Category Archives: Mug Rug

Origami Pinwheel mug rugs: A tutorial

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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 :)

A new Project

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In life, one comes across various kinds of quilting projects.

First, there are projects that you like and you wish you had made one similar to this.
Second, there are those that inspire you, YOU file them safe somewhere at the back of your cranium and one day during a lazy evening walk it turns into something inspirational and a new idea emerges.
There is yet a third category of projects, which when you see them, you want to jump up and grab your laptop screen. These make you feel like you should leave everything else and start making one right away.

My current project belongs to the third category. A little background story on the discovery. I was late to post for WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and when I did get to see the post, I found it to be a guest post by Jenelle from Echinops and Aster. I looked at Jenille’s blog and realized that like me she loves crochet, hexagon EPP, hand embroidery and is an amazing quilter. I am just learning all of this so love the fact that Jennile and I have similar likes and this gives me an opportunity to learn from someone, who like me, most probably, is torn between hand projects and machine quilting. I also discovered that she is having a quilt along and I have happily volunteered to join in.

Honeycomb Stitch-Along

In her guest post she had mentioned a particular fusion crochet project and that was my object of affection, right there in front of me. My craving for an ongoing hand project seemed to be satiated the moment I saw this and before the sun turned sides, a beautiful mug rug had emerged. I am long due on a gift fro my friend’s 21 month old. This is definitely going to her son.

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Lily's Quilts

The original pattern inspiration is from the crochet blanket at Sewing Daisies.

A hot pad or a mug rug…

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I love the colours in the mug rug/hot pad(am yet to decide if its a mug rug or a hot pad). The yellow, I think, looks lovely in the afternoon sun and the hexagon flower is one from my collection that would have made it to the grandmother’s flower garden quilt.

I quilted the background first, with batting and backing…a new technique for me and am glad the lines turned out all parallel to each other. The flower was the last to get added, completing it with a white border…wanted the border to be subtle so the flower would stand out, not the border !

This makes me feel how the simple paper pieced hexagon flower can be so versatile. So am back to my paper piecing of white hexagons to complete the grandmother’s flower garden quilt. It required almost 600 white hexies and I am around 100 at present.

Connecting to Sew Modern Monday !

A happening weekend

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My cousin came over this Saturday afternoon. She has been in Mumbai for a couple of months now and her busy student campus schedule has hardly given her time to move out of campus. As she is leaving for our home town this Monday so she decided to come over and meet us. What a relief to see family and how one just enjoys their company… So all said, a lovely weekend.

I made her this mug rug…it was half finished on my design wall and she just loved it. so I added some border and off it went.

Family meets are also characterized by relaxing good tasting meals:

Spaghetti with mutton peperoni along with Karachi biscuits breakfast. A friend got these Karachi biscuits from Hyderabad…they are extremely fattening and hence, possibly taste great !

simple Indian Chicken curry, rice and boondi raita for lunch and cold coffee with banana muffins for the evening.

Then finally followed by some raisin and chocolate muffins for kiddos tiffin to school over the week. The recipe is the same as my chocolate chip muffins..just added a few raisins to it.

Mug Rug Swap Adventure 2

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I received my mug rug today from the Mug Rug Swap Adventure 2…I am on cloud nine! This is the first swap I have participated in and I am extremely pleased to receive this from my swap partner, Sonia. She has added a crocheted dish cloth and book mark along with the mug rug.

Mug Rug Swap Adventure 2


The mug rug is absolutely adorable.What really reflects her skill is that the binding is perfect, all squares match, the metered corners just turn the way they should and the back fabric has actually continued to become the binding. Love it !
The dish cloth of course is too good to be a dish cloth…I am just going to treasure it and put it up on the wall to show off to my friends :) Have already started using the book mark for the book I just started reading.Thank you Sonia for the lovely things …