Yep, the year is flying by already! We have started traveling, so it pays to be ahead of the game here. I came up with a free pattern to share with you for a Quilted Mug Warmer Gift set.
This easy pattern uses fabric scraps and is actually a great starter project if you have never quilted before. See below for the full instructions!
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For the mug warmer set, I used colorful fabric along with a dark contrasting fabric. Cut the following:
5 different brightly colored fabric each cut (2.5″ x 4.5″)
Dark contrasting fabric cut (10 ea.) 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares
Dark contrasting fabric cut (1 ea.) 4.5″ x 10″ (backing)
1 small elastic hair tie
1 brightly colored button
Small piece of batting
2 different brightly colored fabric each cut (2.5″ x 4.5″)
Dark contrasting fabric cut (4 ea.) 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares
Dark contrasting fabric cut (1 ea.) 4.5″ x 4.5″ (backing)
Brightly colored fabric cut (4 ea.) 1.5″ x 5.5″ (binding)
Small piece of batting
NOTE: Maintain 1/4″ seams throughout this project.
Begin by taking one of the 2.5″ x 4.5″ colored rectangles and one of the 2.5″ x 2.5″ contrasting squares. Place them right sides together. Sew diagonally from top left corner to bottom right corner.
Trim off the outside corner as shown, allowing about a 1/4″ seam.
Open up the sewn section. Press. Then place a second contrasting square (right sides together) on the opposite side as shown. Sew diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner. Trim as before.
Press open. This unit is called a “Flying Geese” unit in quilting terms. For the mug warmer, we need a total of five of these units. For the coaster, you will need two units.
Create a total of seven units for both the mug warmer and coaster. Press.
For the mug warmer, place two units together (right sides together). Sew along the long side of the rectangle, being sure that your colored triangles all face the same direction. The two coaster sections will be sewn together in the same way with the exception that the triangles face opposite directions.
This is how they look sewn together and ready for the next step.
For the mug warmer, place the backing fabric right side up. Position the elastic hair tie on top of the backing fabric on the right side facing in. (Make sure the edge of the hair tie is within the 1/4″ seam line on the very edge of the fabric). Place the sewn together top wrong side up on top. Now sew along three sides, leaving the end without the tie open so that the project can be turned. See above. (Note- the drawing shows where the hair tie is placed, but it will be between the fabric layers).
Flip the entire piece right side out and then press. Cut a piece of batting that is slightly smaller than the finished piece. Use a ruler to push the piece of batting inside the sleeve, then use your sewing machine to quilt it any way you like. (I followed the lines of the triangles).
Once it is quilted, blind stitch the open end to close it.
For the coaster, lay the backing wrong side up. Cut a piece of batting the same size and lay on top. Finally, place the pieced top right side up on top.
Sew along the lines of the triangles to sew all three layers together.
For the binding, with right sides together, sew one of the binding strips as shown above.
Fold that strip open and then sew on the next strip (right sides together). Continue all the way around.
Fold the binding fabric over to the back and blind stitch. (For more binding instructions, see my post on quilt binding).
Finish by sewing a button on the end of the mug warmer.
It definitely makes a great gift on it’s own.
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