You’re going to want to make this mug mat for someone you really like. Of course, I hope all of your work goes to people in that category, but this one is a little more work than some. That said, I’m going to stop talking and just jump in so you can get started on it.
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To make this, you’ll need:
light brown fabric
dark brown fabric
holiday print fabric
Instructions on cutting each piece is on the piece itself. The antlers and ears cut from fusible interfacing are missing from the photo below.
*The easiest way to cut the felt pieces is to iron a piece of Wonder Under that’s larger than the pattern piece to the felt. Trace the pattern onto the paper side and cut out.
Fuse the interfacing to the back of one of the head pieces. Pin one collar 1” from the bottom of that same head, with right sides together.
Stitch 1/4” from the upper edge. Press the collar down toward the bottom of the head. Repeat with the other head and collar.
From here on, we’ll consider the collar/head piece with the interfacing attached to be the face. Use that as a pattern to cut 1 Insul-Bright and 1 cotton batting.
Pin the top of the head (dark brown constrast piece) to the interfacing (do not iron yet). The right side of the fabric should be facing the fusible side of the interfacing. Stitch together with a 1/4” seam, leaving the top curved edge open.
Trim the seam to 1/8” and clip the corners. Turn right side out, using something pointy to carefully push out the points and edges.
Center the top of head on the face with the top edges even. Press to adhere. Stitch close to the edges, except for the top.
Fuse the Wonder Under to the back of the outer eyes, inner eyes, and nose (if you didn’t follow the tip above). Peel the paper off the back.
Place the outer eyes on the face following the example. Press. Stitch around close to the edge.
Place the inner eyes and nose on the face. Press, then stitch near the edge of each.
Transfer the eyelashes and mouth from the first page of the pattern onto the face using your favorite embroidery transfer method. As I always say, these pens are great. Embroider both with black embroidery thread, using a backstitch.
You could also transfer the pattern back at the beginning, right after you apply the interfacing to the back. This is where it pays to read all the directions before beginning a project!😁
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of both dark brown ears. Pin a brown ear to a pink ear with right sides together, making sure the edges match. Stitch with a 1/4” seam, leaving the straight edge open.
Trim the seam and clip the corner. Turn right side out. Press. Topstitch close to the edge. Repeat with the second ear.
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the antlers. Pin that to the opposite antler without interfacing, with right sides together. Stitch a 3/16” seam (just shy of 1/4”), leaving the straight end open. Clip in to the corner.
Just a side note here for stitching around those tight curves. The way I do it is to take a stitch, leave the needle down, lift the presser foot, pivot your project slightly, drop foot, take another stitch, and repeat until you’re around the corner.
Turn the antlers right side out (it’s kind of a bear because they’re small) and press. Topstitch close to the edge. If you’re cursing at me now after turning it, I won’t tell anyone if you skip the topstitching.
Layer the batting, Insul-Bright and face, right side up.
Fold the right side of the left ear 1/3 of the way down. Pin or stitch near the edge to hold.
Pin to the left side of the face with the edges even, the ear to the inside, and the top edge of the ear (that’s folded under) approximately even with the point where the top of the head meets the face.
Repeat for the right ear.
Pin the antlers 3/4” up from the fold on the ear, with the antler to the inside.
Pin the back of the head over all, with the right side down.
Stitch with a 1/4” seam, leaving 3” open on the straight edge at the bottom.
Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening.
Topstitch all the way around the head and collar near the edge. Stitch across near the top edge of the collar.
Now do you see why I said you want to save this one for someone special? He’s a lot of work, but worth it.
You could also swap out the black nose for Rudolph, or stitch a few jingle bells to his collar.
Maybe he’d like to live under YOUR mug!
Can you believe there’s only one left in this Mug Mat of the Month series????