I’ve always thought that the phrase March Madness applies to the heady feeling that March brings – winter is almost over and all the spring flowers are promising summer to come. This year, I think that the ‘madness’ part must apply to all the dreadful weather extremes that seem to be happening everywhere. Anyway, I have designed this mug rug with the March Hare in mind. It measures 15″ by 8″, giving you plenty of room for your coffee mug and a cupcake or an apple. The applique shapes are of the mad hatter’s hat and the march hare. Although I can’t help thinking that my hat looks a bit like a teacup and saucer – OK, maybe it came from the mad hatter’s tea party!
6.1/2″ squares: two red, two light background, two bondaweb
6.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strips: three red
15.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strips: two red
15.1/2″ by 8.1/2″ rectangles: one each of backing and wadding
I’m sure that you are much better at drawing than I am, but if you want to see the applique templates that I drew click here.
Making the front of the mug rug
Iron a square of bondaweb or similar fusible interfacing to the back of the red squares. Print and cut out the applique templates in paper. Trace the pattern on to the bondaweb and cut out. Place one applique shape in the middle of each of the light background squares and press to fuse in place.
Sew the three 6.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ red rectangles on either side and between the applique squares.
Sew the 15.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ red rectangles to the top and bottom. That completes the top of the march madness mug rug.
Layering the mug rug
Lay the wadding down with the backing fabric on it, right side up. Lay the patchwork on top of this with right side down.
Sew the three layers together on three and a half sides, leaving a gap to turn the mug rug right side out.
Clip the corners to reduce bulk and turn the mug rug right side out, pulling it out through the gap in the stitching.
Slipstitch the gap closed.
Finishing the march madness mug rug
I have used a zigzag stitch to sew the applique in place. I have used black thread so that the outlines would show up and also so that I could shade in some aspects of the applique, like the inner brim of the hat and the hind legs and face of the hare.
In addition to the applique, I also sewed normal straight stitch along the seams between the red strips and the background squares. That just holds everything in place.
That completes the March Madness mug rug. Time to pour that cup of tea or coffee!
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