This quick-and-easy hexagon mug rug will sew up in a snap! Don’t be fooled by how simple it is, because the options are unlimited. Try this method to make one, and you’ll find yourself making more for every holiday, season or celebration. Let’s get started!
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- Two 4″ x 15″ strips of different fabrics
- 2″ x 30″ binding fabric
- One 9″ x 10″ scrap of batting
- 9″ x 10″ fabric for backing
- Hex N More Ruler (or any 60 degree ruler)
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat
- Regular sewing machine
Step 1: Cutting the triangles
Layer the two 4″ strips on top of each other, right sides up. Use the Hex N More ruler (or any 60 degree ruler) to cut three triangles as shown above. The ruler can be flipped so that the cut edge from the first triangle can be used as the cut edge for the next triangle, leaving no waste. You should end up with six triangles.
Step 2: Sewing the triangles
Arrange the triangles as shown, with the fabrics alternating.
Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew together the first two triangles on the top row. Repeat with the first two triangles on the bottom row. Press the seams toward the darker fabric.
Sew the remaining top triangle to the top unit, and repeat with the bottom row. Press the seams toward the darker fabric.
Carefully layer the top and bottom rows together and pin the center intersection. The seams will nest, allowing a perfect intersection of the triangle points.
Step 3: Finishing the mug rug
Layer the finished pieced hexie on top of the batting and trim roughly ¼” away from the edges of the hexie, as shown above. Then layer the hexie and batting on top of the backing with the wrong side of the backing fabric up.
Machine or hand quilt the hexie mug rug. This sample has machine quilting one quarter inch away from the piecing lines.
Sew the binding to the back of the mug rug, using a ¼” seam allowance. Press the binding away from the center of the mug rug and fold the binding over to the front of the mug rug. Notice that the corners are created exactly the same way 90 degree corners are: Simply fold the binding back and then down along the next side for easy angled binding finishes.
Machine stitch the binding down to the front of the quilt, folding the corners as you go. I used a straight stitch, but this is a wonderful time to try decorative or zigzag stitches. The fancy stitches also help mask any imperfections.
More creative ideas for your hexagon mug rug
- While this mug rug celebrates autumn, any season or holiday can be celebrated by simply choosing fabrics accordingly.
- Want to make it a little more challenging? Try strip piecing or crazy piecing the triangles before cutting them to shape. Use pieced patchwork or tiny paper pieced units for the triangles. This will add interest and fun.
- Take it a step further and add decorative stitching in the quilting. For example, try spider web arcs on Halloween fabric, add a monogram to one triangle or use a different quilting pattern in each triangle.
- Or go BIG! Use wider strips to enlarge this hexie all the way up to placemat size.