I make quite a lot of coffee coasters – they are great for using up scraps and are always useful. But they can be fiddly to make. I think that a mug rug is not only more easy to make because it’s slightly bigger, but also far more useful. If you haven’t come across mug rugs before, they are coasters with space for both your coffee mug and your snack to accompany the coffee.
I’ve made this patchwork mug rug with two star shaped blocks that have the colours reversed.
Each block is a simple nine patch and the pair of them use five 2.1/2″ squares in each colour and four 2.7/8″ squares in each colour. You will also need rectangles about 13″ by 7″ of backing fabric and wadding and a 2.1/2″ strip of fabric about 40″ long for the binding.
Making the mug rug
The half square triangle units are made by placing together a coffee and a cream 2.7/8″ square with right sides facing. Draw a line along the diagonal and sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line. Cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. You need eight of these in total – from four squares of each colour.
Lay the squares out in three rows of three squares. One block has the colours reversed from the other one.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to make two star blocks which are negative images of each other. Sew them together to make one rectangle 12.1/2″ by 6.1/2″.
Cut rectangles of wadding and backing fabric slightly larger than the patchwork panel and lay them down with the backing fabric right side down then the wadding and then the patchwork with right side up.
Stitch along the seam lines (stitch in the ditch) to hold the layers together, baste around the edges and trim the excess wadding and backing fabric.
Cut a 2.1/2″ wide strip of contrasting fabric across the width of fabric to use as binding. Press in half along the length and sew to the patchwork mug rug as for any quilt binding.
Flip the binding to the back of the mug rug, slipstitch in place and make yourself a coffee to try out your new mug rug.