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ITH Spring Watering Cans Mug Rugs

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Materials
  • 6” x 10” embroidery hoop or larger
  • 9” x 7” rectangle of 100% cotton quilting fabric for the back
  • 9” x 7” rectangle of Battilizer® or low loft batting
  • 8” x 6” rectangle of 100% cotton white quilting cotton for the front
  • 1 ½” strip by the width of the fabric for the borders
  • 2.5-ounce cut-away stabilizer
  • Spray adhesive
  • Optional – Invisible thread for top stitching

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    You can certainly use 1 ½” strips of fabrics from your stash to border these mug rugs. But as I wanted a collection of coordinating greens a jelly roll from QT Fabrics called “Radiance Evolution” was cut down to 1 ½” and used for the frames on these samples. This jelly roll was purchased from my local quilt shop.
    The samples were sewn in a 12” x 7” embroidery hoop as my machine does not have a 6” x 10” hoop but the designs are digitized to fit in a 6” x 10” hoop.


    Step 1:
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    Tautly hoop the stabilizer in your embroidery hoop, cut your fabrics per the materials list above.


    Step 2:
    Run the first color stop (CS) as a placement line for the Battilizer®.

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    Step 3:
    Spray adhesive on the Battilizer® and position over the placement lines so that the Battilizer® exceeds the placement lines by ½” on all sides. Run CS 2 to tack down the batting.

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    Step 4:
    Run CS 3 as a placement line for the front fabric.

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    Step 5:
    Spray adhesive on the back of the front fabric and position over the placement line so that the fabric exceeds the placement line by ½” on all sides. Tack down the front fabric with CS 4.

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    Step 6:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. Do not unhoop. Trim the fabric right up next to the tack down stitches. Trim the Battilizer® or low loft batting right up to its tack down stitches.

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    Step 7:
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    Align the border strip with the right-side inner fabric tack down line having the top of the strip even with the top of the Battilizer®. Run CS 5 to stitch the border to the mug rug. Trim the excess border strip even with the bottom edge of the Battilizer®.


    Step 8:
    Align the border strip with the left side inner fabric tack down line having the top of the strip even with the top of the Battilizer®. Run CS 6 to stitch the border to the mug rug. Trim the excess border strip even with the bottom edge of the Battilizer®.

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    Step 9:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. Do not unhoop. Spray a little adhesive on the back of the border strips and smooth the strips to the outside of the project.

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    Step 10:
    Align the top border strip with the inner fabric tack down stitches and seam with CS 7. Align the bottom border strip with the inner fabric tack down stitches and seam with CS 8.

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    Step 11:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. Do not unhoop. Spray a little adhesive on the back of the border strips and smooth the strips to the outside of the project.

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    Step 12:
    Follow the color chart to embroider the design do not stitch the last CS.

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    Step 13:
    Align the back fabric over the whole project making sure the bottom edges are even. Run the final CS to seam the back to the mug rug. Note: If your fabric is printed, place the fabric right-side down.

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    Step 14:
    Remove the project from the hoop. Trim the top and two long sides of the mug rug ¼” from the seam lines.

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    Step 15:
    Trim the bottom edge of the mug rug with scissors. Trim the two side edges up to the opening to ¼”. Leave the layers of fabric over the opening at ½”.


    Step 16:
    To reduce bulk, trim away the stabilizer from the ½” opening.

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    Step 17:
    Trim the four corners diagonally.

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    Step 18:
    Turn the mug rug right side out through the opening using a point turner or other tool to push out the corners.

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    Step 19:
    Press the mug rug and press the opening seam allowances to the inside.

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    Step 20:
    At your sewing machine top stitch ¼” around the mug rug to close the opening as well as to add a finishing touch to the project. If you are using a variety of fabrics for the borders, use invisible thread in the top and bobbin of your machine to avoid having to change those threads for each mug rug.

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    Step 21:
    Congratulations your ITH Spring Watering Can Mug Rug is complete. Make the whole set for yourself or as a thoughtful gift.

    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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