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A Birthday Modern Mug Rug

*All photos in this post may be clicked on to enjoy a larger image.

My sister, Paula, is celebrating her birthday this month and although I had already bought her a present, I decided to make her a little “mug rug” to enjoy as well.

Mug rugs are little mini quilts (usually between 6″ and 9″ in size) which can be used to rest one’s mug of coffee (or tea) on. Some people call these “snack mats” and, I suppose, you could also use them as a mini place-mat for a snack.

This mug rug was made using orange and turquoise scraps from my ever increasing scrap bin. I used a clean white background to set off the colors and quilted it with straight diagonal lines. The design is my own, but it is inspired by a couple of patterns in the Modern Quilting book by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pederson. It measures 7″ X 7″ which is perfect for a mug.

The back is a large scrap of Kaffe Fassett fabric that I love. And of course, I could not resist stitching a tiny label.

This was a fun project that took me less than two hours to complete start to finish. Happy Birthday, Paula!!!


  1. July 16, 2012    

    I’m sure Paula will love it!

  2. Ivy Ivy
    July 17, 2012    

    That is so sweet! 🙂

  3. July 17, 2012    

    That is a lovely little mug rug, and though I have never seen one before, I am now anxious to find one for my own! Excellent job with this!

  4. July 18, 2012    

    How pretty!! I bet I could handle making one of those…

  5. July 18, 2012    

    That looks really beautiful! You must be such a talented mom, I wish I could make something like this…

  6. July 19, 2012    

    These are SO cute 🙂 I love seeing your quilts. That’s a craft I wish I could do!

  7. July 20, 2012    

    How gorgeous is this! Wow…that is so cool.

  8. Cathie Cathie
    July 23, 2012    

    This is so pretty. I may have to make a couple of these just for the fun. Your sister is going to love it.

  9. July 25, 2012    

    What a fun little gift! The colors are so cheerful… and I love your mug!

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