Thursday 18 January 2024

New Year - New Hobby - New Mug Rug

Tea and Cake Mug Rug Pattern

The new year is often a time of new intentions.  If you have started the year looking for a new hobby or to learn a new skill then look no further than mug rug making.

Valentine Hearts Mug Rug Pattern

If you are new to mug rugs be sure to check our the Mug Rug Basics tab above.  Here you will find all you need to know to make a little piece of fabric art for your home or to gift.  You can find information about applique and binding, how to download and print patterns, even how to enlarge a small mug rug pattern to make a larger accessory for your table.

How to Enlarge a Mug Rug Pattern

In the Freebies tab you will find my FREE Rainbow mug rug pattern to help your develop and practice your skills.  If you click on the Rainbow mug rug below it will take you through to a step-by-step tutorial to help you along.
FREE Rainbow Mug Rug Pattern

And don't forget to check out The Patchsmith's Etsy store where you will find your next mug rug project ready for you to download and start immediately.
Butterfly Pocket Mug Rug Pattern

If your prefer your patterns in paperback format head over to my Amazon page where you will find collections of patterns to suit all occasions.  Alternatively just enter "the patchsmith" in the Amazon search bar.
Just one of nine Patchsmith paperback books available via Amazon

So what are you waiting for?  There is so much fabric fun to be had.  Until next time .....

Sunday 1 October 2023

Autumn on the Table

Totem Mug Rug - One of ten patterns 
from the Halloween & Thanksgiving Mug Rug book

The nights are turning cooler and the leaves are beginning to change colour.  So I am changing the mug rugs in my house to welcome the Autumnal season into my home.

Mug rugs are such a quick and easy way to create a homely touch.  You can use novelty charm squares (5" squares) as in this Quilt-as-you-Go pattern from my Halloween & Thanksgiving pattern book (also available via Amazon):

QAYG Halloween Fun

Or you can use shades of green, red, brown, yellow or orange from your stash:  

Pumpkin Patch Mug Rug Pattern

You can even turn a pumpkin into a Jack-o-Lantern with a touch of black fabric or felt:

Included in the Pumpkin Patch Pattern

And whilst you are finding scraps of black felt - look for some white to make a couple of fish-bones to add to the Moonlit Cat mug rug:

Moonlit Cat Mug Rug Pattern

The Moonlit Cat pattern is available as a single pattern or as part of the Halloween & Thanksgiving pattern book.  Either way you will also receive the Scaredy Cat version to make as well:

Moonlit Scaredy Cat Pattern
(included with the Moonlit Cat Pattern)

If pennies or time are short then just make a coaster using part of a mug rug pattern:  

Click on the image for the instructions for these spooky coasters

Whatever fabrics you choose to use - a mug rug pattern will help you create a little bit of fabric art for your home this season.   The Patchsmith's Halloween & Mug Rug pattern book will take you from Halloween to Thanksgiving with ten delicious mug rug patterns:

Available in PDF format from Etsy
or Paperback format via Amazon

So join with the Patchsmith this season and enjoy some eerily frugal fabric fun.  Until next time.................

Saturday 24 June 2023

The Perfect Summer Sewing Project

English Rose Mug Rug Pattern

I love summer - spending time outside at the shoreline or on the South Downs.  I also love sewing but, as the temperature rises, I do not want to spend too long inside over a warm sewing machine and a hot iron.  That is why mug rug making is the perfect summer sewing project.

Flag Holidays Mug Rug
from Special Days Pattern Book

Mug rugs are quick to make - some as quick as an hour or two (you can always hand finish the binding sat on a picnic rug).  

Photography Mug Rug
from Hobby & Fun Pattern Book

Mug rugs use whatever fabrics you have to hand meaning less time spent shopping for supplies and more pennies for an ice-cream cone or afternoon tea.

Tea and Cake Mug Rug

And, with just a little time and very little cost, you can create a unique, handmade gift for family, friends or even yourself.  Leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors.

Swimmer Mug Rug

What a perfect reminder of those lazy, summer sewing days.