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!
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
Check out the amazing selection of Batik Charm packs here.
- 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 1: Sewing the strips
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.
Press the strip away from the triangle. No trimming needed until the all the strips have been added.
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.
Continue with each strip, alternating sides each time, until all 15 strips have been added and pressed.
The finished unit will look like this.
Step 2: Trimming the braid
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
Layer the braid on top of the batting and the backing. Use pins to secure the layers if needed.
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!