Quick and Easy Gifts: Mug Rugs

Mug rugs are easy projects that stitch up pretty quickly, in the hoop, with little to no finishing. As if that is not enough incentive to make them, they are a gift that will actually be used!

We all love giving gifts from the heart. What is even more significant is when the gift becomes something that can be used and enjoyed. Mug rugs fit that profile. Just add a potted plant, candle, or pretty mug filled with gourmet hot chocolate, candies, or a coffee shop gift card. 

Holiday Favorites

This time of year, holiday themes are popular and make nice gifts for teachers and anyone else you would like to show appreciation.

Some mats are so pretty, they can easily stand alone as a table topper.

This one also functions as a placemat too.

Rich reds really pop against white on this set. If you want to see just how easy it is to create mug rugs from Oma’s Place, check out this tutorial. Designs also include a printable gift card with instructions for use and care of the mug rug.

No fancy Y-seams here. This project stitches up just like applique, connecting pieces as you go. Use a water-soluble, fabric-type stabilizer and your edges wipe away cleanly.

Lace Effects

You might have a hard time convincing people that you made this openwork freestanding lace (FSL) coaster on your embroidery machine.

FSL stitches up so beautifully and is simply adorable. Read this tutorial to see just how easy it is to create FSL designs.

Coffee and Tea

Most of the time, you probably think of coffee drinkers using mug rugs.

Don’t forget about the tea drinkers!