13 DIY Mug Rugs and Coasters for Snacking in Style

checkerboard mug rug

Fact: snacks taste better when served on a handcrafted mug rug. Or at least, that’s how you’ll feel once you stitch these cute coasters and mug rugs.

You might be wondering: what’s the difference between the two, anyway? It’s simple — while a coaster is designed to seat a cup and nothing more, a mug rug is larger, leaving you space for a cup of coffee, a bowl of cereal, cookies or other goodies. Whichever you decide to craft, you can’t go wrong with these free patterns.

1. Batik Braid

batik braid mug rug

Sew strips that look like an intricate braid in this stress-free mug rug. The key is all in the piecing, and you can stitch it fast with Batik precuts.

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2. Flying Geese

flying geese mug rug

Sure, this mug rug is cute and beginner-friendly, but it’s also prime practice for a ton of techniques. Brush up on sewing partial seams, using a pillowcase binding and crafting folded flying geese units.

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3. Holly Jolly Mug Rug

present mug rug

Pair this holiday mug rug with a cup of hot cocoa for the best Christmas morning ever. The 3D rickrack makes it even more festive and eye-popping.

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4. The Big Apple

This scrappy mug rug is sure to be the apple of your eye. It’s the perfect project for summer or fall, and —bonus! — makes an A+ gift for any teacher.

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5. Strippy Scrap-Buster

selvages mug rug

Don’t toss those selvages! Use your scraps to craft a strippy mug rug that’ll commemorate all the fun projects you’ve made.

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6. Crafty Candy Corn

candy corn applique

Thanks to the printable pattern, this appliqué mug rug comes together fast. Make a bunch for your morning pumpkin spice latte, and stitch some coordinating tea towels to match.

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7. Rainbow Rays

rainbow mug rug

Get a crash course in paper foundation and the stitch-and-flip technique, all while sewing a gorgeous rainbow mug rug to boot.

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8. Red, White and Blue

red white blue mug rug

The secret to this quick-stitch mug rug: layers, layers, layers. When paired with a decorative stitch and rickrack binding, you’ve got a pretty piece for your table.

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9. Red Hot Checkerboard

checkerboard mug rug

All those little squares might look time-consuming, but thanks to a fast (and fun) strip piecing method, you can create it in a cinch. Checkmate!

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10. Cozy Up to Fall

fall applique coasters

Yep, you can totally make two cute fall-themed coasters in a single afternoon. These appliqué pieces are fast and festive, not to mention the perfect indoor activity for a chilly autumn day.

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11. A Kitty and a Ghost

cat and ghost pumpkin mug rug

Say hello to a mug rug so cute, it’s scary! It’ll make a boo-tiful backdrop that’s perfect for serving Halloween desserts or other festive fall treats.

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12. Nine-Patch

nine patch mug rug

Sometimes the basics are the most beautiful. Sewing a simple nine-patch block is both beginner-friendly and a fast, fun project for more experienced stitchers.

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13. Tea for Two

tea patterned mug rugs

Mug rugs are a must-have for tea time, especially when they’re as adorable as these. Stitch ’em up using scraps or grab a favorite patterned fabric.

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