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.
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