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Valentines Day Mug Rug

I love Valentines Day!  Not just because it is a day dedicated just to LOVE, but also because this special day is a great reason to make something for someone you love!  Making a Valentine’s Day Mug Rug is a great way to show someone you care.  These fun and simple sewing projects are just the thing to make for your special Valentine!  Let me show you how!

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Valentines Day mug rug Making the dresden PLATE

One of the cutest things about these mug rugs are the Dresden plates!  These are super easy to make.  Just use your acrylic template and cut out as many as you would like.  For each Valentines Day Mug Rug, you will need approximately 7-8 Dresden Blades.  If you plan to make a bunch of mug rugs you can cut out lots more!  You can get 1-2 blades out of each Charm Square.  Be sure to cut a variety to make your project even more interesting!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 1

Once you cut out the Dresden blades, you will fold the right sides together and sew a straight line across the top.  I like to chain piece these together.  The sewing goes quickly and before you know it, you will have a garland string of dresden blades!

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 2

Clip the threads between each blade and turn the top of each blade right side out.  Use your Purple Thang to achieve a nice crisp point at the top.  Press each blade and then sew them together as shown below.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Step 3


Once you have about 7-8 of these blades sewn together, you can machine appliqué them onto your background fabric.  The amount of blades you use in each mug is relative to the size of your background fabric.  I typically cut my background fabric to 10″ x 8″.  It’s okay if the blades extend past the background fabric.  We will trim that down later.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Applique 1

You can cut a circle from one of your charm squares to add your center.  I like to zig-zag appliqué those in place.  Use whatever fancy stitches that your machine can do.  You will want to make sure you cover the exposed dresden tips at the bottom.

Valentines Day Mug Rug Applique 5

Valentine’s Day mug rug – the finishing touch

Trim around the background fabric to your desired mug rug size.  Sandwich your batting between your Mug Rug top and backing.  Add your binding and before you know it – you have a really cute Valentines Gift!

Valentines Day Mug Rug

You really don’t need to have a Valentine to make these fun Mug Rugs!  These make great gifts for everyday as well!  Use up your scraps and make one for everyday use!  Check out these fun and scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rugs!

Scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rug

Cant you tell that I have a thing for Cotton + Steel fabric and Starbucks YAH Mugs?  I keep most of my fabric scraps and have well over 20 different YAH (You Are Here) mugs!  I love the black background on this one!  What about that striped binding!  Hello Tula Pink!!!

Scrappy Dresden Blade Mug Rug with fun prints
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If your scrap pile is anything like mine – I bet you will have plenty of materials for these little projects!  Grab your acrylic template and start making some today!  Let me know how it went for you in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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  1. I love your fabrics for the Valentines mug rug. What fabric line is that? I think I need some!

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      Hi Tammy! Thanks for your question. I used a fabric line that I received in my Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Subscription Box. The fabric is from Riley Blake and is called Petite Butterflies & Berries. You can use this link: http://shrsl.com/s9o9. Happy Sewing! ~Nicole

    2. I have been making mug rugs this past year in a swap so this will be a good one to do for February. Was trying to come up with something besides the usual hearts. Thanks.

  2. I’m ‘sew’ inspired! I’m going to need one of those templates to make the wedge shape. Where did you get yours?

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      Hi Cindy and thanks for your question! You can get your template from Amazon. Here is a link: http://amzn.to/2GdNRRt
      Happy Stitching! ~Nicole

  3. Karen Nummi Nelson says:

    Fun fun fun!!
    Great inspiration for a couple groups I belong to!
    Bunco, and a crafting sewing group!
    I’ll be ready for Xmas party – next year!! Woohoo!!

  4. Just in time, glad I found you! ??
    I also love the C&S fabs and my YAH mugs, too. ❣☕

  5. Penny Trice says:

    Hi Nicole!!

    Love this and am going to try my hand at it.

    Question? I do not see in the instructions what size your blades were cut to? I see that pieces can be cut up to 8”

    What size are yours?

    Thank you!

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      When you say ‘blade’, are you talking about my rotary cutter? I use a 45 cm blade for my cutter. For my smaller cutter, I believe the size is 28cm.

      1. just an fyi…The sections of the dresden are called “Blades” or sometimes petals. 🥰

        1. Nicole Moore says:

          That’s correct!

  6. What a great idea! I love it! Thanks!

  7. Hi Nicole!

    I love this and want to make. I have the template mentioned,. What size on the template did you use to cut each blade as I did not see that info. In the instructions.

    Thank you,

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      I think I used the 5″ size for the mug rug. Happy Stitches!

  8. What is the diameter of the circle?

    1. Nicole Moore says:

      I really can’t remember – I think I just made a circle that would fit my needs!

  9. This is so adorable, and I’ve been making dresdens for two quilts, so I’m ready for a few more! Maybe a couple of placemats, too. I think I’ll make some for the granddaughters ❤️
    Thanks for sharing this design with us, Nicole!!!

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