December 20, 2016

No binding mug rugs

Remember those leftover blocks  you did not know what to do with? Forget potholders! Enjoy their beauty every day in your studio, office, orby the couch after you transform them into mug rugs.

Mug rugs absorb water, prevent spills, and add color to your day. As you read my previous posts you will see I am a big fan of them. I hope my friends are, too, because I made these for them this Christmas.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make mug rugs without binding:

This four-patch was made with 2-1/2" squares a while ago. Find a block in your stash...

... add borders to sides then top and bottom (these borders are 1-1/2" wide)...

... flip block with wrong side facing you, place a piece of batting of the same size over it, and place both layers on the backing fabric, RST.

Sew a 1/4" seam around the block leaving a 2" opening (I back stitch at beginning and end of seam so when I flip block the seam will not rip). Trim corners to avoid bulk.

Turn blocks inside out, pin and hand stitch (using Aurifil monofilament thread) to close the opening. Press and quilt with the walking foot.

I chose two more blocks from my stash and made 5 mug rugs. The top two blocks are from the Farmer's Wife book - I gave up that project after making these two blocks... (yep, call me chicken).

Skipping the binding is a good idea when you use blocks from projects you made a while ago. You may not have anything that would look OK as a binding at this point.

There you have it. I used this same method to finish small and large quilts (I made a two-sided flannel quilt and finished it the same way). Give it a try!

Enjoy your day,


  1. What a great idea! Thanks, Denise! These will make great stocking stuffers for my fantastic daughters-in-law! Merry Christmas!

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  3. Do I have to use batting or can I substitute interfacing for body?? This will be great for tea and toast in the morning Thanks


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