Before I get into this project, I'd like to take a quick minute to say thank you for all of the support, comments and well wishes on my recent decision regarding my shop. I was nervous about it, and you all reminded me why I love this crafty community so much!
This month's mug mat is all about relaxing. We could all use a little more of that, right? Once you're done making this one, kick off your shoes, pick up your favorite book and set a hot (or cold!) cup of tea on it. Who's in?
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To make this you'll need:
- cotton fabric
- embroidery floss
- this pattern
I used paper piecing for this one, so I'm going to refer you back to this post if you're not familiar with how that works. I particularly recommend the video from Crafty Gemini. I rewatch it every, single time I'm about to start on a paper pieced project, just to refresh my memory.
Once you have it down, piece together the mug using the pattern and moving in letter order. If your fabric is directional, be sure to take that into consideration as you sew, unlike my background. This is a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do situation.
Continue piecing following the pattern. Remember that when you paper piece you're working from the wrong side when it comes to your fabric, so the pattern is a reverse of the finished mat.
Once it's finished, your top should look something like this. This is so not square, but I'll be fixing that a couple of steps from now.
Transfer the embroidery designs using your favorite method. I love using the Sublime Stitching transfer pens to trace on the back, creating an iron-on pattern. My husband gave me an ultra-thin light box for Christmas a few years ago for tracing, and I don't know what I'd do without it now. Next on my wish list is this larger version.
With all the seams, I found it was easiest to cut the designs out and apply them individually. I hope I don't have to explain my punny book titles - they made my daughter chuckle, and that's all I needed.
Ready to embroider. Ordinarily I attach a layer of midweight interfacing when I'm going to embroider. I didn't on this one, but if you're finding it too floppy you could certainly add it to the back.
Trim the edges to square up the rectangle, then use it as a pattern to cut the back and batting. If I'm using thin cotton batting, I use two layers. On this one, I went with a layer of cotton batting and a layer of InsulBright. It's a little thicker than I'd like, and next time I'll go back to just cotton, since this isn't a hot pad and won't be saving anyone's hand from a dish straight out of the oven.
Stack the layers so the two pieces of fabric and right side together and touching. Stitch 1/4" seam around the outer edge, leaving 3" open at the bottom for turning. Clip the corners.
Turn right side out. Press, turning in the opening. Topstitch around close to the outer edge. I also stitched along the vertical seam in the middle to try to tame the thickness a bit. It's optional.
Go make a cup of your favorite tea.
Yes, that is definitely part of the pattern. As is finding a good book and getting down to that relaxing we talked about!