Let me confess, I do not quilt. I have attempted a quilt or two but recognize that I do not possess the patience needed for quilting. Or maybe I use up my allotted patience with my boys and therefore am left with none for quilting. Right now, I enjoy the project that can be completed within a few hours leaving me with an accomplished feeling.
This need to feel as I have accomplished something probably stems from the chaos of living with 2 toddlers where nothing ever feels accomplished, not the laundry, not the dishes, not the cleaning, organizing, etc. As quickly as one task is checked off my list, the same task is added back to the bottom of the list….
Oh well….these darling Mug Rugs and Hot Dish pads are the perfect project to leave you feeling like you’ve accomplished something today! They make fun little gifts for all occasions, new home, new job, new baby, wedding, or just because! And I LOVE that they put all my beautiful little scraps to work!
Level: If I can do you it you can do it-no quilting experience necessary
Time: About 1/2 hour – 45 minutes per rug depending on size
Lots of scrap pieces cut 1 1/2″ wide by at least 4″ long
2 pieces of fabric for the border about 2 1/2″ x 7″
Backing piece of fabric 7″x7″
Fleece or natural cotton quilt batting for the interfacing 7″x7″
Bias tape (see how here https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/03/07/scrappy-bias-tape/)
1. Select 9-10 of the 1 1/2″ pieces.Stitch them together lengthwise to create a 7″ x 4″ panel.
2. Stitch one border piece to the top (long side) of the pieced section. Do the same with the other border piece and stitch to the bottom of the pieced section. You now have a square approximately 7″ x 7″. Note: if your piece is larger than this, trim to 7″ x 7″
3. Place fleece/batting on the wrong side of backing. With fleece side up place the pieced square WRONG side down on top of the fleece. Pin.
4. Here’s the fun part. Set your stitch length to about 4. Now have fun. As you stitch move the square around creating swirls, zig zag, circles, whatever you want. Have fun with it. If you are more familiar with using a walking foot for quilting please do so. The wavey lines I created here remind me of the bamboo forests in Hawaii.
5. Fold bias tape over the raw edges, pin in place. Topstitch through all layers of the bias tape and quilted square. Fold end of bias tape under so there are no raw edges and back-stitch to secure.
Create a larger pad to use as a Mug Rug, serve tea and cookies on it, use as a traveling mouse pad, trivet for larger pans or mini table runners for your side tables in your living room or bedroom. Get going and be creative!
Shown here at about 13″ x 10″ I made the pieces in the center 1 1/2″ x 5″ long and used 2 extra border pieces about 10″ x 3″
Here’s a sample of a variety of pads I made last night using a very small shoe-box size box of scraps from my studio and whatever material I had on hand at home. I even created a mini pad 4″ x 4″ perfect for a coaster!