Halloween is fast approaching! Create your own Halloween decorations starting with an easy but amazing mug rug! If you can create a square, you can create a mug rug!
Can you draw a square with running stitches? If you can, then you can make your own mug rug! It’s that easy! And don’t forget tons of fun too. In this project blog, we are going to create a cool and easy mug rug and stitch it out, step by step. Let’s get started!
Polymesh cutaway stabilizer, quilt batting, two colors of fabric, applique scissors, Halloween embroidery design.
CREATING THE DESIGN
1. Let’s draw a square! In Hatch, you can go to digitize and use the square to create your square. For regular mug rugs, I find that 5 x 5 is a good size, although you can make it any size that you want to!
2. Copy and paste that square, and make it a tiny bit smaller, just inside the first square. Don’t forget to change the color so the machine stops!
HINT: when I am creating and doing appliques I stick with a BLUE/RED sequence to keep track of all of the appliques and stops and trims. The blue is the placement stitch, and the red is the tack down stitch. It makes it easier for me to remember the steps! You can do any colors, just keep them the same.
3. Copy and paste the square again, but this time make it quite a bit smaller, to fit in the center of the first squares. Make sure you have a little bit of room on each side. You can make it bigger or smaller than mine – I did mine around 3.6 square, kind of a nice balance of room in the center for my design, as well as a nice frame around the outside.
4. Take the SMALLER square and copy and paste, keep the size the same but change the stitch type to a zig-zag.
5. Take that square again and change the stitch type to either satin or a motif stitch.
HINT: Hatch makes appliques easy – just use the applique stitch tool for the center squares – it will change the colors and the stitch types for you! You can eliminate steps 3, 4 and 5 and just have one step in your resequence.
6. Create or insert your design into the middle of the square. For the mug rug I made for this blog, I used a design from UltimateStash.com called Boo Small, and it fits perfectly into the center of my design.
7. Copy and paste the first LARGE square (back at step 1) and move that square to the end of all of the steps, after the main center design. This will be your finishing stitches that is going to hold everything together, so I would suggest either doing the running stitches twice or doing a strong backstitch or both!
STITCHING OUT THE DESIGN
Now we are ready to stitch! Each of the stitching steps basically follows along with the steps above. Let’s go to the machine!!
1. Stitch out the placement stitches onto the cutaway stabilizer that his hooped nice and tight.
2. Add your thin quilt batting and your favorite Halloween fabric – make sure that you leave some edges of fabric around the outside mug rug, so there is room to trim at the end.
3. Stitch out the tack down stitches for the big square and the little center one (pictured above).
4. Once that has completed stitching, cut out the center part of the design – you can leave this if you want, but I think it looks better with two different colors!
5. Stitch the placement line and trim the fabric as close as possible to the line to keep the applique neat and tidy!
6. Stitch out the zig zag square and then the satin (or motif) cover stitches.
7. Stitch out your embroidery design. The Embroidery design we used for this cute mug rug is from the UltimateStash.com. Click HERE to get the “Boo Small” design for yourself!
8. Once your embroidery design has finished stitching, your machine should stop before the final color stitches. You need to prepare your fabric for this part of the mug rug. This takes care of any sewing – so once your design is done all you need to do is trim and turn. You need to have two pieces of fabric that are large enough to cover the whole mug rug design, plus an inch or two. Fold this fabric in half so that the pretty side is up, and place the fold towards the middle of the design. Do the same with the second piece of fabric, making sure there is an overlap in the folds – and make sure that both folds are towards the middle, not at the edges of the mug rug. You can finger press the folds to stay more flat, but if you are worried about the pieces moving, then use a little bit of painter’s tape to hold everything together.
HINT: this last step is easier if you have larger pieces of fabric so that if you don’t place them perfectly, everything will still be lined up.
Once you have completed this last step, you can take your design off of the machine and out of the hoop. Trim the mug rug out, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Make sure you clip the corners of the square so that you have nice sharp edges when you turn it.
Now all you have to do is turn the mug rug, using those cool folds that you made! Super easy to do and no sewing! Make sure you carefully poke out the corners that your clipped, so that you have nice sharp corners on your final design.
I hope everyone has tons of fun creating mug rug designs for Halloween. If you are in the Hatch Facts group, I will be doing a step by step video on how to create this mug rug!
Until next time