Monday, September 19, 2011

Strip-Pieced Zig-Zag Mug Rug

Welcome to my turn at Mug Rug Madness! Thank you to Erin at Two More Seconds for inviting me to be a part of this round. This is a fun blog hop and I'm so excited to be involved!

I've got this fun little zig-zag mug rug for you today. But don't worry, no half-square triangles involved here! This one's strip-pieced and can be put together while you're waiting for a batch of holiday cookies to finish baking. I made mine using the Ready Set Snow collection from Moda—the bright colors of this collection lend themselves all kinds of design possibilities. Ready to make yours?

1. Cut the following:

Blue stripe
• 1.5" x 7.5"

Red Christmas tree print
• 1.5" x 2.5"
• 1.5" x 7.5"
• 1.5" x 10"

Green stripe
• 1.5" x 7.5"
• 1.5 x 10"

White snowflake print
• 1.5" x 2.5"
• 1.5" x 7.5"
• 1.5" x 10"

Red swirl print
• 1.5" x 7.5"
• 1.5" x 10"

Blue dot
• (4) 1.5" x 2.5"
• 1.5" x 7.5"

2. Pair up the 7.5" and 10" strips that you just cut, using the photo above as a key. I.e., the blue stripe goes with one of the Christmas tree print strips, the other Christmas tree strip goes with a green stripe strip, etc. The 2.5" strips do not get paired up. Sew each pair of strips together.

3. Cut your sewn strips into 2.5" sections. You should now have 17 2.5" squares, plus the 6 additional 1.5" x 2.5" pieces.

4. Arrange the squares (plus the extra 1.5" x 2.5" rectangles) as shown above.

5. Sew the squares together into angled rows.

6. Sew the rows together, aligning the vertical seams to get the correct placement of each row.

7. Trim your mug rug by lining up one of the angled seams with the 45 degree line on your cutting board, as shown.

I trimmed mine to 6.75" x 8.75".

8. Quilt and bind you mug rug. I quilted straight zig-zag lines 1/4" from the seams.

9. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, relax, and enjoy!

Again, thanks again to Erin for hosting Mug Rug Madness. Hop over to her blog to see lots of other cute holiday mug rugs, plus tips and tricks for making your own.


Kylie Lloyd said...

what a cute mug rug

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Very cute!

Andrea said...

I liked this version to zigzag. thanks for sharing

Linz said...

SO cute!!!

A.J. Dub. said...

Great project Lee! I may just have to try one of these today. :) Thanks!

Kati said...

Cute! I've done a zigzag quilt with HST, but have never tried the rectangle version. It looks like it would be a lot easier. I need to give it a try.

Jessica said...

so super cute! I'm on a huge zig zag kick, must try this out!!

**nicke... said...

very very cute lee! and very easy! i need to make one of these... just bigger!

Archie the wonder dog said...

It looks great!

Elizabeth D. said...

Super cute! I definitely need to give this technique a try sometime!

Connie said...

This is so cute! I will definitely have to make this! Thanks for sharing!

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

very great tutorial and sew cute!

Anne D said...

Love it.

Gina said...

Thanks for putting the tutorial together! Your method looks to easy! Thank you! and I love your fabric color choice!

Jenniffier said...

That is really cute!

Melissa @ Sew BitterSweet Designs said...

awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing your methods!

...julia... said...

Love this!!

Jana said...

Thanks for sharing this with us. I LOVE this way to get the zig zag. It's a gorgeous little mug rug.

Carrie P. said...

Great mug rug. I have been seeing all the different patterns. so fun.
I am visiting via Angie's blog. said...

The strip-pieced zigzag is way easier than all those HST's and is how I made the Rainbow Zigzag Quilt specially for my niece. I blogged about it here:
I'm thinking of making a little one like yours out of all the scraps.

Andrea said...

This tutorial is simply wonderful! I'm so making this tonight for my FMQG Mug Rug Swap at our monthly meeting this Saturday. Thanks so much!

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