Halloween is approaching fast and I always feel a mug rug is something you can make quickly for any special occasion. This mug rug pattern comes with free halloween stencils for a bat and a pumpkin. You can download the templates for the bat and pumpkin here. They are very simple applique patterns so that you can make your mug rug in no time at all.
Cutting requirements for the halloween mug rug
two 6.1/2″ squares each of black and peach (or do I mean pumpkin) colour
small amount of interfacing
14″ by 7″ rectangles of backing and wadding
two lengths of 2″ red fabric for the binding and the sashing
Making the halloween mug rug
Take one square each of black and peach fabric and back them with interfacing. Cut out the bat and pumpkin templates (link above) and draw round the bat on the black square and the pumpkin on the peach fabric.
Cut out the two shapes and place them on the fabric squares that haven’t been interfaced – the bat on the peach fabric and the pumpkin on the black. Press them to set the interfacing.
Sew a 6.1/2″ by 2″ strip of red fabric between the two squares to join them together.
Place the backing fabric with right side down. Place the wadding on top and the patchwork on the wadding with right side up. Pin to secure the layers of the halloween mug rug.
In order to hold the applique halloween shapes in place and quilt the layers together I used my darning foot with the machine set to zigzag. For the bat I just stitched around the outline. For the pumpkin I stitched the circle of the outline and then reduced the stitch size to give a satin stitch for the stem.
The markings for the pumpkin to give it depth are simple – mark a point about an inch below the top of the circle and then draw in the lines radiating out from this point. I used straight stitch for these lines.
Bind the halloween mug rug as for a quilt. I did think of adding a face to both the pumpkin and the bat but I have a habit of ruining a project when I try to add too much detail, so I decided to leave it simple.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Hope to see you again soon.