Monday, January 13, 2014

New Mug Rug Pattern

While cruising around on the search engines, I found this really cute game board photo and decided to try making it into a mug rug. I am pretty happy with the results and I will give you a step by step below. The pattern will be for sale on Craftsy after I finish the post here.

Here is what you need if you would like to make this little rug.


Scraps of red and white material
Small bit of black felt
Black fabric paint or dye and small paint brush
Sewing Machine
Needle and white thread
Glue ( I used a glue stick) whichever you prefer.
Glad cling wrap or a piece of Wash away backing
Small amount of quilt batting (about 8 inches square)

First. Cut strips of the red and white fabric. 1.25 inches and about 6 inches long. Sew them together alternating the red and white.

Cut these into 1.25 inch strips again.

Sew all these together alternating the colors once again.


Square this up to 3.25 inches by 3.25 inches.

Now cut white strips of fabric.
1- 2.5 by 3.25 inches
1- 2.0 by 3.25 inches
1- 2.0 by 6.75 inches
1- 2.5 by 6.75 inches

Sew the 2.0 by 3.25 inch strip to the right side and the 2.5 by 3.25 inch to the left side of red and white checkered square like this. One side is wider then the other and you will need this extra distance for the pattern to work right.

Now take the last two strips of white and place the 2.5 by 6.75 inch one to the top of the checkerboard and the 2.0 by 6.75 inch one to the bottom.
It will look like this when you are done.

Take the copy of your pattern - You can get this from Craftsy at my pattern store for 3.00. (It also includes this whole tutorial)
Trace this onto a piece of glad cling wrap or I used floriana. Something that you can see the checkerboard through. A piece of paper may work as well and center the pattern over top the checkerboard then trace around the pattern.

Take this same pattern and trace onto a piece of white fabric for the backing. Cut around the entire pattern leaving an extra .25 inches for a seam allowance.

Take good side to good side and sandwich them together. With the back side on the top of the sandwich add you quilt batting to the top. You can cut the shape out onto you batting if you like or just trim it down later. Take to your machine and sew around the outside of this so it looks like the picture below. (well, except for where I ended up having a chunk out :-) )

Leave the bottom open because we will be adding feet yet and need this to be open.
Reach in between the two good sides of the sheep pattern and turn inside out.

This is what he should look like so far.
Now draw the head, ear and tail on with a pencil. Its ok, you won't see the pencil lines later. Take your black fabric paint and paint them in. Let it dry really good before continuing so that none of the paint or dye transfers onto the other parts.

You can paint the front and back.
Now take your black felt and cut out the legs. I made them 1 inch long and .50 inch wide. You can shape the bottoms a bit to round them out.

Pin under your seam on the sheep first.
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Put a tiny bit of glue on the tops of the legs and attach them to the back of the sheep so it is easier to hold them in place while you stitch up the bottom opening.

 Stitch up with white thread. Stitch in the ditch around the little checkered game board and your done!

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Now make yourself a coffee or tea and enjoy your mug rug.