|Bird and birdhouse sketched in a 6 x 7 inch rectangle for mug rug pattern.|
Now, I must admit, I have been a bit fascinated by the concept of a Mug Rug. They are larger than a coaster, but smaller than a place mat - making them perfect for a beverage and a snack. So, I decided to make mug rugs.
After looking up several tutorials and sketches of birds and birdhouses, I decided to draw my own picture and to take ideas I liked from several mug rug tutorials. (I did not reverse the pattern when I cut my applique pieces out, as I did not mind if the bird sat on the left or the right.)
|Blue Birdhouse Mug Rug by Renee|
I liked the way the mug rug at SameliasMum.com outlined the applique with charcoal thread. I only had black, and liked the way it turned out.
|Pink Birdhouse Mug Rug by Renee|
|Red Birdhouse Mug Rug by Renee|
To bind the mug rugs, I chose the 2-fold method shared at The Patchsmith. Using the slip stitch in the back took me quite some time, but I made dramatic improvements with that stitch!
I had so much fun making these, I would not be surprised to see a "sane" quilt make it to a To Do List shared on a WIPW post one of these days!
|Blue mug rug by Renee with a cup of cocoa in an M&M mug.|
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!