Gifty Galore – Project 8

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 😉


finished on my desk



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.


1-Selvedges Audition


I started as the tutorial suggested by auditioning selvages as they would appear on my mug rug.

7-placement planned



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.

4-Basting3-Batting2-Backing5-Trim Excess Backing

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.

6.5 - First Sewn Piece 8-Line up fabric 9-sew down 11-do it again 10-iron over



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.

12-Trim off Excess 14-Trimmed front  13-Trimmed Back


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.

15-Cutting Binding 16-Sewing on binding 17-Binding sewn down front 18-Binding sewn down back 19-Clover Wonder Clips


Once the binding is sewn down you have a quick cute gift in no time at all.



We would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. Join the Gifty Galore group on Quilt With Us (QWU) and post your pictures there for everyone to enjoy. If you’re on Pinterest, upload your picture and tag it with #GG14. Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall!

Please post any questions about this project below in comments and we will respond.


  1. Anita McIntire - August 25, 2014

    Very cute Teri!

  2. Linda Froggie - August 25, 2014

    Very cute, Teri! I should have known you would do something quilt as you go. I’m working on last week’s project, and while it’s stitching, I can dig through my stash.
    ~Hopppy Quilting~

    • Teri - August 27, 2014

      Mwa-ha-ha I do still have flames on my sewing machine!!!!

  3. BarbaraS - August 25, 2014

    Fast and cute. Thanks Teri.I’m sort of addiscted to mug rugs so plan on doing this one for sure.

    • Teri - August 27, 2014

      Me too, I pin almost every one I see on Pinterest. I need to stop pinning and start sewing! I’d love to make a bunch of mug rugs and put them all up on a wall with Mini Quilts to make a little gallery wall. I think that would be so much fun!

  4. Ann - August 25, 2014

    Cute! I like the bright colors and the way you tied them together with the binding. As time passes, it will be like a walk down memory lane to see selvages from past collections.

  5. Sharon Parker - August 25, 2014

    What a fantastic cute mug rug…can’t wait to make some of these! Thanks for a great project!

  6. Mary Alice Espinoza - August 25, 2014

    This is too cute! I mistook it for a potholder first. My oops! But I do think it would work as a potholder too, just use Insul-Brite.

    • Teri - August 27, 2014

      I agree, it would make a great pot holder or trivet.

  7. Lou Ann Bucheimer - August 26, 2014

    Now I know why I’ve been saving the names off of selvages. I had seen a skirt and knew I would do that (I wear orthopedic shoes and pants) but have been saving them anyway. Thanks Teri!!!!

    • Teri - August 27, 2014

      I’ve seen a skirt made out them as well. It was pretty amazing but not something I would ever do either. I would like to make a pillow out of selvedges too. I could do it the same as this project only larger….

  8. Maureen - September 22, 2014

    I love this mug rug. I was wondering what size you made it and what width you made the binding. Thanks in advance.

    • Teri - September 24, 2014

      Mine turned out 8″ square and I cut the binding 2-1/4″. Hope that helps!

  9. carol - September 23, 2014

    Now I know why I’ve saved those selvedges!

  10. B.J. Berlo - September 24, 2014

    Love these mug rugs! I’ve been saving selvedge cut-offs for my sister….but now I’m going to use them myself. Sorry, Jude!