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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mug Rugs With A Shabby French Flair

 This is what I did today.

Actually I started them yesterday,
and just finished.
What is a Mug Rug?
  It is a mini quilt that is between the size of a coaster and a place-mat, 
 the perfect size for a cup of whatever you're drinking and a little treat beside it.

Mug Rugs are a great way to use fabric from your scrap box.
I think it is important to use up those scraps.  
They're little bits and pieces of treasure just waiting to be reclaimed. 


I made these for a girlfriend that could use a little hug.



I hope she likes them :)


Do you have a favorite?


 I made my labels with transfer paper :)






The embroidery designs for the stack of cups,
 Eiffel tower and the silverware are from:
Urban Threads.
http://www.urbanthreads.com/ 

And the French chef is from:
Embroidery Designs.
http://www.embroiderydesigns.com/



I hope that you had a little time to play today.

Keep Smiling.
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

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47 comments:

  1. Cute mug rugs.....I like the chef. Nice way to get rid of material and you see results right away when making something. You sure are having so much fun with your sewing machine!!!! Do you have an outlet to sell your mug rugs??? Have a nice week making and sewing stuff. Stay warm.

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    1. Hi Louise, I really have only tried twice to sell my things. Once was a one day fair and the other a holiday booth. I just make them to give to friends and family :) Everyone like homemade gifts and I have fun making them :)

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  2. They are so cute, love the paris one.

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  3. Not to mention a great way to practise the fmq-ing! I love the chef too! Amazing how little scraps can become such treasures!

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    1. Good Morning Raewyn, I love using up my scraps.

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  4. I love them all - they are great!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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    1. Good Morning Liz, you are a sweetie, thank you :)

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  5. Cute idea, Connie! Love the teacup one. It seems like a great project for using up those scraps. I'm always looking for ways to use mine.

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    1. Hi Kathy, I know! If I knew how to throw one of those blog parties . . .
      I think doing a "What do you do with your fabric scraps?" would be a fun topic.

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  6. I guess I already have a mug rug and didn't realize what it is. The one you made with the teacups is my favourite.

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    1. Hi Judith, I think a mug rug is a new name for a hot pad :) That's what we always called them :)

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  7. I love them all Connie but I think for me the French chef with his baguettes bowls me over. I'm sure your girlfriend will love them too. Happy Wednesday.
    Patricia x

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    1. Hi Patricia, Happy Wednesday to you too. I'm happy that you like them :)

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  8. Wow! Nifty stuff. You sure have some talent.

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    1. Oh, you're not just a princess, you're a sweet one :)

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  9. Your mug rugs are lovely Connie!...I do like the Urban Threads designs too..
    Hope you've had a wonderful start to 2014,
    Susan x

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    1. Hi Susan, thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello. Urban Threads does have some remarkable designs :)

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  10. I love these. Not only the embroidery designs that you used but the free motion embroidery you did on them. That just looks awesome. I have got to give that a try. I don't think I have the right foot to do that though

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    1. Hi Ann, I purchased a freehand embroidery foot for my machine, and then I read that if you just drop your feet and don't use any foot at all on your machine, that you can do it that way. I would just be afraid that without a foot on the machine I might get my fingers a little bit too close.
      Check this You Tube video out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylMy6QdsZr4

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  11. Your friend will love a hug with the mug rug! So cute...You are becoming and embroidery pro, I love your designs.

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, thank you so much and might I say, that it is lovely to see you :)

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  12. These are wonderful, Connie - I would have a hard time picking a favorite, though. Your friend is going to be very surprised and happy and I am sure it will cheer her right up. xo Karen

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    1. Hi Karen, thank you . . . she had a bad fall and was hospitalized. Now she's home and better, but what a scare.

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  13. I LOVE THESE! I couldn't pick one, they go so well together. You have really learned how to use that embroider machine. I guess I had no idea it would do so much. Great job Connie.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Hi Cindy, I am having so much fun with this machine. I'm happy that I decided to purchase it after thinking about it for year :)

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  14. These are great, my favorite is the stacked cups!
    You are so talented and kind. Your friend is lucky to have you :)

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    1. Hi Kelly, you are always so sweet . . . I'm happy that you like my mug rugs, I had fun making them :)

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  15. These are lovely Connie . Your embroidery is lovely

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  16. Yes.. I have a favorite... it's the one with the stacked cups. So cute!
    Love them all, but that one is certainly charming!!
    You are thoughtful and kind-hearted and I'm sure that your thoughtful gift will be welcomed by your friend.

    Stay warm and happily crafting :)

    {{hugs}}
    K.

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    1. Hello Kerin, it is great to hear from you. Those cups are cute aren't they :)

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  17. These are adorable and the stack of cups is my favorite!!

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    1. Hi Connie, I think that the stacked cups are coming in as the #1 favorite, with the little chef following as second place. Thanks for visiting :)

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  18. I did have time to play today! I cross stitched and pieced another portion of a quilt! I love the teacup stack embroidery design. You've got a great idea for those little scraps!

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    1. Hi Amy, it is great to see you and thanks you for your sweet and encouraging words :)

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  19. They all look beautiful :). I know your friend will love them. Every gift made from the heart is a treasure.

    Blessings

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  20. such cute embroidered designs on your mug rugs.

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  21. These are so cute! You've made some pretty designs! Enjoy your afternoon!

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  22. Dear Connie, these are just wonderful. Love them all!

    Hugs,
    Gaby

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  23. Hi Connie, I love your Blog, candy for the eyes :) Thank you for leaving a sweat comment on my blog. Now, I'm following through Bloglovin.

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    1. Hello Margarita, thank you for the compliments; I am so happy that you like my little spot in blog-land :)

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