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ITH Dad Mug Rugs

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Materials
  • For each mug rug:
  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • 2 8” x 6” rectangles of cotton fabric
  • 1 8” x 6” rectangle of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • No show stabilizer to fit your hoop
  • For DAD01 – 6 ½” x 3” cotton fabric and Heat N Bond Lite® for the applique
  • For DAD02 – 5” x 2 ½” cotton fabric and Heat N Bond Lite for the applique
  • For DAD06 – 4” x 7” cotton fabric and Heat N Bond Lite for the applique
  • 2 ¼” x 36” strip of cotton fabric for binding
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Optional Water Soluble Thread

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    These six mug rugs are very versatile. Some are appliqued, some are just embroidered. Suitable for dads of every personality. The DAD appliques are large enough so that you can use novelty print fabrics to reflect the interests of the Dad it is intended for. For assistance on applying binding to these small projects please see our article on Binding Small Embroidery Projects. https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/emb_learning/project/1465/binding-small-embroidery-projects.aspx . Water soluble thread is listed in the color charts for the tack down stitches of the top and bottom fabrics. It is used so that you can remove it with a damp sponge when your project is complete. However if you are sure your binding will cover the tack down stitches you can use a neutral thread for these stitches.


    Step 1:
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    Cut your front and back fabric pieces to 8” x 6”. Cut the applique and Heat N Bond Lite® pieces if needed per the materials list above. Press all fabrics. Press the applique piece two or three times with Magic Sizing® and fuse the Heat N Bond Lite® to the back of the applique piece.


    Step 2:
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    Load DAD01 into your machine, if necessary rotate it to fit your 5” x 7” hoop.


    Step 3:
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    Tautly hoop the no show stabilizer. Run color stop (CS) 1 in a neutral thread as a placement line.


    Step 4:
    Spray adhesive on the wrong side of the front fabric, position the fabric over the placement line so that approximately ½” of the fabric exceeds the placement lines on all sides. Run CS 2 to tack down the fabric.

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    Step 5:
    Run CS 3 in a neutral color as a placement line for the appliqued lettering.

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    Step 6:
    Remove the paper backing from the applique fabric, spray lightly with adhesive and position over the placement line. Run CS 4 to tack down the applique fabric.

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    Step 7:
    Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop; trim the applique right next to the tack down lines.

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    Step 8:
    For this applique you also need to trim out the holes in the center of the two Ds. If you have trouble lifting the fabric with the tips of your scissors you might want to lift the applique fabric with a seam ripper and make a little slice in the fabric, then continue trimming with your scissors. Press the applique with an applique iron after the excess fabric is removed.

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    Step 9:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run CS 5 to border the applique.

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    Step 10:
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    Before you stitch the last two color stops – Remove the hoop from the machine, do not unhoop, lay the hoop face down on a flat surface; spray adhesive on the Battilizer® and place over the back of the embroidery aligning it with the front fabrics; spray adhesive on the back of your back fabric, place it over and aligning it with the Battilizer®.


    Step 11:
    Return the hoop to the machine, run the next to last color stop to tack the back batting and fabric to the front.

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    Step 12:
    Run the final CS in a thread color to coordinate with your fabric to stitch the quilting.

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    Step 13:
    Place a clear quilter’s ruler’s ¼” marks along the tack down line stitches and trim all edges to a ¼” seam allowance.

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    Step 14:
    Apply binding with your preferred method or see our article on Binding Small Embroidery Projects https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/emb_learning/project/1465/binding-small-embroidery-projects.aspx to do so. Congratulations your first ITH Dad Mug Rug is complete.

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    Step 15:
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    A note on DAD02. A striped fabric was used for the tie, the applique piece was cut on the bias to create the look of a striped tie. A half yard of the striped fabric was purchased so the binding could also be cut on the bias. Follow the instructions above through the placement of the applique, then follow the color chart as there are a few extra color changes in this one.


    Step 16:
    A note on DAD03. A denim fabric was used on the front of this mug rug to follow that tool man theme. There is no applique in this mug rug, so after tacking down the top fabrics just follow the color chart through the next to the last two color stops. Position the batting and back fabric as in Step 10 and complete the mug rug.

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    Step 17:
    A note on DAD04. There is no applique in this mug rug, so after tacking down the top fabrics just follow the color chart through the next to the last two color stops. Position the batting and back fabric as in Step 10 and complete the mug rug.

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    Step 18:
    A note on DAD05. There is no applique in this mug rug, so after tacking down the top fabrics just follow the color chart through the next to the last two color stops. Position the batting and back fabric as in Step 10 and complete the mug rug.

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    Step 19:
    A note on DAD06. This mug rug in made in with the same steps as DAD01; however the border stitches on this mug rug are a tatami fill, so be sure to press the applique to the top fabric after trimming so the edges lie nicely under the fill. The center holes do not have to be trimmed in this applique, they are all embroidered on top of the fabric.

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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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