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Christmas Mug Mats

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Materials
  • 9” x 7” of the front fabric, back fabric and Battilizer® or low loft batting for each mug mat
  • 6” x 4” of mottled cream quilt fabric for reindeer antlers
  • 4” x 4” of tan quilt fabric for reindeer
  • 6” x 6” of white on white quilt fabric for snowman
  • 3” x 3” of Burgundy print, Black print, Dark Gold print and Burgundy for the elves
  • 2 ½“x 42” strip of prints for bindings
  • Heat N Bond Lite for all applique pieces
  • Poly mesh stabilizer to fit the 5” x 7” hoop for the number of mats you wish to make
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Magic Sizing
  • Water Soluble Thread
  • Embroidery threads per the color charts

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    Please pay attention to the instructions for cutting the appliques using either the stitch and trim method or using the available SVG and FCM files for electronic cutters. If using the Brother Scan N Cut® download the FCM files as there are multiple appliques for the reindeer and the Scan N Cut® will not allow you to separate those pieces in an SVG file. The only thing special about cutting the appliques is that you want the applique pieces to extend into the borders so that no raw edges will meet the borders of the mug mat. It is easy, please see the instructions below. Instructions are included below for a super easy method of applying the ½” binding to this mug mat. You may have to rotate these designs to fit properly into your hoops, some hoops run vertically, some horizontally, some formats rotate the designs automatically, some do not, so open in the embroidery edit mode and rotate if necessary for your machine.


    Step 1:
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    For each mug mat you will need to hoop poly mesh stabilizer in your 5” x 7” hoop and will need a 9” x 7” rectangle of your front, back and Battilizer®; for the reindeer applique you will need a 4” x 4” rectangle of tan fabric for his face and a 6” x 4” mottled cream for the antlers; cut pieces of Heat N Bond Lite for the applique pieces; cut a 2 ½” strip of binding fabric the width of the fabric.


    Step 2:
    Press your applique piece 4 times with Magic Sizing to get them as crisp as paper; then apply the Heat N Bond Lite to the back of each piece. The shapes in the electronic cutting files may look a little strange. That is because they include extra fabric that will extended into the borders of the mug mat. Remove the paper backing from the Heat N Bond Lite and place on your cutting mat; cut the appliques. If you are using the stitch and trim method you will extend this extra fabric into the borders when trimming the appliques.

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    Step 3:
    Hoop poly mesh stabilizer in your 5” x 7” hoop; run color stop (CS 1) in a neutral thread as a placement line.

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    Step 4:
    Spray adhesive on the back of the front fabric and place over the placement line making sure that the fabric extends beyond the placement line by ½” on all sides; use water soluble thread for CS 2 to tack down the fabric.

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    Step 5:
    Run CS 3 in Sandy Shores (1084) as a placement line for the first antler.

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    Step 6:
    If you have precut your applique iron it into position at this time; then run CS 4 in the Sandy Shores thread, this is a tack down line which will just run around the edge of the applique.

    If using the stitch and trim method cut the 6” x 4” applique fabric into two pieces one measuring 3 ½” x 4” the second 2 ½” x 4”; spray with adhesive and place the 3 ½” x 4” piece over the placement line of this antler; run CS 4 as the tack down stitches; trim the applique right up next to the tack down lines; and then press the applique.

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    Step 7:
    CS 5 is the placement line for the second antler, CS 6 is its tack down stitches, due to the limitations of the hoop size these stitches, outlined in red, all fit within the boundaries of the mug mat, however the applique is to be applied or cut so that on the top and side edges where the antler meets the edges of the mat extend well into the outside border.

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    Step 8:
    CS 7 will border these applique pieces as shown; your mug mat should look like this too.

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    Step 9:
    Using the same techniques for running the outline and tack down stitches for the reindeers face with CS 8 and 9 in Buckskin (1328) the stitches will stitch within the border but the applique piece will extend into the border where the edges meet side and bottom of the mug mat.

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    Step 10:
    Follow the color chart through CS 14 to complete the embroidery on the mug mat.

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    Step 11:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop, turn the hoop over; spray adhesive on the Battilizer® and place over the placement lines making sure the Battilizer® extends ½” beyond the placement lines on all edges; spray adhesive on the wrong side of the back fabric and place over the Battilizer®.

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    Step 12:
    Return the hoop to the machine, run CS 15 in water soluble thread to tack down the Battilizer® and back fabric.

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    Step 13:
    Run CS 16 in Super White (1001) to quilt the mug mat.

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    Step 14:
    Lay a clear ruler on the mat aligning the ½” mark with the placement line and trim all edges to ½”.

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    Step 15:
    Your mug mat will now look like this.

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    Step 16:
    The above instructions are exactly the same for design CSMM04, the Reindeer with the Thank You Santa lettering; the Thank You Santa lettering will run on the same CS as the nose so even all the references to CS numbers are the same.

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    Step 17:
    For design files CMMS02 and CMMS03, the snowmen mug mats you will need a 6” x 6” white on white print for the applique and 9” x 7” rectangles of the front, back and Battilizer® as well as a 2 ½” x 42” strip for the binding. Following the same techniques as above and the color chart use CS 1 as a neutral placement line and water soluble thread for CS 2 as a tack down; CS 3, CS 4 and CS 5 are the placement line, tack down and borders for the snowman, place and or trim the applique as shown in this picture so that the bottom and side edges extend well into the border.

    Remove the hoop from the machine after CS 9 and place the Battilizer and back fabric on the back side of the hoop as in Step 11. Tack down the back fabrics with water soluble thread with CS 10 and quilt with white thread in CS 11. Trim the borders to ½” as in Step 14.

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    Step 18:
    The elves in CMMS05 do not touch the borders of the mug mat, so they are applied in the regular applique methods whether you are using precut or the stitch and trim method. You will need four 3” x 3” fabric squares for the gowns and hats prepared as in Step 2. Follow the color chart through CS 20 to applique and embroider the elves. Follow Steps 11 through 14 to complete the mug mat.

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    Step 19:
    Normally at this point we say “Bind as desired”, but I’ve found this really easy way of starting and ending your binding on these small projects so I thought I would share that with you too. Take the 2 ½” x 42” strip of binding fabric and press with Magic Sizing. Make a 45 degree fold from left to right at one end and press.

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    Step 20:
    Trim the folded piece to ¼”; trim off the dog ear that ill form on the upper right of the strip.

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    Step 21:
    Place the strip with the top edge of the point about 3” from the end of the mug mat, right sides together, on the bottom of the mug mat; with a stitch length on 3mm and a seam allowance of ½” stitch the binding to the bottom of the mug mat stopping ½” from the end of the mat with the needle in the down position.

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    Step 22:
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    Raise the presser foot and pivot so that you sew off the corner of the mat at a 45 degree angle (stitching line shown in black in this picture), sew right off the end of the corner and cut the threads.


    Step 23:
    In this picture the bottom of the mug mat is at the top of the picture and the side of the mug mat is on the right. Lift the binding strip up so that it is straight up from the side of the mat, it will form a diagonal fold from that stitched corner.

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    Step 24:
    Fold the binding strip back onto the mug mat having the fold align perfectly with the top edge of the mat, mark ½” from the bottom edge with a pin; starting a new seam at the top edge of the mat stitch with a ½” seam allowance to ½” from the bottom edge, pivot at that point and sew off the corner again.

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    Step 25:
    Repeat for the 3rd and 4th corner; only sew down the binding about 1” after forming the 4th corner. When placing the binding strip on the final edge locate the lower end of the bias strip that was first applied.

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    Step 26:
    Trim off the binding about ¼” below that lower folded edge and then seam the remainder of the binding to the mug mat.

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    Step 27:
    Bring the binding strips to the front of the project, fold the long edges to meet with the edges of the mat and then fold over the mat and hold in place with pins or craft clips. Fold over the binding on the side of the mat and then miter the corners and clip or pin into place.

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    Step 28:
    When you get to where the two piece of binding overlap at the bottom carefully align and fold them over together.

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    Step 29:
    Stitch the binding down with a blanket stitch, zigzag or straight stitch.

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    Step 30:
    Congratulations your Christmas Mug Mats are complete! Stitch up several for your grandkids with the Thank You Santa for them to leave cookies and milk and hot chocolate for Santa.

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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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