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Happy Birthday Mug Rug


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It's a birthday party! Balloons, ribbons, and a big, cheerful "Happy Birthday". Plop this mug rug on a desk for a surprise birthday gift, roll it and stick it into a cup all tied up with a bow, or pop it into an envelope and send it as a birthday card. This is one card that the receiver will not be tossing away. I made this mug rug in red, white, and blue in memory my dad. He was a WWII veteran whose birthday was in July. He loved these patriotic colors of the flag more than any others. Now, I've learned that a former student serving in Afghanistan is feeling rather down. His birthday comes up soon, so that's where this is heading. Any bright colors will work nicely, and you might want to choose your birthday person's favorite colors. This is a fast little project made with quickly fused applique and a bit of easy embroidery for the balloon strings. Mug rugs are not only just the right size for a drink and small snack, but they will also add a bright splash of color to a coffee table or desktop. If you have any questions or comments, please send an email to me at You are also welcome to check out my facebook page at I would love to see photos of your completed work in the completed projects section of this pattern page. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic quilting skills, fusible web applique SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 7" x 9"

Supplies Needed

  • One 7 1/2 " x 8 1/2 " piece of print or solid fabric for background. One 9" x 11" piece of fabric for backing. Scraps of fabric for applique. 1/8 yard fabric for binding. One 9" x 11" piece of batting. One small piece of fusible web for applique. Thread. Black embroidery floss.

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K Lee 2strings
K Lee 2strings
When I retired from a lifetime of teaching in 2007, I was worried that I'd quickly get bored. That concern didn't last long at all. I was thrilled to discover that there really is life outside of the classroom. I spend parts of most of my days indulging in my favorite hobbies of quilting and sewing. I started designing patterns as an experiment, and no one was more surprised than I was to find that other people liked my little designs. I'm a teacher at heart, so I do try to write my patterns in such a way that beginning quilters can follow them. I include lots of details, photos, and little informative notes. I make myself easily available to my customers, and I respond to all questions as quickly and as thoroughly as I can. Contact Information: Blog:, Facebook Page:, Email: