Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine Mug Rug & Tips for Sewing Curves and Inside Corners

Just in time for Valentine's Day, a mug rug made from my red-est and pink-est scraps.

The patchwork is 1-inch squares, finished.  The mug rug itself is about 9.5 inches wide, 8.5 inches tall. 

The inspiration for this quick little project came from this pin HERE.

The biggest challenge I had with this was sewing the binding around the extreme curves.  Fortunately, I know a few tricks for sewing curves, and they came in handy on this project.

Tips for sewing binding onto curves:

1 - Cut your binding on the bias.  This allows your fabric to stretch much easier around the curves.

2 - Go SLOWLY when sewing around your curves.  There is nothing wrong with stopping every few stitches to adjust your fabric and check your progress.

3- Learn how to sew binding onto an inside corner.  This will help with so much frustration when sewing a project like this.  

I actually learned a handy trick for sewing inside corners from THIS post. It is presented as a tip for serging, but it works for regular sewing, as well.  It is how I got the binding into that deep inside corner at the top of the heart.

Now I am going to pack this sweet thing up and send it to it's new owner.  
Happy Valentine's Day!

Fort Worth Fabric Studio    Needle and Thread Thursday


  1. How cute!!! And one I'd use allll year long! I hope you'll stop by and share at my TUesday Archives linky party as our theme this Tuesday, Feb. 11th is Valentines: love & hearts!! Val from

  2. Wish I had seen this sooner. Would be just the thing for Grandkid Valentines... a mug rug or a pot holder. Oh well, there's always next year. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is just adorable! Thanks for the tips on sewing the bindings on a curve.


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