Cupcake Mug Rug Tutorial

If you are active in the online crafting world you have probably seen mug rugs pop up just about everywhere in all different sizes and styles.  I’ve had some requests for a tutorial so here it is!

A mug rug is basically a mix between a placemat and a coaster.  It sits on your desk and holds a mug with your favorite drink. You can also lay a snack right on it so it doesn’t dirty your desk or get crumbs all over your work.  They are mini quilts so they can be machine washed and dried.

I love making mug rugs because they make great little gifts and can be whipped up in no time at all!

I designed this cupcake applique just for this tutorial but you can feel free to use it any other project you’d like as well.  This would look cute on little girl’s clothes, a backpack or tote bag…..  I’d love to hear your ideas on other projects you plan to embellish with this cupcake. Leave me a comment below!

Click here to download the cupcake applique template sheet.

*Note: When you print the template sheet out set your printer settings to “Fit to Page” so it can be the same size as the cupcake I used in the tutorial*

Here is the full video tute. Enjoy!
Fabrics used in this project:
Please note: some of these links are Amazon affiliate links, which means when you purchase I earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.
– 1 rectangle of white fabric at 6″ x 7.5″ – Designer Solids in Winter White, Free Spirit Fabrics:
– 1 rectangle of blue plaid fabric 7″ x 7.5″- Sugar Hill by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit fabrics:
– 1 rectangle of blue plaid from 12.5″ x 7.5″- Sugar Hill by Tanya Whelan for Free Spirit fabrics:
– assorted fabric scraps for cupcake applique:
– Pellon Wonder Under:
– Pellon Fusible Fleece:
A big thanks to my sponsors- Pellon and Free Spirit fabrics for providing the products used to make this project and tutorial! Check out their sites!
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