January 21, 2011

Mug Mat Tutorial...

I took all the photographs while I made the mug mat yesterday and put a photo tutorial together for you. (There are lots of pictures for this tutorial!)

The finished size of this mat is 6.5" wide by 12.5" long, but if you want to make a mat that will fit flat in a USPS Priority Flat Rate mailer, you should make it 6.5" x 10.5".
This is the finished mug mat and you can link here to see the entire "tute". Once you check it out and see how simple it really is, perhaps you'll join in the swap.

Just send me an email with your color preference and if you have one, your blog url. You don't need to have a blog to participate, either. I have a second list started for those of you who don't need to link to a blog. You have until February 1st to sign up. Hope you'll join us. The more, the merrier!

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Holloway Family said...

I looked at the tutorial pictures and I SO want to make one, but I've yet been able to get to the fabric store. I'm also kind of hesitant to plug my 110v sewing machine into the 220v transformers I have to use here. Maybe once I get back to the states I'll be able to make some. I guess for now I'll stick with my crocheting and cross stitching. I love reading your blog and finding lots of inspiration! Thanks

Pam in Brussels, Belgium

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Donna,
Just came from looking at your tutorial. These look really fun to make...Where do we sign up for the swap?

Happy Weekend. ~Natalie

Tina Eudora said...

I went to look at the tute and I love the idea you have using the hair clips to hold the edges...how clever is that!
I may be tempted to join the swap as I have quilted in my time and still have a huge stash of fabric in some totes. Maybe it is time I open them babies and haul that stuff out?
Where do I sign up or will you email us?
Tina xo

Carol at Serendipity said...


i will try to make one this week and if my language is acceptable to those around me, I will join the swap! Great tutorial.


Patty C. said...

Your Mug Mat is Perfect - I love it - Great Colors & wonderfully creative fabrics you have chosen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Count me in for the swap :)

ShirleyC said...

This is the best tutorial I've ever seen! I was worried about the binding more than anything. I've always had problems remembering how to do those diagonal seams.
Thanks so much!

Sew Loquacious Angela said...

Gorgeous mat and your photos for your tutorial are wonderful! You do select the most fabulous fabrics and embellishments! I can't wait to give it a go!
Have a great weekend!

Michelle May said...

Love them, but don't have time to make one right now. Dag...
xx, shell

Karen M said...

I have a question. It may be a dumb one, but I need to ask. Why is a mug mat so much larger than a coaster?

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I answered Karen M.'s question directly, but also thought I'd add the same response here for anyone who might have the same inquiry...

With the larger mug mat, you also have a place for a little dessert dish, cookies, etc.

I think someone just decided that "decor" needed a new accessory, and mug mats can be a real expression of one's personal taste.

Hope you don't think it's a dumb answer, but it's the only one I have.
Thanks for asking!

Rettabug said...

What a fun idea...Count me in!!
Email has been sent to you.

I'll starting gathering trims & ideas right now. :-)

ShirleyC said...

Hey Donna,
I've been working on a practice mug mat, and I'm really pleased with the outcome using your tutorial.
I was wondering if you would share where you get those cute ribbons with the coffee cups and teapots printed on them.
Also, do you cut out a bunch of strips ahead of time so you will have things handy, or do you just "wing it" as you go? I know everyone has their own style, but I thought I'd just ask. I can this becoming an addiction!


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