October 19, 2012

Mug Rugs ???

O.K.---I made a "mug rug".  I've been seeing postings online about mug rugs for months.  All kinds of patterns, and chatting about them.  Yesterday on Facebook there was another posting related to mug rugs. So, I thought---hey! maybe I'm missing something interesting.  I really should delve into this more----I wouldn't want to miss anything fun to do with quilting! If you want to see what is going on with mug rugs---try typing in Google search: Free Mug Rug patterns....omg! what a variety of patterns.

This particular mug rug pattern posting linked to a bloggers site, and the mug rug is made of fabric selvages. I thought; I have fabric selvages, I can do this.

So, here is a pic. of my Mug Rug in the making:

And the next pic is my mug rug finished. It took about an hour from start to finish. Including hand sewing on the binding.

O.K. it's cute in a way if you like selvage sewing projects, it's square or pretty close to it---to me it looks like a potholder? A mini quilt maybe. --- I've put the teacup and saucer in the picture so you could see what I think it's supposed to be used for---maybe? I wouldn't use it  as a coaster. Aren't coasters smaller?    It's not quite a coaster, it's too large, and if I had a drippy coffee mug, it would be staining those nice white  collectible selvages I used..... It's not quite a potholder, although that would make it more useful wouldn't it? Maybe it's a hot pad??  a tiny table topper? 

I don't get it I guess----So, now I've satisfied my curiosity about making what they call a "mug rug".  (No, I won't be making more----) Have you made a mug rug, and what do you use it for?


Shelley: the Dread Pirate Rodgers said...

I think the concept of the "mug rug" is to have a coaster for your hot beverage plus space on the coaster to put your cookie/muffin/treat.

Personally, I'm not into them myself but think of them as another way to use up those smaller sized scraps creatively.

Cassandra said...

I've not made any mug rugs but I am intrigued by the concept. I was laughing at your descriptions. lol. Yours is very pretty!

LC said...

I've only made one mug rug, and it was fun to make and it turned out cute. I usually put my tea cup and a banana on it in the afternoon for a snack. I think I've been drinking way more tea than usual so I can use the mug rug. They're not strictly useful, it's kind of like you had to invent a reason to use this tiny little quilt. But it's good enough for me. I think they're cute and I'll probably make more.

onlymehere said...

I don't plan on making any as I don't drink from a mug. Maybe it could be used under a plant that the pot maybe scratches a table? Your's turned out really cute though!

Barb and Sharon said...

I made a mug rug for a friend who was recovering from surgery. She loves Hello Kitty so I made her a Hello Kitty mug rug. Funny thing is she hung it up because she didn't want it to get dirty from her mug!

Purple Pam said...

I am not sure of the alure of mug rugs either. I look at them and think they are cute mini quilts. Most of them are always pretty colors. I like your selvage strip one. Very creative. I use a coaster for my mug - a purple coaster that a friend made and sent to me. DH keeps trying to steal it away from me so I HAD to make him his own coaster. His coaster is now stained from coffee drips, spills, etc.