Heart Mug Rug – A Quick and Easy Sewing Project

Heart Mug Rug – A Quick and Easy Sewing Project

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oversized coasters featuring Happy at Home fabric by Tara Reed

Grab your fabric scraps – let’s make a heart mug rug for Valentine’s Day or any day!

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to make a quick and easy mug rug a 6″ heart quilt block! A mug rug is basically an oversized coaster – in the shape of a rug – with room for snacks – who doesn’t like a snack?

☕️ 🏷️ Get the free tag printable if you will be making mug rugs as gifts


Mug Rug Size

There is not specific size for a mug rug and there are no mug rug police (that I know of!) wandering around letting sewists know they got it wrong.

My mug rug goal size is 6 1/2″ x 9 1/2″ – all but 1 worked out correctly. (See the video at the 2 min 21 seconds mark for more about that) To achieve that size I started with a Quilt-as-you-go base of 7 /2″ x 11″ but you can do any size. You always want the front to be a little larger than your goal size as things might shift a little as you quilt. So you do the front bigger then trim to the backing size. And if you need to trim both – that’s ok too!


heart quilt block mug rug supplies
heart quilt block mug rug supplies


  • 6″ Heart Quilt Block (click here for the tutorial)
  • Fabric scraps for front
    • 7 /2″ x 11″ for this tutorial but you can do any size
  • Back fabric
    • 7″ x 10″
  • Quilt-as-you-go backing fabric
    • Quilt Batting and muslin or cotton
    • fusible fleece
    • Pellon flex-foam
    • and more. Get creative and use your scraps!
  • FREE tag printable




00:00 introduction
00:17 Mug Rug Supplies
00:46 Supplies
02:12 Quilt as you Go
04:51 Tips for adding trim
05:59 Quilting the heart
06:06 Trim to size
07:37 Pin front to back
08:07 Sew
09:17 How to gift a Mug Rug

You can find more detailed written directions for making a mug rug on this blog post. It uses a fabric square instead of a quilt block but the basic technique is the same. This is what I love about mug rugs – they can be spontaneous and creative and use up those fabric scraps!

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💌  Tara Reed

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