I drink a lot of tea and always worry about leaving cup marks on tables and furniture. As a result I have quite a few coasters and mug rugs strategically placed throughout my home. With Easter around the corner, let’s make an easter egg mug rug, or two, or ten…..

Materials

  • Easter inspired or Spring coloured fabrics
  • Wadding (fusible fleece, normal fleece, curtain lining, or similar would also work)
  • Templates – my FPP egg block (three different sizes, plus an outline egg) or free egg outline.

Useful tools

Printer, pinking shears plus usual sewing kit including pins, a pair of scissors, sewing machine, and iron.

Preparations

Print out the template you are planning to use; either the simple but very effective egg outline or the FPP egg block.

Making the mug rug – FPP version

If you are using the FPP template, work your way through the various steps to create the egg and if needed, add a border to make it bigger.

Cut wadding and backing fabric the same size as your FPP egg block (including any borders).

At this stage I like to ‘fuse’ the wadding to the front fabric. Iron from the fabric side! A high temperature sort of ‘melts’ the wadding and attaches it to the front fabric. Quilt the front fabric and wadding together, if you like.

Take the front fabric & wadding, and lay it right sides together with the backing fabric. Pin in place. Starting at the bottom side of the egg block, sew almost all the way around, leaving an opening large enough to turn through.

Cut off excess fabrics at the corners to reduce bulk. Turn right sides out.

Pin the opening shut. Top stitch all they way around, closing the opening at the same time.

Press. Done.

Making the mug rug – outline version

Take the outline egg shape and transfer the shape to your backing fabric with a pen. I usually draw approx 1/4″ away from the template. 

Cut a bit outside the drawn line, and then use this as a template for cutting out your front piece of fabric and the wadding.

At this stage I like to ‘fuse’ the wadding to the front fabric. A high temperature sort of ‘melts’ the wadding and attaches it to the front fabric. Quilt the front fabric and wadding together, if you like.

Take the front fabric and wadding set, and lay right sides together with the backing fabric. Pin in place. Starting at the side of the egg, sew almost all the way around, inside your drawn line, leaving an opening large enough to turn through.

Using pinking shears, cut around the egg.

The opening is at the top of this photo, along the ‘long’ side of the egg

Turn right sides out.

Pin the opening shut; fiddle a bit so you get a nice curved egg shape. Top stitch all they way around, closing the opening at the same time.

Again, the opening is at the top of the photo

Press. Done.

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