When I'm working on a monthly series like these mug mats, I have a list of potential ideas I work from all year, but I also have some spur-of-the-moment patterns that make their way in. This month, I suddenly wanted to make one shaped like a hexagon.
I'm so in love with the tiles that are made in this shape. It's making me wish we needed to re-do a floor or something. We don't, so I'm working with fabric instead, which I'm okay with.
This particular mug mat is a great way to test out your English paper piecing skills, but it's quick to finish because much of it is sewn on the machine. Let's get started!
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- this pattern (page 1 -2 printed on regular paper and page 1 printed on cardstock)
- cotton fabric in a print for the center
- coordinating cotton fabrics (3) for the triangles
- cotton fabric for the back
- fusible batting
Carefully cut apart all of the cardstock pieces. Cut the center out of the hexagon on the paper page 1. Cut out the back and batting piece from the paper, cutting on the outside of the thick black line.
Use the paper hexagon with the center cut out as a guide to determine where you'll place piece 1.
Place your piece 1 in the center and carefully pull away the guide. Cut around the piece at least 1/4" away, and I like to go just slightly larger than that. It doesn't have to be precise.
Cut the remaining pieces from the coordinating fabrics, adding the 1/4"+ on each. Cut the backing fabric and two pieces of fusible batting using that pattern piece.
Write the pattern numbers on the back of each piece so you can still see them in the next steps. With that written number face up, lay the pattern piece in the center of the wrong side of the fabric.
Using fabric glue (this pen is my favorite) and working with one straight section at a time, glue the edge of the fabric to the pattern.
Repeat with the remaining pieces.
It doesn't hurt to lay the whole thing out before you start to make sure it looks right.
Line up the touching edges of pieces 1 and 2 with right sides together. Make sure the corners are matched exactly. Using a small hand stitch, sew the two pieces together. Stop when you reach the corner on piece 1.
Sew on piece 3 in the same manner, sewing all the way across.
Repeat with pieces 4 through 7.
Pull the remaining edges of 2 and 7 together, with right sides facing each other, and stitch.
Pull the fabric all the way around the outer edge away from the pattern pieces. The glue holds well while you sew, but I don't usually have an issue getting it to release the fabric when I'm ready.
Trim the outer edge 1/4" away from the pattern. Press with a dry iron, using a pressing cloth on top so none of the residual glue gets on your iron.
Remove the pattern pieces.
Fuse the one of the pieces of batting to the back. Fuse the other piece of batting to the wrong side of the backing.
Pin the front to back with right sides together. Stitch 1/4" from the edge, leaving 2 1/2" open for turning. Make sure that opening doesn't land on a seam.
Clip the corners. Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening.
Topstitch all the way around near the edge.
Stitch near the edge of the hexagon in the center.
You're done - grab a mug!