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ITH Coffee Lovers Mug Rugs

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  • 5” x 7” embroidery hoop
  • 9” x 7” rectangle of white 100% cotton fabric
  • 9” x 7” rectangle of coffee themed 100% cotton print
  • 9” x 7” rectangle of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • 2 ¼” strip of coordinating cotton fabric for binding
  • 2 ½ ounce cut away stabilizer to fit your hoop
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Optional: Variegated thread for quilting

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    See our article Binding Small Embroidery Projects to make quick work of binding these mug rugs.

    Step 1:
    Cut your fabrics per the materials list above and tautly hoop your stabilizer. No show stabilizer is pictured in this photograph, but due to the width of some of the column stitches in these mug rugs I soon knew that I preferred the more stable 2 ½ ounce cut away stabilizer.

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    Step 2:
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    Some embroidery formats automatically rotate the design in the hoop and some do not. If necessary rotate the design to fit the orientation of your hoop.

    Step 3:
    Run the first color stop (CS) as a placement line for the fabric.

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    Step 4:
    Spray adhesive on the back of the front fabric and position over the placement lines so that the fabric exceeds the placement line by at least ½” on all sides. Tack it down with water soluble thread for CS 2. Water soluble thread is used as if any of it is visible when your project is completed it can be removed by rubbing it with a damp cloth. If you never have problems with your tack down lines showing after you apply the binding you can stitch this CS with white thread.

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    Step 5:
    Follow the color chart to complete the saying on the mug mat. Do not stitch the last two CS 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 Battilizer® and position it over the back of the hoop aligning it with your front fabric.

    Step 7:
    Spray adhesive on your backing fabric and position it right side up over the Battilizer®. If you are using a directional print as shown in the picture, be sure that the print on the fabric is placed in the same direction as the lettering on the front of the design.

    Step 8:
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    Return the hoop to the machine and run the next to last color stop in water soluble thread to tack down all of the fabrics and batting. See the note in Step 4 about the use of the water soluble thread.

    Step 9:
    Run the last color stop to quilt the project. Using variegated thread is a cute option for the quilting stitches.

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    Step 10:
    Remove the project from the hoop. Lay the ¼” mark of a see through ruler along the water soluble tack down lines and trim all sides to a ¼” seam allowance. Bind as desired or use the instructions in our Binding Small Embroidery Projects article to bind the mug rug.

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    Step 11:
    Congratulations your first ITH Coffee Lovers Mug Rug is complete. Make the whole set to have on hand for those last minute gifts.

    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

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