The fat cat thin cat mug rug can be embellished as much as you wish, but I have kept mine very plain – for the moment. I can always go back and embroider the face at some later stage. I have used the fat cats ruler which I have only just come across recently. I thought that the fat cat/thin cat theme might make me think twice about what to eat with my coffee!
Cutting requirements for the fat cat mug rug
I’ve mostly used scraps to make this mug rug, but I began with a 5″ strip of each colour together with a 9″ by 14″ rectangle of both wadding and backing fabric.
Using the fat cats ruler
The size of the cat that you make depends on which part of the fat cats ruler you place on the fabric. When you place the top of the ruler over the strip of fabric you can cut a thin cat, while placing the bottom of the ruler over the fabric gives you a fat cat.
Obviously for this mug rug you need one of each, both cut from the same 5″ strip of fabric. From the background fabric cut three of the same shape – one for each end and one to go in the middle between the two cats. If it matters which way up your fabric is placed, then cut the background pieces upside down so that they will be the right way up when they are placed with the cats. You can choose how wide these pieces are by placing the top or the bottom of the fat cats ruler on the fabric strip.
Sew together the two cats with the background fabric in a row. Square off the ends of the strip so that you form a rectangle.
Sew a 2.1/2″ strip of fabric to the top and the bottom of the strip. That completes the top of the thin cat fat cat mug rug.
Completing the fat cat mug rug
Lay the wadding down followed by the backing fabric with right side up and then the patchwork with right side down.
Sew about 1/4″ from the edge of the rectangle around three and a half edges, leaving a gap so that you can turn the fat cat mug rug right side out.
Clip the corners to reduce bulk and pull the mug rug through the gap, gently pushing out the corners.
Turn the fabric under at the gap, press and top stitch all round the edge of the fat cat mug rug. For the ears of the cats, I used a 2″ and a 1″ square of fabric, backed with interfacing and cut in half along one diagonal. I used a fusible interfacing so that I could press them in place first and then zigzag around the edges of the cats both to highlight the cats and to hold the ears in place.
I haven’t added any embellishments yet, but you could now add faces and tails to the cats – as much or as little as you feel like.
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