Christmas Mug Rug | Holiday How to | Whitney Sews | Paper Piecing
Christmas Mug Rug | Holiday How to | Whitney Sews | Paper Piecing

Hi everyone! I’m Whitney and I post sewing
and crafting tutorials here on Whitney Sews. Today I’ll be showing how to make a paper
pieced Christmas mug rug perfect for Santa’s milk and cookies. But first, if you haven’t
already, make sure to hit that red subscribe button down below so you don’t miss out on
any of my future videos. Now onto the tutorial. You will need to draw out the paper pieced
design shown here. I designed it to be a Christmas tree and a red and white section that reminded
me of peppermints and candy canes. There’s a picture of it on my website you can save
to refer back to. The design measures 9 by 7.5 inches. You can create your own design
if you want. Just keep in mind that it will be reversed when finished. After you have
the design drawn out and numbered you are ready to start sewing. Turn the piece over and place a piece of fabric
right sides up on the section marked with the number 1. It needs to extend at least
¼ inch passed all the section’s edges. Then place another piece right sides down on the
first. Test it by flipping it up as if you’ve sewn along the line dividing sections 1 and
2 to make sure it covers all of section 2 plus at least ¼ inch past the edges. Pin
the fabrics in place. Then turn it over and double check that the fabrics are place right
by holding the paper up to a light to see through it. If everything looks good then
take it to the sewing machine and sew along the line between sections 1 and 2. Backstitch
at the beginning and end so the stitches don’t come out when tearing the paper away later. Now it’s time to do some trimming. First fold
the paper along the line you just sewed and cut the seam allowance down to ¼ inch. Then
iron the pieces open. Next fold along one side of the tree and trim the excess fabric
¼ inch past the folded paper. Repeat for the other side of the tree. And lastly fold
along the line between sections 2 and 3 and trim off the excess with a ¼ inch seam allowance. Now onto adding the next piece. Line it up
right sides down on the previous piece. Test to make sure it will cover the section with
seam allowance. Pin, flip over and sew along the line between sections 2 and 3. Iron the
piece open. Then fold along the sides of the tree and trim like before with a ¼ inch seam
allowance. Repeat with the remaining sections of the tree. Then it’s time to add the sky in the same
method as the tree. The candy cane section has to be sewn together separately, so fold
the fabric back and trim the paper right along the line dividing the two design sections.
Piece that half the same as the tree just alternating red, white, red, white. When trimming
each section add an extra ¼ inch to the cut side of the design. You should end up with two pieced sections
that look something like this. Each one should have the extra seam allowance on one edge.
Place the two pieces right sides together and sew to attach. Open it up and iron flat.
Carefully tear away the paper from the back. Your piecing is done and it’s time to quilt!
Layer a backing right sides down, batting, and the top right sides up. Baste all the
layers together. I’m using a basting spray – there’s a link below if you want to check
this one out. Then quilt the mug rug however you like. I used my walking foot and a variegated
thread for the tree side and white for the other. This size of quilting project is great
for practice quilt. Then finish the piece off with binding and you are done! There you have it! A mug rug fit for Santa’s
milk and cookies! This is a fun project to make and pretty quick and easy once you get
the hang of paper piecing. If you want to check out more of my paper
piecing videos I’ll have the playlist linked right over there. Make sure you’ve subscribed
by clicking my my pic right there and come back next Wednesday for a new tutorial. Until
then, happy sewing!

13 thoughts on “Christmas Mug Rug | Holiday How to | Whitney Sews | Paper Piecing”

  1. Janet Coker says:

    Super cute Whitney! I love it! Thank you! Merry Christmas!

  2. Linda Bridges says:

    Cute!! Will be making this. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Shelley Troupe says:

    Love it! Thanks Whitney and hi, once again, from Ireland. Happy Holidays!

  4. Ivonne Walters says:

    Thanks Whitney! Great scrap buster and practice paper piecing. Merry Christmas to you and your family. 🎄🎅🏻⛄️

  5. Dora Gomer says:

    truly cute

  6. Debbie MacKenzie says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I really fancy trying paper piecing. Your instructions made it really easy to follow. Thank you 😊 Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas, love from the UK x

  7. Janet Fletcher says:

    Beautiful! I may have to make this.

  8. tressie carter says:

    ❤️️ merry Christmas Whitney!!

  9. Ornella Day says:

    Hi Witney, cute project. Thanks for all your tutorials and a Merry Christmas to you and your family ☆★ Question: what do you use to keep your rotary blade sharp? I have a gadget that you place the blade inside and then roll along but I think I must not be using it correctly. Thoughts? Buon Natale from the UK.

  10. Kandy Crowe says:

    Very good! Liked the bit about the two halves and allowing for the 1/4" seam. I think I'll try this since I just bought some more foundation piecing paper. Thank you for sending this to me.

  11. LINDA BROWN says:

    Merry Christmas!

  12. Pam Greer says:

    thank you for showing the back!!! Such a help. So many tutorials only show the fancy front and I had no idea how my back was supposed to look.

  13. Linda DeChow says:

    I enjoy your paper piecing videos. This one is really cute and would make a really cute gift in a set. Thank you.

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