How to sew a mug rug with fabric scraps Nancy ZiemanHere’s an ideal summer sewing project—colorful mug rugs! Create the reversible coaster from your fabric stash; then sit down to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a friend. 

Supplies, Notions, and Fabric:


  • Each single mug rug requires:
- Four fabric squares cut 4″ x 4″
- Two interfacing squares cut 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″
- One fleece square cut 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″


  • Cut four squares each measuring 4″ x 4″ from four fabric scraps.

  • Cut one square of fabric 7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ for the back.
  • Cut one square  7-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ from the fleece and two same-sized squares from the interfacing.


  •  Join pairs of squares, right sides together, using a 1/4″ marked seam allowance,.

  • Press seam allowances open.
  • Align the center seamline, right sides together, and pin the two pair together.
  • Join fabrics using the 1/4″ marked seam allowance.
  • Press seam allowances open.

  • Use the Carefree Curves template to trace a circle onto the stacked fabrics. 

  • To create the top of the mug rug, layer pieces in this order:
    1. Fleece, adhesive side down
    2. Sewn Four-Patch, right side up
    3. Interfacing, adhesive side up

  • For the mug rug back, layer pieces in this order:
    1. 7-1/2″ fabric square, right side up
    2. Interfacing square, adhesive side up
  • Stitch directly on the marked lines of both the top and bottom sets.

  • Trim excess fabric 1/8″ past the stitching line using a pinking rotary cutting blade, on both top and bottom pieces.

  • Use scissors to trim away excess interfacing, leaving 1″ of interfacing.

  • Turn the interfacing to the wrong side.

  • Carefully, smooth the circle edges with the turner.
Note from Nancy: Notice that the adhesive side of the fusible fleece is facing you as you smooth the interfacing. We’ll use this adhesive to fuse the top and bottom circle shapes together in the center of our final mug rug. Be mindful of the adhesive during the next pressing step.
  • Press the curved edge along the interfacing only, of both the top and bottom sections.

  • Layer the two circles, wrong sides together.

  • Press.

  • Position and set the seam guide to allow you to stitch a consistent edgestitch around the circle.

  • Stitch in the ditch, sewing along the seams. If needed, use a fabric scrap to start the stitching onto the mug rug. Cut away extra fabric when stitching is complete.

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