Since it's almost Easter - I thought that this week I'd make a mug rug in that theme!
So I found a lovely tutorial from The Split Stitch
It was nice and easy to follow - and included the downloadable template for the egg shape.
I chose scrap fabric from my yellowish box today - to fit with the Easter theme!
The fleece I used for the batting wasn't wide enough -but I just joined 2 pieces together - knowing how much quilting seems to squish those seams down so they aren't noticeable.
So here's what I started with...
After quilting the top and batting together - I then cut out the egg shape...
And stitched the layers right sides together to the backing.
This mug rug was made without binding - just joining the two pieces together, turning out through a gap, then topstitching.
Although this was nice and easy (to avoid the tricky binding) - I don't think I like the end result quite as much.
Here it is compared to last week's mug (a bit like Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall)
I like the thicker feel when the quilting stitching runs through all the layers! But, I also really like my new little egg mug rug - and can see that binding that shape wouldn't be much fun!!
There is another mug rug tutorial that doesn't use binding, and is made slightly differently again - over at Razzle Dazzle Quilter.
Very cleverly - she turns the mug rug out through a hole in the backing, then hides the hole with matching fabric and fusible webbing! Another great idea to avoid that binding!
But next week - I shall be looking for another mug rug tutorial with binding - I really need the practice!