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How to Make Quilted Mug Rugs (using pre-quilted fabric)

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How to Make a Mug Rug:  Make this quick and easy mug rug with pre-quilted fabric. This free mug rug pattern is a project you can complete in 30 minutes or less.  Plus, it’s just what you need to protect your wood surfaces from heat or moisture!

how to make a mug rug

How to make a quilted mug rug:

I just got the call, and I’m so excited!  My new dining room table is scheduled to be delivered next week.  Which is a good thing, because I’ve already sold my old table and chair set, lol. We’d had the old set since my oldest was a baby so it was very “well loved”, and if you can believe it, some of the worst marks on the table came from the use of plastic placemats!  One word of advice…  Don’t ever use plastic placemats on a wood table if you have children.

What happens is, they will spill something and the liquid will seep under the placemat.  Then if you don’t realize there was a small spill, you might not pick it up the placemat to clean under the wood.

That my friends, is a recipe for disaster on a wood table.

For my new table, I think I will invest in some wood trivets to use for serving to help protect from heat marks (something like this) and I will make some new quilted placemats with double batting to go with my updated décor (which I am currently planning to be shades of blue/teal, gray and white.)

free mug rug patterns

A quilted mug rug has been on my to-do list for a for a while and I thought I would use the leftover fabric from the poncho I made for this post, but I realized the plaid is kind of large for the project.  So off to Joann’s I went for something new.  I was looking for some type of buffalo check flannel when I ran across this pre-quilted fabric.  I decided using this fabric would save me an entire step, so I grabbed a quarter yard.  Joann’s has a pretty good selection of pre-quilted fabric here and fabric.com here.  I am pretty sure this is the fabric I used here. (I’m not 100% sure though, because Joann’s does not show what the back of the fabric looks like online.)

free mug rug pattern

It will be a few more weeks before I even try to serve a big meal at the new table, but one of my favorite morning routines is to sit at the kitchen with my coffee while the kids are doing their thing getting and ready for school.  The coffee pot is one of the first things we’ll unpack, and I want to be able to use these mug rugs immediately.  So I have already put these in my purse instead of packing them in a box.  That way they won’t get misplaced in the move and I will be able to use them asap!

how to make a mug rug


Just getting into quilting?

Here are a few more easy quilting projects you might enjoy:


Are you ready to make this Mug Rug Project?  Then read on!


Materials needed to make a quilted mug rug:

  • pre-quilted fabric
  • ruler
  • iron
  • basic sewing supplies

Fabric notes:  Don’t want to use pre quilted fabric?  Check out my quilted placemat tutorial on how to quilt your own fabric.  If you choose to use that method, I do recommend double layering the fabric like I do in this tutorial as coffee cups are hot!

How to Make a Quilted Mug Rug Sewing Instructions

Step 1:  Measure and cut 2 5.5 by 5.5 pieces of the pre quilted fabric.

free mug rug pattern


Step 2:  Line up squares right sides together and sew all the way around with a .5 inch seam allowance.  Leave a 1.5 inch opening on one side.

Step 3:  Trim the corners and flip fabric right side out.  Use a turning tool or other tool to push the corners all the way out.  (Crochet hook works great for this.)

Step 4:  Fold the opening to the inside and press flat with iron.

Step 5:  Top stitch around the edges a scant .25 inches from the edge.

That’s it, you are done!  Enjoy your new mug rug (and your coffee or tea, lol!)

mug rug tutorial


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  1. So, I have tons of cotton scraps. How do you make this if your material is not already quilted?

  2. Can you tell me where you purchased your material? Such a cute project!! Thanks!

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Came from Joann’s a few years ago. It may be a seasonal type fabric.

  3. I have a lot of solid color pre quilted material, could I sew my 5″ squares instead of 2 5.5 ones ?
    ( one 5″ pre quilted and 1 regular fabric)?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      sure, just adjust where needed.

  4. Bonnie Douglas says:

    I love your pictures and how you make everything look so simple. Your instructions are easy to follow as well. Thank you!!!

  5. Very nice and easy too!

  6. Nice idea. Looks really easy to make but turned out pretty. I like that they’re washable and tha fabric is sturdy. I plan to make these but will probably recycle a quilted garment. Thanks for the instructions.