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Tea Time Mug Mats for the 6” x 10” Hoops

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Materials
  • For each mug mat:
  • 5 ½” x 6 ½” center fabric
  • 2 3 ½” x 6 ½” side fabric for side panels
  • 1 10 ½” x 6 ½” fabric for back
  • 1 10 ½” x 6 ½” Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • 1 2 ¼” x 38” strip of fabric for binding
  • Poly-mesh stabilizer to fit your hoop
  • Adhesive spray
  • ¼” sewing foot for your sewing machine

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Using stitch and flip techniques, redwork tea time designs and all over stippled quilting make these mug mats easy to stitch up in your embroidery hoop. We usually instruct you to bind with your favorite binding techniques, and you are encouraged to do so, however a really simple method for joining binding on small projects will be presented for those that do not have a favorite method yet. The files in this project are made for a 6” x 10” hoop, but as I don’t have one, the pictures in the instructions are shown in an 8” x 12” hoop.


    Step 1:
    For each tea time mug mat you will need the materials as listed in the material list above.

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    Step 2:
    Hoop the poly mesh stabilizer in your hoop. Run color stop (CS 1) in a neutral color as a placement line for the Battilizer®.

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    Step 3:
    Spray adhesive on the back of a Battilizer® rectangle and place over the outline having the Battilizer® exceed the outline by ½” in all directions.

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    Step 4:
    Run CS 2 in a neutral color to stitch a placement line for the center rectangle.

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    Step 5:
    Spray adhesive on the back of the center fabric, it will reach from top to bottom of the Battilizer® and will exceed the placement line by ¼” on each side.

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    Step 6:
    Change your top thread to water soluble thread, stitch CS 3 to tack down the center fabric.

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    Step 7:
    Lay one of your side panel strips face down on the center fabric aligning the left side of the panel with the left side of the center fabric; do not spray with adhesive.

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    Step 8:
    Lay the second side panel face down on the right side of the center fabric aligning the right edges; run CS 4 in neutral thread to stitch down the two side panels.

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    Step 9:
    Spritz a little adhesive spray on the Battilizer® where the side panels will be folded over; fold the panels over the Battilizer® and finger press into place.

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    Step 10:
    Run CS 5 in water soluble thread to tack down the side panels.

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    Step 11:
    Switch threads to a color that coordinates with your fabric to stitch the redwork design for CS 6.

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    Step 12:
    Remove the hoop from the machine; do not unhoop; turn the hoop over; spray the wrong side of the back fabric with adhesive and place over the back of the mug mat aligning it with the Battilizer® that shows through the stabilizer; return the hoop to the machine and run CS 7 in water soluble thread to tack down the back fabric.

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    Step 13:
    Run the final CS in a thread color desired for all of the quilting; the quilting is done in an overall stipple design so choose a thread that goes with both the center panel as well as the side panels.

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    Step 14:
    Remove the project from the hoop; align the ¼” mark on the ruler with the water soluble stitching lines and trim all sides to ¼”.

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    Step 15:
    Pictures are shown for the lavender binding going on another mug mat as the black binding would not photograph clearly enough for you to see though the steps are exactly the same. Trim one end of your binding strip at a 45 degree angle.

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    Step 16:
    Turn and press down a ¼” seam allowance on the binding strip.

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    Step 17:
    Fold the binding in half lengthwise with the pressed in ¼” to the inside; align the binding with the edge of the mug mat; the top of the binding should be about a 1/3 of the way down the bottom of the mat; use a wonder clip or pin to hold it in place.

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    Step 18:
    A ¼” foot helps apply the binding; attach it to your machine; Feed the mat and the binding into your machine. Start stitching with a 3 mm straight stitch ¼” from the edge and about 1 ½” below the lower edge of the angle pressed into the binding strip.

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    Step 19:
    Stitch to ¼” from the side edge of the mat; leave the needle down in the fabric.

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    Step 20:
    Pivot the mat and stitch to the exact corner of the mat; this will make a 45 degree angle stitch which will make folding the mitered corner easier.

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    Step 21:
    This is what your seam should look like.

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    Step 22:
    Fold back the binding strip like this forming the 45 degree angle.

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    Step 23:
    Then fold the binding forward so that the top edge is even and straight with the mug mat.

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    Step 24:
    Start your stitching at the very top of the binding strip and stitch down to ¼” from the next corner edge; pivot the mat and stitch off at the 45 degree angle again. Repeat these steps for the third and 4th corners of the mat.

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    Step 25:
    When stitching down the last side of the mat just stitch about 1 ½” from the top edge; do not sew over the beginning binding angle yet.

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    Step 26:
    Lay the end of the binding you are sewing down over the angled end of the binding to see where that end will be at least ¼” longer than the lowest fold on the angled end. Trim the top binding strip at that measurement.

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    Step 27:
    Tuck the trimmed end inside the angled end of the binding and hold in place with a wonder clip; trim off the little dog ear formed by the ¼” turn in on the angled end. Note” in this picture the mug mat is turned around from the last picture.

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    Step 28:
    Complete the seam to attach the binding to the mug mat.

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    Step 29:
    Fold the binding over the top of the mug mat and hold in place with craft clips; miter the corners by folding the binding on the left over the binding on the right.

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    Step 30:
    Complete folding the binding over the mug mat all the way around the mat. Stitch the binding to the mat with a straight stitch close to the inside edge of the binding; use a thread that matches the binding in the top of your machine and a thread that blends with the back fabric of the quilt in the bobbin.

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    Step 31:
    As you will have to remove the clips from the corners as you sew down the binding a long stylus or wooden tool will be useful to hold the mitered corners in place; pivot at the corners to complete the stitching around the binding.

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    Step 32:
    Congratulations your Tea Time Mug Mat is complete!

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    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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