Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Haul Out the Holly: Day 9 with Increasingly Domestic

Hello Gwenny Penny readers!

I am Amy from Increasingly Domestic, and I am thrilled to be here!
I have been a loyal follower of Gwen's blog for quite awhile now and was so honored
when she asked me to be a part of this fun event!

A little about me: I am the oldest of 13 children...my youngest sibling is just 9 months older than my daughter.
Crazy, right?! I am married, have a 7 year old daughter and a 14 month old son and am blessed to be a SAHM.
My blog is about all things domestic: sewing, crafting, parenting, cloth diapering, cleaning, furniture refinishing, and anything else that strikes my fancy.

Today I am going to show you how to make this super cute and deceptively simple Quilted Mug Rug.

Seriously, if you can sew a straight line you can make this!

For this project you will need:
Sewing Machine
Matching or Contrasting Thread
Self-Healing Mat
Rotary Cutter
Thread Scissors
Cup of coffee

I wanted my finished project to be 5"x10" so all these measurements are for that.
All seam allowances are 1/2 inch.

Top Border (2) 2"x11" (Polkadots)
Side Border (2) 2"x4" (Polkadots)
Window (8) 2"x8" (I used 4 different fabrics and did 2 of each one)
Back (1) 6"x11" (Snowmen)
Batting (1) 5"x10"

Lay out your window fabric pieces in the order that you want them.

Take the piece on the left and flip it over so that it is top-to-top with it's next door neighbor.

Pin on the left side.

Do the same to the rest of the pieces.

Run the pieces through your machine. Don't bother back stitching or stopping between pieces. If you look at the picture above you can see that I did one piece and then just sent the next piece behind it. When you have done all 4 pieces you can cut them apart. It saves time and thread:)

Press each piece open with the seam to one side. I pressed my seams to the pink side because I am a freak like that. First born, remember?

Lay them out again and then repeat what you just did.

Pin the pieces top-to-top and run them through the sewing machine.

Press open. Make sure that you press the seams in the same direction as before (at this point I was pressing toward the green fabrics). Pin the final two pieces top-to-top, sew and then press.

See? Aren't the seams so pretty?

Here is the front so far. Adorable, right?

I had been planning on doing a diagonal cut, but then changed my mind once I got my clear ruler over it and saw the fabrics. Straight up and down showed off their adorableness so much better.

Cut it down from the 8 inches to 4 inches.
I put the scraps aside for another little project that I will share with you soon.

Pin and sew the side border pieces on.
I really could/should have done this before I made that last cut, but whatever, it worked;)

Here it is all pressed and ready to add the top/bottom border pieces.

Pin top-to-top and sew with 1/2 inch seam. I used a ton of pins here because I didn't want my gorgeous seams to flip up when going through the machine. Yeah, I know.

Press open again. The seams naturally wanted to go out, so go ahead and let them.

Here's the back.

Take your back piece and lay it top-to-top with your pieced front. Pin and sew, leaving a wide opening along one of the long sides for turning and to insert the batting.

Snip the corners, being careful not to cut through the thread. This makes it easier to turn and helps your corners to be nice and square.

Turn it right side out and use something pokey to get your corners nice and sharp.

Press a final time, making sure to press the edges of the turning opening inward so that it will line up with the rest of the piece. Does that make sense? I hope so! Insert batting and make sure it is flat inside your fabrics. I am sure there is some sweet quilty way to do this, so if you know of one please share it with me!

Top stitch around the outside with a small seam allowance to close the turning opening, and then stitch along the edges of the fabric pieces. I stitched along the side that the seam was pressed to for extra staying power.

Now get yourself a mug of coffee and a stack of cookies! You deserve it!
(Sorry for the Starbucks ad... this just happens to be my favorite mug)
Oh, and I have to mention that the cookies were made by my husband! Isn't he great?
Thanks for having me Gwen!

Amy Signature

This is adorable, Amy! I love that it has room for both a mug and some cookies. And the fabrics are so cute... love that polka dot border. You must pop on over to Amy's blog Increasingly Domestic to check out the dresser she recently refinished. It's amazing! And check out Amy's other great ideas and projects, from making your own baby food to sewing projects and everything in between. Thanks so much for sharing your mug rug today, Amy!

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KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

That is beautiful, love the fabric choices. Perfect for cookies and a bevie for Santa.

Fowl Single File said...

Amy, that is a great color on you (love that photo)! Now that I know what a mug rug is, I think I definitely need one. Thanks for sharing this cute project!

Unknown said...

How cute! The perfect landing spot for milk and cookies... or something else and cookies. :)

LeAnne said...

Cute, cute, cute! TFS!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

I love the fabrics you chose Amy! So stinkin cute! What a fun idea. Might even be a beginner sewing project for my daughter. hmmm....

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Thanks for having me Gwen! This has been so much fun:)

Thanks ladies! The Fabrics are Be Merry by My Minds Eye, Riley Blake.

Mommyof2girlz/StephD said...

So cute and a perfect project for fabric scraps!

Naturally Carol said...

That's lovely, cute fabric...and don't apologise for the starbuck's mug, they often make it onto my blogsite 'cos they're my favs too!

Andi said...

Love the fabric! And that hot chocolate looks yummy! My favorite mug is from starbucks too :-)

Sara B. said...

I LOVE those fabrics! Like really love them ... this is just adorable! :-)

Steph said...

I like the size as well! Perfect for 2 mugs too.

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