I thought it would be nice to make a mug mat for my series this month that the dads out there could appreciate. Father's Day is coming, and I know how difficult it can be to find something to make for him. Wouldn't he love having a mug mat that can double as a game board on the fly? There's a loop so he can hang it up, and a zippered pocket built in so the checkers are always ready to go!
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To make this, you'll need:
- 1 1/4" wide by width of fabric (42-44") strip - blue fabric
- 1 1/4" wide by width of fabric strip - grey fabric
- two 1 x 6 1/2" orange fabric
- two 1 x 7 1/2" orange fabric
- one 1 x 4" orange fabric (loop)
- two 3 x 7 1/2" orange fabric (inside pocket)
- two 2 x 7 1/2" print fabric
- one 7 1/2 x 10 1/2" print fabric (for back)
- two 7 1/2 x 10 1/2" fusible fleece
- 6" zipper
- 24 printed buttons, 5/8 - 3/4" wide (12 each of two colors)
Don't let the number of pieces scare you away. I've included lots of photos!
Fold the 1 x 4" strip in half. Fold the edges into the center and press. Stitch and set aside.
Sew the blue and grey strips side by side. Press the seam open. Cut in half so you have two sections as shown.
Stitch the two sections together with the colors alternating. Cut in half again.
Stitch those two sections together. You should have this:
Cut into 1 1/4" wide strips. You should end up with 8 strips. Discard any extra.
Flip every other strips so the colors alternate.
Sew all the strips together to create a checkerboard pattern. It's a little extra work, but I pin each seam together before stitching so my corners line up.
Sew the 1 x 6 1/2" pieces to the sides.
Stitch the 1 x 7 1/2" pieces to the remaining sides.
Sew the print strips onto the ends.
You should end up with a finished rectangle that measures 7 1/2 x 10 1/2". If not, just trim the back and fleece to match the size your front ended up. No mug mat police here.
Iron the fusible fleece onto the back side of the front and back pieces.
Lay one pocket piece right side up. Line up the edge of the zipper with the edge of the fabric with the zipper right side up.
Lay the front piece over that, right side down and top edge even. Pin in place. Stitch, using a zipper foot, 1/4" from the edge.
Press both the pocket and front away from the zipper. Topstitch near the zipper through all layers.
Repeat the process with the remaining pocket and the back on the other side of the zipper.
Unzip the zipper at least 3/4 of the way.
Pin the loop to the front with each end 1" from the center.
Pin the front to the back with right sides together. Do the same with the pocket pieces. The zipper teeth should fold toward the lining.Stitch around all pieces, 1/4" from the edge, leaving the bottom edge of the pockets open.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out through the zipper and opening at the bottom of the pocket.
Push the pocket lining inside the mat. Press.
Stitch near the edge of the orange trim on both the inside and outside, as shown. That stitching will close the bottom of the pocket.
That stitching will close the bottom of the pocket. I made the pocket shallow so the user didn't have to dig deep to find the checkers, but they all fit in there nicely.
I made the pocket shallow so the user didn't have to dig deep to find the checkers, but they all fit in there nicely.
Oh yeah, and it can hold a mug too!
It took a lot of thought on my part to figure out how the kings would work. That's why I recommend the printed buttons - they're blank on the back, so all you need to do is flip them over.
Who's ready for a game?