Make an Apple Mug Rug for Your Favorite Teacher! [Free Pattern]

Apple Mug Rug Finished

With the start of the new school year, every teacher deserves a reminder that they are special and appreciated. This quick, easy apple mug rug will delight your favorite teacher and won’t require anything more than a peek into your scrap basket and an hour of your time! Let’s get started.

Supplies needed:

  • Red fabric: 6 scraps at least 1½” wide
  • Background fabric: 6 scraps at least 1½” wide
  • Green fabric: 1 scrap at least 1½” wide
  • Batting: One scrap at least 8″ x 9″
  • Backing: One scrap at least 8½” x 9½
  • Binding: One strip at least 34″ long
  • Matching thread
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Regular sewing machine
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Cutting instructions

Step 1:

Apple Mug Rug Red Strips

Cut the six red scraps into 1½” x 5½” strips and arrange them side by side as shown.

Step 2:

Applue Mug Rug Cutting Instructions

Cut the green leaf fabric into three 1½” squares.

Cut the background fabrics into the following:

  • One 1½” x 8½” strip for the bottom
  • Three 1½” x 5½” strips for the sides and top left strips
  • One 1½” x 3½” strip for the top right strip
  • Five 1½” squares for the corners and top middle

Arrange the strips and squares as shown above.

Sewing instructions

Step 1:

Apple Mug Rug Sewing the Squares

Layer all of the fabric as shown above. The background and green fabric should be right-sides together with the red fabric. They will line up evenly with the end of the strips.

Sew the diagonal lines that you can see above. Notice the direction that the diagonal sewing line is on each of the strips. I used dark thread to demonstrate the sewing lines, but you will want to choose a thread that matches your background fabric.

Step 2:

Apple Mug Rug Trimming the corners

Once all of the diagonal lines are sewn from corner to corner on each of the squares, use a ruler and rotary cutter to trim away the extra corner ¼” away from the sewing line as shown.

Pressing the strips

Apple Mug Rug Pressing the Strips

All of the squares will be folded open and pressed. The seams should be pressed toward the red or green fabric.

Note: The red strip that has the leaf fabric sewn to it should be pressed toward the green fabric. This will make piecing the strips easier, as the seams will nest.

Sewing the strips

Apple Mug Rug Sewing the Strips

Begin by sewing all of the vertical strips together lengthwise using a quarter-inch seam allowance. Then sew the top strips together into one strip. Sew the top and bottom background strips to the apple strips.

Finishing the mug rug

Step 1:

Apple Mug Rug Layered with Batting and Backing

Layer the mug rug on a scrap of batting and trim the batting ¼” larger than the mug rug. Layer the mug rug and batting on top of the wrong side of the backing fabric and trim it ¼” larger than the batting.

Step 2:

Apple Mug Rug Quilting Threads

Choose coordinating threads for the red apple, green leaf and background fabrics. Use a simple straight stitch to outline each shape. 

Apple Mug Rug Finished

Step 3:

Cut a binding strip at least 34″ long. Bind the mug rug as you would any quilt.

Now that you know how fun and fast this little mug rug is, stitch one up for every teacher in your life. It will be sure to put a smile on their face for the new school year!

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