Yep, it’s me again. I told you I’d be back! My second project is from a fun Selvage Mug Rug tutorial from the Fussy Cut blog. Of course if you know me at all you know mine will not look exactly like the original tutorial 😉
I had a really good time digging through my stash looking for just the right selvages. I decided to do a Connecting Threads theme so I narrowed my search to only usable selvages from our collections. This is a really easy project to personalize for gifting. Using selvages from a friends favorite collections or giving a coordinated mug rug using the selvages from the fabric you used to make them a quilt would be fun. One thing to keep in mind when choosing selvages is seam allowance. You need to make sure you have enough seam allowance on both sides of the selvage to make it really usable. I wanted a variety of collection and designer names as well as some of the color circles and colored selvages not just white ones. The link above to the tutorial has good instructions, I’m just chronicling my journey below but I would suggest using the tutorial when sewing this project up.
I started as the tutorial suggested by auditioning selvages as they would appear on my mug rug.
Once you are happy with your choices find and cut your backing, baste down your batting (my favorite basting method is 505 Spray), and trim any excess backing fabric off. This is your base, you will be sewing the selvages to this base.
Now on to sewing! You tack the first piece down on the very corner, then all other pieces are sewn on quilt-as-you-go style. Line up your piece right sides together (make sure the words will end up facing the right way once it’s sewn and you iron it over!) sew it using a quarter inch seam allowance then iron it over and viola, it’s sewn & quilted all in one fell swoop. I purposefully made mine a little wonky because I thought it looked more interesting. Keep adding selvages until you have covered the entire piece of batting.
Once your done sewing it’s time to trim off the excess selvages. I included a picture of the front and back once the mug rug has been trimmed. Cute huh?! In the tutorial the next step is to make the corners rounded. I decided I liked mine square so I skipped that part.
Binding is next. I chose a stripe from the Mix It Up collection that tied all my selvage colors together plus looked good with my backing from MaryJo’s Sewing Room (sneak peek! This collection will be available on the web 8/5/14). My newest favorite tool is the Wonder Clips, they are amazing for binding.
Once the binding is sewn down you have a quick cute gift in no time at all.
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