Can you believe it’s been a year, and this is the last mug mat in the series? I feel like that one flew by! This one was a lot of fun for me, and I hope for you too, so I’m bouncing around some ideas for a series for next year. If you have suggestions I’d love to hear them!
I’ve been happy with every mug mat so far, but I wanted to end with something special. Red trucks are everywhere you look this holiday season, and they’ve always been a favorite of mine. This one takes a little more time due to the hand stitching, but trust me, it’s worth it.
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To make this you’ll need:
cotton fabric for background and back
red embroidery thread
black embroidery thread
grey embroidery thread
green embroidery thread
Trace the pattern pieces onto the paper side of the fusible web. Cut out loosely.
Fuse each piece to the appropriate felt color. I used wool felt for this because it keeps a sharper edge, but acrylic felt would work also.
Cut out the pieces on the tracing lines.
Cut the background fabric, interfacing, batting, and backing according to the pattern.
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the background fabric.
Peel the paper off the felt pieces. Fuse the wheels onto the center of the tires.
Fuse the truck body onto the background fabric.
Continue fusing pieces on until you’ve built your truck.
Add the tree to the truck bed.
Stitch around the various pieces with matching embroidery thread and your choice of stitches. I used several different ones, and I like the look.
The front may have shrunk a bit from all the stitches, so trim the batting as needed to match.
Lay the backing right side down. Center the batting over that, then lay the truck face up on top. Pin the layers together.
Stitch loosely around the truck, about 1/4” away, through all the layers. Stitch around the outer edge, about 1/8” away. Here’s what that looks like from the back.
Trim the backing to 3/4” larger than the front on all sides. Yep, we’re actually going to use binding on this one, in a cheater sort of way.
Fold the edge of the backing up to meet the edge of the front and press.
Fold it again so it overlaps the edge. Press.
At the corner, fold it up diagonally and press…
…then continue with the next side.
This should give you a neat corner, but might take a couple of tries to get there.
Once you’ve made it all the way around, pin or clip (I bought these) the binding in place.
Stitch around near the inner edge of the binding.
While there’s not a bit of snow on this, it puts me in the mood for some. And a nice hot cup of whatever. When the mug mat is this cute, does it matter what’s sitting on it?