One of my good friends asked me to make her some mug rugs. She was looking for a “Back to School” theme and I came across the perfect pattern! The Colored Pencils pattern by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play is a fun and easy foundation paper piecing pattern that is just perfect for using up your precious scraps! I am a HUGE fan of Kristy’s patterns. She totally gets the need for fun and contemporary patterns. She even has quite a few modern patterns as well! At the time I made this project, her Colored Pencils pattern was free. I may still be! Let me show you all about the Colored Pencils Mug Rug that I made for my friend Janelle!
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Colored Pencil Mug Rug – Materials List
- Rainbow assortment of fabric scraps
- Background fabric
- Fabric for “pencil lead”
Colored Pencil Mug Rug – supply List
- Sewing Machine (here are some machines I recommend)
- Cotton Thread (I have a recurring order for this thread – I love it!)
- Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (I used this smaller cutter on this project)
- Rotary Cutting Mat (I used this cutting mat on this project)
- Iron & Ironing Board (I’m currently using this brand of iron)
- Add-A-Quarter Acrylic Ruler (this is the BEST ruler for foundation paper piecing)
- Foundation Paper for pattern (I use this paper – it sews and tears away easily)
Colored Pencil Mug Rug – choosing the scraps
If you have been quilting for a little while, it does not take much time to start accumulating scraps of fabric. I love the fabrics that I buy and tend to keep many of the scraps that are generated with my various projects. This project was fun to make because the scraps reminded me of all the past project I originally made! Using some selvage edges, I added to the pattern along the bottom of the mug rug. I think that really “MADE” the mug rug!
I highly recommend you try this pattern. It is super fun and easy. If you need some help with foundation paper piecing, I recommend you take this online course by Carol Doak. She is an excellent virtual instructor! I finished this project off with some leftover binding from a previous project. I didn’t cut into any new fabric to make this fun Mug Rug! My friend Janelle loved her new Mug Rug!
I had a hard time remembering all the names of the fabric that I used in this mug rug. If you recognize one and know the name of it – please leave me a comment below!