I love HSTs and then I love charm squares. That need not be mentioned again. You guys know it by now! I have said it a hundred times and more, then again, just one more time… 🙂

I am participating in 2 mug rug swaps and wanted to send my partners some really colourful, spring type mug rugs. While I was browsing through Pinterest, I chanced upon these lovely pinwheels and wanted to make a few. The only challenge being, mine had to be 5″ square. As an experiment I cut all my fabric in 5″ square.

Fabric Requirement for one Mug Rug:
2 charm squares in printed fabric(mine has flowers)
2 charm squares in a single solid(mine are in magenta)
4 charm squares in a neutral solid colour for the base
10 X 10″ batting (I used flannel)
10 X 10″ backing in a solid colour

Process
1. Start by placing one solid charm square on a printed one, right sides together.
2. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of fabric.
3. Sew 2 parallel lines on either side of the diagonal line at a distance of 0.25″ and cut on the diagonal line.
4. Press fabric on wrong side, with extra fabric folding onto darker side fabric. Trim the little dog ears at the end.
5. Similarly make all the 4 HSTs.Turn at the diagonal and press the triangle .

Here are the lovely colourful HSTs. I am making 4 mug rugs in different colours and hence the bunch of candies 🙂

Pinwheel 1

6. Take a neutral charm square(right side up) and align the folded triangle on it such that the corners align. Fold the triangle in half to make a smaller triangle and pin.
7. Do this will all 4 HSTs and neutral fabric. Arrange and check.
8. You can arrange to get a right facing or left facing pinwheel as per requirement(yellow is facing left in the snap below)
9. Join the squares.I typically align the seams in opposite direction to ensure the points align well and there is no bulk at the joints.

Pinwheel 2

10. Prepare the mug rug will lining the top, batting and lower fabric.I lined the pinwheels with a little running stitch in Perle 8 (red) so its contrasting for some and matching with the solid fabric in others. So I get variety and see how each one looks.
11. While pinning, ensure your pins are away from the Pinwheel as they help hold the batting and rear fabric. Also, it doesn’t interfere with your embroidery. Take the border of the Pinwheel as a guide and complete the embroidery ensuring its through all the 3 layers as its the only quilting that the mug rug will have.

Pinwheel 3

Pinwheel 4

Bind and complete the mug rug!!
I tried double binding with 1.5″ straight bias, wanted it to be narrow and tight when folded.

Hope you like the tutorial. Please drop me a line so I can hop over and see if you make a few of them.The idea is to document for self, as I tend to forget the process and not to reinvent the wheel 🙂

What the kid learns!!
My little one learnt about pinwheels, made some origami paper pinwheels while I sewed my mug rugs and we a read a bit about windmills in general.We went through some holiday snaps when we had spotted windmills during our journey.
With each project I try to ensure that he learns something as well 🙂

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