Do you save the selvedges from your fabric? Finally, here’s a good (cute!) way to put them to use: our free selvedge mug rug pattern!
If you’ve been wanting to try a project using up some of your cute selvages, this is the perfect mug rug for you! It’s quick and easy and you’ll discover just how much fun sewing with selvages can be!
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- 6″ x 9″ piece of batting
- 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ piece of backing fabric
- Marking pen
- 10-15 selvage strips in varying widths (¼” to 1½” of printed fabric in addition to the selvage), approximately 10″ long
- 2″ x 30″ strip of fabric for binding
Step 1: Marking the angle
Layer the batting on top of the backing fabric, with the backing fabric right side down. Using the 45-degree marking line of a ruler, draw a line on the batting. Start in one corner and draw the line all the way to the opposite side of the batting, as shown above.
Step 2: Sewing the selvage strips
Layer the first selvage strip on the batting with the raw edge along the marked line. Layer the second selvage on top of the first, overlapping the raw edge by at least 1/4″. The raw edge will be tucked safely under the bound edge of the second selvage strip.
Sew along the bound edge of the second strip 1/16″ to 1/8″ from the edge, as shown above. This sewing line will provide your piecing and quilting all in one step. The raw edge will be hidden and the fun designs on the selvages will show.
Repeat layering the selvages and sewing along the bound edge. Always check to make sure the raw edge is at least 1/4″ under the bound edge of the selvage strip on top.
Once your selvage strips are all sewn, your mug rug will look like this. Notice all of the sewing lines begin and end at the edges of the backing fabric.
Step 3: Trimming the edges
From the back of the mug rug, trim the edges 1/4″ inside the backing fabric on each side.
This will result in a 6″ x 9″ mug rug that is fully quilted and ready for binding.
Step 4: Binding
[If you’re not familiar with binding quilts, start here!]
This binding is cut 2″ wide and folded and pressed lengthwise, wrong sides together. Layer the binding on top of the BACK of the mug rug along the edge. Notice that the edge of the mug rug peeks out from under the binding strip just slightly. This will allow a slightly wider strip on the front for finishing.
Sew the binding strip using a 1/4″ seam allowance and turn the corners as you would any binding. Stop sewing 1/4″ before the corner. Fold the strip to the right at a 90-degree angle and finger press the crease. Now fold the binding down along the next edge, creating a folded flap in the corner as shown.
Once you have completed sewing the binding to the back of the mug rug, fold it over to the front. Pressing this step may be helpful. Topstitch with a straight stitch, zigzag or decorative stitch with a generous 1/4″ seam allowance from the edge. Notice how close to the edge of the binding this is being stitched in the same manner the selvages were sewn together. This will secure the binding on the front without sewing through the binding on the back.
This is what the finished mug rug binding will look like from the back. Notice the binding top stitch seam is very close to but not on top of the binding. This method can be used on any size quilt!
Now admire your little selvage mug rug! This makes a great gift for a friend, or a fun and useful gift for yourself. I use mine in my sewing room, of course! Don’t forget to share your finished mug rugs in our project gallery. We love to see your creativity!