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Hey there Hot Dish!

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!


Scrappy Bias Tape

While this really is not “bias” tape it is tape that you can use for all sorts of finishing.  I have an entire box of scraps cut to this size so I can grab and stitch and make this up in advance.  It will add a little kick to just about anything!

This also makes for a good sewing exercise for the beginner and something you can do with your kids to practice straight sewing and ironing.

Level: My kids could do it 🙂

Time: Not much, the more you make the longer it takes


Scrap fabric cut 3″ wide by various lengths



1. After determining how many feet or yards you need of tape, gather enough scraps for the project.  Personally, I like to make up lots of this at one time and keep it on hand for later projects.

2. There are 2 ways to stitch the fabric scraps together. The best way to minimize the bulkiness in the tape is by sewing the pieces together perpendicular.  Place 2 scraps right sides together perpendicular to one another (see the photo below).

3. Stitch diagonally across the fabric then clip excess fabric.

4. Press the seam open. Continue adding scraps in this manner until your tape is as long (or longer) than needed

5. With wrong side up, fold the long edges in towards the middle. Press.  Using a light water mist from a spray bottle helps the folds stay nice and crisp.

Beginner tip: You may start by ironing the strip in half so you have a center fold. Then iron each long end in towards this fold. As you do this more, you may find you do not need to create the center fold.

6. Now fold again down the center so the folded edges meet. Press.

You’re done….that’s right, your done 🙂