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ITH Sports Mug Mats

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Materials
  • 1/3 yard of background fabric will make two of the mug mats; green fabric is used for the soccer, football and pool table mug mats.
  • 1/3rd yard of tan fabric printed as a hardwood floor was used for the basketball and hockey mug mat
  • 10” x 7” rectangle of a mottled icy blue with silver metallic swirls is used in the hockey mat to represent ice.
  • 10” x 7” of low loft batting or Battilizer® for each mug mat
  • 12” x 7” of fusible web such as Heat N Bond Lite® for each mug mat plus a 10”x 7” piece fpr the hockey mat
  • Soft mesh stabilizer such as Weblon®, No-Show® or Poly-mesh® to fit your hoop
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scotch tape
  • 6” x 10” or larger embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery thread as called for in the color charts

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Though a size and time is given above, each sports mat is slightly different in size and in the time required to make depending upon the relative height to width measurement of the sports field being represented. Each mug mat also differs in the time to make depending upon the number of stitches required to make the design. Some will only take you a half hour to sew; the longest ones can be stitched in slightly less than an hour. The samples were stitched in a 12” x 8” hoop as a 6” x 10” hoop is not available for the machine used, but all are sized to fit in a 6” x 10” hoop.


    Step 1:
    For each mug mat cut: 2 7”x12” rectangles of background fabric; 1 7” x 10” rectangle of fabric for the front of the matt; 7”x12” rectangle of low loft batting or Battilizer®; 2 6” x 7” rectangles of Heat N Bond Lite®; mesh stabilizer to fit your 6” x 10” hoop or larger.

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    Step 2:
    Take the two 7” x 12” rectangles of background fabric and the two 6”x 7” pieces of Heat N Bond Lite® to the ironing board. Following the manufacturer’s fuse the Heat N Bond’s Lite to one end of the 7” x 12” rectangle.

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    Step 3:
    Remove the paper side of the fusible web and fold the fabric over to cover the webbed side of the rectangle and fuse in place. Repeat for the remaining 7” x 12” background rectangle; you will now have two 6” x 7” folded pieces for the back of the mat.

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    Step 4:
    Hoop the stabilizer and run the first color stop (CS 1) in a color matching your background fabric; spray a little adhesive on the batting or Battilizer® and place over the placement line having the batting exceed the placement lines by ½” on all sides.

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    Step 5:
    Spray adhesive on the 7” x 10” rectangle of background fabric and align and smooth into place over the batting; run CS 2 in thread to match the background to tack down the fabric and batting.

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    Step 6:
    Follow the color chart through the next to last CS to complete the embroidery on the mat.

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    Step 7:
    Place one of the folded mat backs over the bottom of the mat aligning the raw edges of the mat at the end with the folded edge to the center of the mat; align the second back piece at the top of the mat with the folded edge to the center of the mat overlapping the first back piece; place scotch tape over the seam allowances at the sides just to prevent the presser foot from flipping up the fabric when the final seam is stitched.

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    Step 8:
    Run the final CS to complete the mat.

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    Step 9:
    Remove the project from the hoop; to reduce bulk in the mat cut away the stabilizer and then the batting right up next to the final seam lines.

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    Step 10:
    Trim the seam allowances on all sides to ¼”.

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    Step 11:
    Curve and clip the corners for smooth curves on your finished project.

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    Step 12:
    Turn the project right side out smoothing out the corners and press from the back with a steam iron.

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    Step 13:
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    Congratulations your first Sports Mug Mat is complete!


    Step 14:
    There a couple of additional steps for the Hockey mat as outlined below.


    Step 15:
    Cut a 10” by 7” rectangle of fabric to represent the ice; fuse Heat N Bond Lite® to the back of this fabric; after the initial tack down stitch is sewn the 3rd CS will stitch a placement line for the ice; run this CS.

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    Step 16:
    Lay the ice fabric over the placement line (do not fuse it yet); run CS 4 to tack down the ice; trim the ice fabric right up next to the tack down stitch and then fuse in place; complete the stitching of the mat as for the other mug mats.

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    Step 17:
    Due to the closeness of the crosses in the circle you will need to manually trim the jump stitches between the lines of the crosses on the Hockey mat.

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    Step 18:
    Have fun making all the versions of the sports mug mats!

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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    Anonymous Mar 12, 2017
    Have not tried this project yet but I would need a golf green with a flag stick on it and a hole number on the stick (could be #19) as in the 19 hole where refreshments usually await. I think I may try to find a way to do that using green fabric and an embroidery design already available from a company. Great idea.
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    Dorothy J S Apr 13, 2017
    What a great design/project! I used green felt for the fabric, so I didn't use batting. The felt gave it enough body. It turned out great.
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    Anonymous Jun 11, 2017
    Golf please!!!
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