Let Batiks Shine With Our FREE Mug Rug Pattern!

Have you always wondered how to sew a braid from strips? Do you have a charm pack that you want to use? Want to try making a fun little mug rug for a friend or yourself? Our Mug Rug of the Month for November is just the pattern to get you started!

Batik Braid Mug Rug

This batik braided mug rug is super simple and will sew together in a snap! You’ll get impressive results for very little time and effort. Let’s get started.

What you need

  • 15 strips cut 1½” x 5″
  • One 3″ square, cut on the diagonal (only need one triangle)
  • One piece of fabric 7″ x 10″ for the backing
  • One strip of binding, 30″ long
  • One scrap of batting, at least 6½” x 9½”

Step-by-step directions

Step 1: Sewing the strips

Batik Braid first seam

Begin by layering the first strip on the triangle as shown, with the end of the strip and the corner lined up evenly at the top. Sew a ¼” seam along the edge of the triangle.

Batik Braid press away from the triangle

Press the strip away from the triangle. No trimming needed until the all the strips have been added.

Batik Braid sewing the second strip Batik braid pressing the second strip

Sew the second strip to the other side of the triangle. This time place the end of the strip evenly with the end of the first strip.

Always press the seams toward the strip that has just been added.

Batik Braid repeat with each strip

Continue with each strip, alternating sides each time, until all 15 strips have been added and pressed.

Batik Braid completed pieced unit

The finished unit will look like this.

Step 2: Trimming the braid

Batik Braid trimming the unit

Position a ruler on top of the pieced unit. Trim the braid unit to 6″ x 9″, taking care to keep the ruler positioned on the braid evenly.

Step 3: Finishing the Mug Rug

Batik Braid layered on backing and batting

Layer the braid on top of the batting and the backing. Use pins to secure the layers if needed.

Batik Braid Mug Rug Quilted in the ditch

Quilt the mug rug “in the ditch” with a coordinating thread. Trim away the extra batting and backing and bind the mug rug. Enjoy your braided mug rug!

Looking for more mug rugs? Check out the other free tutorials from this series

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13 Responses to “Let Batiks Shine With Our FREE Mug Rug Pattern!”

  1. Judy Lee Kiser

    Love your ideals

  2. Hilda

    <strong>Ticket 44785‬</strong> How wide is the binding strip?

  3. Pat

    Love these patterns. The instructions are easy to follow. Looking forward to more patterns for table runners and napkins.

  4. Jean

    Thanks they are beautiful.

  5. Jim Morris

    Patterns are adorable. Thanks

  6. Judy Mansfield

    I love this pattern.

  7. Barbara Staab

    I love batiks


    i just love your free patterns. thanks so much for sharing.

  9. Mary Furnish

    All of these are cute and easy to make. Thanks! I'll make all seven - especially the batik.

  10. Helen Bartosek

    Love batiks!