one of the sides of fabric as this space will not be sewn.

Tree Mug Rug Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Blog | Free Sewing Pattern

 

STEP 6:

Sew along edge of fabric with 1/4” seam allowance. DO NOT SEW in 3” space marked by pins. Backstitch at beginning and end of seam.

Tree Mug Rug Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Blog | Free Sewing Pattern

 

STEP 7:

Using 1/4” light weight two-sided fusible tape, stick along open space in-line with sewn seam.

Tree Mug Rug Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Blog | Free Sewing Pattern 

Remove the backing & press seams open. Repeat on the other side.

 

STEP 8:

Turn fabric RIGHT SIDE OUT by pulling interior fabric out through 3” gap. Use pointed tool to push out corners. Press fabric to remove creases from turning.

 

STEP 9:

Sew a top-stitch seam along border of mug rug. The seam will have an 1/8” seam allowance from the edge of fabric. Increase your stitch length to 3.5” to 4”. Backstitch at the beginning and end of seam.

Winter Tree Mug Rug Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Blog | Free Sewing Pattern

 

Congratulations! You’re finished!

 

Tree Mug Rug Tutorial | Little Fabric Shop Blog | Free Sewing Pattern 

We would love to see how your mug rug turned out!  Tag us on Instagram @little.fabric.shop and use the hashtag #treemugrug so we can see your project and you can inspire other makers with your work.

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