Cuppa Tea Mug Rug »
InstructionsI made the first mug rug as an experimental project and learned a lot from it. Needle-turned applique worked well for the big applique pieces - the teapot, cup and saucer. Raw-edged applique worked much better for the small pieces such as the gold band around the teapot, handles and top of teapot.
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Whimsical, Cute, Casual, Romantic
I made two mug rugs and used 1 fat quarter for the appliques and binding, half a fat quarter for the backing, two 5" charms for embellishments and batting, along with Steam A Seam II Lite for the raw-edged appliques. All of these were picked from my stash.
What was your inspiration?
I was inspired by the picture for the project pattern for sale by Angie's Bits & Pieces. It was listed under Craftsy's Beta Patterns tab of Quilting projects/Trending Paid.
What are you most proud of?
I'm very proud of the cuteness of the mug-rugs. I am an amateur at applique and was still successful at making these mug-rugs.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make a transparency of the layout guide on page 2 of the pattern to assist with placement of the pattern pieces. This worked really well for me.
Use raw-edged applique for the entire piece or needle-turned applique for the larger pieces and raw-edged applique for the small pieces.
I found it was easiest and fastest to use a running stitch for the embroidery for 'Cuppa Tea' and the tea pouring out of the teapot. On my first mug-rug I used a daisy chain for 'Cuppa Tea' and that took too long and was a little hard on my aging eyesight.