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ITH French Café Girly Mug Mats

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Materials
  • For 1 mug mat:
  • 9” x 7” rectangle of white Kona® cloth for the face of the mat
  • 9” x 7” orange dot cotton fabric for the back of the mat
  • 9” x 7” Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • 2 ½” x 42” strip of black Kona® cloth for binding
  • No show stabilizer to fit the hoop
  • Spray adhesive
  • Water soluble thread
  • Black thread and bobbin for your sewing machine
  • Craft Clips

  • Designs used in this project
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  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/pat-williams/stockdesign/1/cgmm10.aspx
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  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    I usually give the dimensions for the binding strips to be cut at 2 ¼”, but in this project the binding strips are cut at 2 ½”. This is to allow extra binding to cover the wider seam allowance left on the blocks when they are cut to size. This is to maximize the size of mug mat made in a 5” x 7” hoop.


    Step 1:
    Cut the fabrics per the materials list above. Tautly hoop the stabilizer in the embroidery hoop.

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    Step 2:
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    The following pictures show the project being stitched on a multi-needle machine. If you are doing the same, rotate the design 90 degrees at the machine. If you are stitching on a single needle machine you do not need to rotate the design.


    Step 3:
    Run the first color stop (CS) in a neutral color as a placement line. I would normally use white thread for this color stop but have chosen orange for this photograph so that you can more easily see it.

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    Step 4:
    Spray adhesive on the white Kona® cloth and position over the placement line so that the fabric exceeds the placement line by 1” on all sides. Tack the fabric to the stabilizer with water soluble thread with CS 2. Water soluble thread is used for the tack down stitches now and at the end of the project so that these stitches can be removed with a damp cloth if the event that the bonding does not cover them when the project is completed. If you have no objection to them showing in the final project you can run this color stop with white thread.

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    Step 5:
    Follow the color chart for the design you have chosen to embroider the design. Do not stitch the last two color stops yet.

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    Step 6:
    Remove the hoop from the machine; do not unhoop; place the hoop face down on a flat surface; spray adhesive on the rectangle of Battilizer® and place over the back of the hoop so that the edges of the Battilizer® exceed the original placement line by 1” on all sides; spay adhesive on the back fabric and align right side up over the Battilizer®.

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    Step 7:
    Return the hoop to the machine, make sure the back fabrics remain smoothed on the back of the hoop. Run the next to last CS in water soluble thread to tack down the back fabrics.

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    Step 8:
    Run the final CS in white thread to quilt the mug mat.

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    Step 9:
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    Trim all edges of the block to ½” from the water soluble tack down stitches.
     


    Step 10:
    Following the instructions in the article “Binding Small Embroidery Projects”. Stitch the 2 ½” binding folded in half lengthwise with a ¼” seam to the back of the mug mat.

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    Step 11:
    This will give you approximately ½” of binding to fold to the front of the mat to meet up with the water soluble tack down lines. Clip the binding to the front of the mug mat.

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    Step 12:
    Stitch down the binding with a straight or decorative stitch. I like to use the E stitch or blanket stitch on my machine.

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    Step 13:
    No matter how carefully we measure everything some of the tack down stitches may show around the edges of our quilted blocks. This is why we use water soluble thread.

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    Step 14:
    Dip the corner of a cloth or sponge and wipe across the water soluble thread which will dissolve the thread.

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    Step 15:
    This was almost impossible to get a photo of, but the red line is showing the bobbin thread that has now been released by the water soluble thread being dissolved on the front of the mat. Pull this bobbin thread off the back of the mug mat and clip as needed.

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    Step 16:
    Congratulations your French Café Girly Mug Mat is complete. Make all 10 as great gifts and craft fair items.

    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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