Over at The Fussy Cutters Club on Facebook we’ve been making and sharing some fabulous creations that use fussy cutting. Anyone who’s followed my adventures knows how much I love a good fussy cut. With the festive season rapidly approaching I thought it might be time to have some festive fussy cutting fun (say that three times fast!).
Given that Christmas is just over a month away I thought we could make a quick and fun project that you can either keep, gift or swap. (Or you can do all three if you want!) Want to know more?
What is fussy cutting?
It’s when you find a particular design, picture or print in your fabric and then cut around it so it fits into a patch or block on your quilt or sewing project. Often fussy cutting is used to create a secondary pattern within the pattern. It’s all about cutting your fabric with intent and being conscious about how the design/print/colour of your fabric will be used in the completed project.
Simple really. It’s all about having fun with fabric. If you cut fabric with the intention of highlighting the print, pattern or design then you’re fussy cutting. It’s not all about being tricky and making complicated patterns, I love using fussy cutting to highlight my favourite bits of fabrics I love.
What is a Mug Rug?
I’ve done “wide consultation” (I asked Google) and all the “experts” (what Google showed me) agree that a mug rug lies somewhere between a coaster and a placement. Basically it’s big enough for you to put a cup and a snack on it. (I’ll leave it to you to decide how big a “snack” is… a family size Cadbury block is probably not a normal snack, right?)
In my research I found this fabulous printed inclusion that Heidi (of Buttons and Butterflies) shared for when she gifts mug rugs. (Her friend Gretchen designed it and it’s super cute!)
Perfect right? It’s such a great idea and something that you could easily make to include in your swap parcel (or if you’re giving these as gifts this holiday season).
I also found this great description from Erin (of Two More Seconds):
What is a Mug Rug? A small, fun to create, mini quilt that is mostly there to look pretty on your desk and soak up your drink of choice’s drips and condensation, as well as giving you full-on permission to eat some cookies, since, well, that extra space off to the side of your drink is just THERE for you to use.
How big is a Mug Rug? As big as you want it to be, usually falling somewhere in between the usual size of a coaster and a placemat. 4″x6″-ish to 6″x10″-ish.
How do I make a Mug Rug? Just like you were making a mini quilt!
Mug Rug Tutorials & Patterns
I’ve collated 10 Mug Rug Tutorials and Patterns to help get you thinking about the type of mug rug you’d like to make. (There’s even a mug rug for those of you that “want to make a snowman”… Sorry, couldn’t help myself!) 1. Hexagon Shaped Mug Rug at Sew Sara
These are just suggestions, you can make your mug rug any way you want to as long as it fits the size requirements and it must be quilted (this means there’s 3 layers – back, front and wadding (can be flannel, batting, insulated batting or fusible batting).
Because I love a good swap (it’s a great way to meet new people and have some fun) I’ve decided to set up a quick swap to help all of us share some festive well wishes and start 2015 off with a bang.
Make 1 mug rug (can be festive themed or not) to post out to a fellow swapper and in return you’ll get a mug rug of your own from a swapper. (Note: the person you’re sending to may not be the person you receive from.)
The mug rug must meet the following size requirements:
Minimum size – 4″ x 6″
Maximum size – 6″ x 10″
If you do a shape other than a rectangle, the biggest side of the shape cannot exceed 10″.
The mug rug must be quilted – this means there’s 3 layers: a back, a front and a layer of wadding of some sort (can be flannel, batting, fusible batting, insulated batting, etc.)
You must use good quality quilting weight cottons. (We want this mug rug to last through multiple washes and spills.)
The beauty of a mug rug is that it’ll fit in a standard size letter and be quite light, so because of that I’m only running one worldwide swap. (This means you may have to post internationally.)
Swap extras – there’s no need to include any extras with this swap so please don’t feel like you have to, but if you’d like to it’s always a nice inclusion. (Just make sure to check your partners details to make sure they don’t have any allergies.)
Swap open for registration until: 26 November
Items to be in the post by: 17 December
Please be mindful of the time of year, postal services are under pressure and so delays can (and do) occur.
I’m using SwapBot to host this swap – it’s a free service, but you will be required to sign up to join in the swap.
If you’d like to know more or have a question either leave me a comment here or contact me via my contact page.