Happy Valentine's Day! I'm here today with the next in my Mug Mat of the Month series for 2018. If you missed January's, or aren't sure just what a mug mat is, check it out here.
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The first thing you might wonder is who is Mabel? That's an excellent question, and the only answer I have is that it was a name that fit my alliterative theme of lining up all those M's, and it seemed to suit the 50's style glasses I used on this one. If you happen to be a Mabel yourself, I hope you'll take it as a compliment, because I love the way this mug mat turned out!
To make this you'll need:
Tape the fusible interfacing with the fusible side down over the top of the pattern. I found it was also helpful to tape the pattern to my worktable to keep it from shifting. Trace the outer edge of the glasses. I used a fine tip black Sharpie, but you might want to use something lighter if you're working with light colored fabrics. If it feels like it's pulling while you're tracing, use a short sketching motion to make the line.
Pin the interfacing, still fusible side down, to the right side of the black fabric and stitch along the tracing line. Go slow - accuracy is important here.
Cut out the glasses 3/8" from the stitching line. Clip in a few times from the bottom of the nose bridge.
Cut a 3" horizontal slit in the interfacing only. A sharp seam ripper works well for this.
Carefully turn the glasses right side out through the slit. Be careful not to rip the interfacing.
Using a combination of a pointy tool and rolling the seam between your fingers, work the fabric to the front and the interfacing to the back. You'll notice the fusible side of the interfacing is now facing out on the back. Obviously you can't press it at this point, but I found my wooden seam roller worked well to flatten the seams.
Repeat the process for each white lens, with a 1" seam for turning. I actually found the little lenses more challenging to turn than the glasses, but go slow and be patient. Set all three pieces aside.
Cut out the oval from the pattern and use it to cut out the front and back from the fabric and one to two pieces of batting, depending on the thickness of whatever you use.
Place the glasses on the front fabric piece. You can cut the glasses away from the pattern to use that as a template for placement.
Press in place with a steam iron.
Place the lenses and press those in place as well.
Stitch the pieces down, either by hand or machine. I used a 1.5 wide by 1.5 long zigzag stitch just over the edge. I also figured out this open presser foot, which I don't think I've ever used before, worked great for this.
This is what my stitching looks like, from the back where it's a little easier to see.
If you're adding buttons or brads, attach those to the corners of the glasses now. I used a few of these tiny flower buttons, clustered together. If you happen to use these, be sure the needle you're using fits through those little holes before you get started. I was stopped by a too-big eye.
If you're using the fusible fleece, you can fuse that to the back of both the front and back mat pieces.
Layer so both fabric pieces are right sides together. Stitch around 1/4" from the edge, leaving 2 1/2" open at the bottom. Turn right side out through the opening. Press, turning in the opening. Watch out for your buttons while you're pressing.
Topstitch near the edge. I used the same zigzag as I did to attach the glasses.
Wouldn't this be perfect to hold a cup of joe and a coconut macaroon? Mmmm. I'll be in the kitchen.