A Christmas Mug Rug

Yes, Christmas is over, but I had so many projects that I didn’t finish that I have decided to keep sewing Christmas projects!

With that said, I have to admit, I made this project a year ago! My New Years Resolution is to finish a bunch of unfinished projects. One of those unfinished projects is to blog about a bunch of projects I’ve done but haven’t shown you! There’s also kids projects to do and quilting projects…. The usual!

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This project may look a little familiar… I used extra blocks from my Christmas Quilt to make it!  Every year we have a Dirty Santa/White Elephant (what do you call it?) gift exchange at our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Christmas Party. I wasn’t sure what to make. Then as I was working on my Christmas Quilt, it came to me! A mug rug with the cute little blocks!

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First I made the top by using quilt as you go. But I didn’t add the quilting between the different fabrics. So is it really quilting as you go? hmmm.. I sewed the pieces down onto the batting!

Then I added the back fabric. I cut the back fabric about 3/4″ larger then the front on each side. When I did the quilting, I stayed away from the edges.

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Then I turned the back fabric over a quarter inch, ironed it flat, then folded over to the front of the mug rug and stitched it down.

I know there are tutorials out there for this technique of a fold over binding, but I was in a time crunch so I made it up as I went along. I need to look it up and see if I actually did it the ‘right’ way or not!

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Then I had to wrap it and give it away! I have a habit of keeping things I get or make for exchanges, but not this time!

You can also use insul-bright batting to make your Christmas Mini a potholder or a hot pad. Here’s a tutorial I made for pot holders!

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And are you wondering what I got?? I got these awesome pot holders! They are perfect! I love them so much and was so excited to unpack them again this year! Allison, who makes a ton of amaxing things including the cutest clothes ever, made them!

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Have you already put away your Christmas fabric? Or are you getting ahead on next years Christmas sewing like I am???

Christmas Pot Holder Tutorial

So today let’s take yesterday’s quilt block and turn it into a mug rug or pot holder!! Who doesn’t need a pot holder? Especially with all the holiday baking?? mmmm!

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I recently started making pot holders for gifts and realized they are so simple!! And fun! And prettier than the ones in the stores!

I’ll show you how simple they are to make!

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For the materials, you’ll need your front and backing fabric, a piece of batting and a piece of insulated batting. All these thing are available at the shop, so come on in and we’ll get you are ready!  For the front of mine, I used the tree block I described here.

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Stack your pieces. Start with the backing right side down, then your insulated batting (follow your insulated batting directions, but mine specifies to have the insulated side facing the heat source so I have mine stacked with the insulated side down), then the batting and lastly your top with the right side facing up.

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Quilt the pieces together

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Trim. I made mine a 8×8 inch pot holder, but you can make it any size you’d like.

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Cut your 2″ binding and add an additional 3 inches to your binding piece. This additional 3 inches is for your hanging hook.

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Make your hanging hook. Fold the 3 inch piece in half, right sides together and sew a quarter inch seam. Then flip right side out. Done!

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Add your binding. And don’t forget to insert the hanging hook at the top side while you are adding on the binding.

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And it’s done! It also works for a mug rug…

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And the real question… Are you going to keep it? Or give it away?

A Rainbow Christmas Flag

Yep, I’m still going on with the Christmas presents I made. Well, kinda. This is another one that ‘Santa’ made!

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Most everything on my son’s Christmas list was super hero related. And he got tons of that. I just didn’t make it. I mean ‘Santa’ didn’t make much of the super hero toys. Mixed in with the super hero toy requests was a request for a Rainbow flag!

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So a rainbow flag he got!

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While I was discussing this project with Santa, I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to do the stick part. Then to my surprise, we found these flags for 19 cents at an office supply store! My son was excited, he has a thing for flags. obviously. And so was I, but I was trying to play it cool, while inside I was jumping up and down with my score!

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I didn’t want to make the flag just a typical rainbow flag, so I knew I needed to come up with a little something different. That’s where the slanted vertical lines come in with the polka dots on each end.

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I sewed the strips together and the folded the seam under and sewed it down.

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A simple project. A loved project!

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