Wednesday, January 5, 2011



If I had to do this over again, I would use 4 different fabrics. I was just doing blocks for a quilt and came up with the mug rugs and then now this table topper. I only have these 3 batiks besides orange and I didn't want to use orange.

Also, my mug rugs can be like a mini placemat so....if you don't want them that big, you can always cut the long strips shorter (as you will see later).

So Let's begin: Mug rugs

You will need 2 strips 6 1/2inches x 2 1/2 inch strips and two 2 1/2 inch squares and a coordinating 2 1/2 inch square. You will sew the middle three together, then the sides.

You will get this.

Next you will need 3 each of 2 coordinating fabrics to match the above square, 6 1/2 inches x 1-1/2 inches. This is where you can cut the strips shorter if you do not want your mug rugs to be that long...but..when doing the table topper you will want the 6 1/2 inch strips.

sew them together and you get this:

Then put the two squares together and you get this:

You will put batting inbetween, quilt as desired and bind as desired.


You will need four of the above mug rug tops (or flimsy)

Like I said, if I had to do it again, I would use 4 different fabrics.

Figure out how you want to place them, sew together and you will get this:

Next, I did four log cabin blocks alternating the fabrics at 1-1/2 inch strips, starting with a 1-1/2 inch square and just adding to the two sides. I did two sets of two alike. So I started with the 1-1/2 inch square, then used the blue fabric, then green, then blue/green, blue and then ended with the green.

As for the other set of 2, I started with the 1-1/2 inch square blue/green, then the green, then blue, blue/green, green, then ended with the blue. Then I placed them where I felt they looked best. YOu can always do yours the same or however you chose. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of the log cabin block. Maybe you can zero in on the left side one.

You will connect 6 each of 2 coordinating - 6 1/2 inch x 1-1/2 inch strips, alternating as with the mug rug. Then place the log cabin blocks on the end. You will want to repeat this row for the other side of the topper.

If you will notice on the table toppeer, I did one row of green and blue/green fabric and then the opposiet side row I did blue alternating with blue/green strips.

Notice that the log cabin block is facing the wrong way on the left side...this caused me alot of grief when I had it all sewn together...had to take it out...what a mess....learn from me...tap into my vast wisdom and knowledge (mistakes) and don't do what I did.

So now you just sew this row and the other row (which my other one was the same but with blue alternating with blue/green fabrics.

and you get this...

I do not know how old this dish is but the paint has crackled on the inside. Just love it. Now..confession time....I LOVE ANYTHING THAT HAS A is hard for me to pass sugar dishes up, bowls with lids..etc. that this is done and out of my brain....I can get back to this:

OOOOPPPPSSSS it was not supppose to post today...oh well. Oh by the way, you can use your Go cutter to make the topper and mug rugs...


  1. Barb, it looks great! I love the color selection.
    I will try to make a mug rug this weekend. I have been wanting too and I so love how yours looks.

  2. Very cool, Barb! I really like the way the batiks look.

  3. Barb, what a great tutorial...I love the "mug rugs!" This is a great gift for anytime. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I don't understand a mug rug? Isn't that just a placemat or coaster?

  5. I love your mug rug and table topper. Those fabrics are awesome. Great tutorial. You know how I love mug rugs. I'm off to make one using your pattern. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh, I love the colours! I am finding mug rugs very fun and useful. This is a neat pattern I may have to try as well as I have a few to male tonight to match my 20 table runners!

    Thanks Barb.
    PS I love lids too! Just bought 5 glass jars at the thrift store tonight because they have cute lids!!

  7. Great tutorial!
    I love your fabric choices.

  8. Thanks for the great tutorial Barb. Darling mug rug!

  9. Great stuff Barb! I love those fabrics. I still have to make a mug rug. Just haven't had time yet. Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. Thank you for the fun tutorial. Love your fabric choices.

  11. Thanks for the explicit tutorial and those fabrics at the bottom are yummy.

  12. Great little tutorial! Quick and easy!

  13. I love the colors. Great tutorial!

  14. Those are beautiful! I love the colors! :0)

  15. Great idea!! Looks to be kinda quick and easy!

  16. Super job Bar. Thanks for the easy tutorial

  17. Great tutorial. I'm going to make a few of these this year for sure. Hugs

  18. It looks wonderful, Barb, and I love the colors you used. I feel like I need a tropical vacation!!!

  19. Just love what you did...great colors and no it doesn't need any other color...just lovely. And I can't wait to see what you are doing with the fabulous squares at the end of your post!!!

  20. Great idea! thanks for the tutorial!! Happy sewing, Daniëlle

  21. What a fun TUT! Look bright and pretty, so YOU!
    Have more rugs on the needle as well.
    Great dish too. Could use to store stuff in.
    I also loved the dishes you showed yesterday.
    My gold glasses were laundry soap premiums my Dad saved for me back in late 60's and 70's.

  22. Very cute and I know how much work goes into a wonderful tutorial like yours...Readers Digest version....not very likely....


  23. I love the mug rug..just too cute!

  24. Love the mug rugs and table topper. Very good tutorial. I've never made a table topper, but I think I could read your tutorial and make one without a problem. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Thank you so much for such a great tutorial and used with some of your your yummy fabrics!! I like all your new touches on your bog.

  26. Barb, I really love this - I'd like to ask your permission to use your top picture, I'm linking tutorials on my blog and would love to link this one. Let me know - it's gorgeous!

  27. Great Mug Rug and table topper tutorial. Love it. But of course, I'm dreaming of that beautiful fabric and thinking of drinking a nice tropical juice in my mug. such fun.



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