Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Love Bug Mug Rug

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and here in Minnesota I needed a fun project to brighten up my day. It's soooo gloomy outside. So I spent the afternoon making a couple of 'Love Bug Mug Rugs'. This was a quick and easy project. I dug thru my stash and found a couple of fat quarters, one pink and one blue. (Just for fun!) I was able to make two mug rugs, along with the binding out of these two fat quarters. I found some scrap fabric for the design that matched my fabrics. This goofy bug reminds me of those fun classroom valentines that I received from my classmates. I wish I would have saved some of those cheesy cards from my childhood. I know that if I dig in my closets I will find Valentine's from when my two boys were in school!

Most of my projects use heat n bond lite. It works
best with my sewing machine. Here you can see I have
been cutting out my pieces and laying them out onto my mug rugs.

I use a dark brown thread to do my blanket stitch around my ironed on
pieces. I use a stitch setting of 2.5 for both length and width.
Feel free to play around with you stitch settings to get a stitch
that you like best.

I'm all ready to make the binding. I cut 2" strips from my fat quarters
to make the binding. Of course I will have to sew a few strips together to have enough
length to go around each mug rug.

I'm all ready to do some hand stitching in front of the TV.

Love Bug Mug Rug is a fun little project to give to your family and friends. I'm sure if you dig thru your fabric stash you will find some fun colors to work with. Mug rugs are also a great way to use up batting scraps from those larger projects. So I hope you have some fun this afternoon and find the time to make up some Valentine mug rugs for the sweeties in your life.

Have a wonderful day!
Happy quilting,