Summer Mug Rug

Novelty fabrics make unique projects. Add some variety to a mug rug by substituting some embroidery with fabric.

The Summer Mug Rug 2 by Oma’s Place is so cute. I had some novelty beach fabric in my stash and decided to have a little fun.

The project is done entirely in the hoop, starting with fusible fleece.

Placement lines show just where all fabrics are placed and stitched. Pressing fabrics open after stitching and fuse to the fleece.

Fussy cutting the sky fabric meant I did not have to stitch out the seagulls.

Accent quilting adds interest. By offsetting the birds, there was room to embroider the sun in the upper right corner. I opted to not stitch the sand castle and bucket so that I could move the text down and keep the sky area open.

And with an ingenious method of assembling the back, there is literally no hand stitching. One edge of a back piece is pressed down and a strip of fusible Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 is added so that when the piece is turned right side out, you can fuse the seam closed.

The back edges are overlapped and stitched to the mug rug at the end.

The finished product is so darn cute, you will probably make several, because everyone will want one!