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Quilting Gifts

Ideas for Quilting Gifts – Free Mug Rug Project

Recently, we took a poll on the Keepsake Quilting Facebook page asking what you do with all your quilting projects. A large percentage of our followers said they enjoy quilting gifts for others.

easy quilted gifts wine cheese place mats
Place mats make easy quilted gifts! This set uses Cynthia Coulter’s It’s Wine O’Clock fabric line from Wilmington Prints for the top and backing.

Of course, we don’t always have the time to create an entire quilt for an occasion. Sometimes–especially at the last minute–we’re looking for easy gifts to make. That’s when it’s a good idea to have patterns for table toppers, table runners, mug rugs and other small quilted gifts at the ready.

One way to make a quilted gift in a hurry is by starting with a fabric panel or printed block. Then add fabric strips or borders and a backing to make a quilted table runner or place mats.

Or, piece leftover coordinating strips to make your place mats, runner, or a fast table topper.

Want an even faster quilted gift? Make a mug rug or mini mat for someone special and place it in a basket with a box of their favorite tea and some homemade cookies or muffins. That will definitely bring a smile!

Here is one of our favorite mug rug patterns, from Vivika Hansen DeNegre.

Easy Quilted Mug Rug

Materials and Tools:
(These directions make one mug rug. Alter the colors as you like.)

  • Main color fabric (blue): cut four 3½” squares
  • Contrast color fabric (pink): cut three 3½” squares
  • Backing fabric: cut a 9″ x 14″ rectangle
  • Batting: cut a 9″ x 14″ rectangle
  • Hand sewing needle and thread
  • Knitting needle or similar pointed object


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Do you like quilting gifts? This mug rug by Vivika Hansen DeNegre is easy, and you can use fabric scraps.

1. Arrange the squares in three rows. Sew the blocks together in each row, pressing the seams toward the pink fabric.

2. Sew the three rows together, making sure to match the seams and stagger the rows to create the jagged edge. Press the seams toward the center row.

3. Layer the piece for quilting by placing the batting on the bottom, the backing fabric on top of the batting, right side facing up, and the top right side facing down. Pin the three layers together.

4. Using a ¼” seam allowance, sew around the outside edge of the top, leaving a 3″ opening on one side. Be sure to make sharp turns at all inside and outside corners. Trim away the excess batting. Clip the corners and inside angles to ensure easy turning.

5. Turn the piece right side out and push the corners out with a knitting needle. Press. Whipstitch the raw opening closed, and quilt your piece as desired.

Note: If you want to add a hanger, cut a 1½” x 7½” strip of fabric, fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. Stitch a scant ¼” seam up the long edge. Turn the strip right side out and press. Fold in half cross-wise and stitch inside the seam allowance at one corner of the mug rug. Add a decorative button if desired.

There are many types of place mats, table runners, mug mats, and other table top patterns and kits to make it easy to bestow quilted gifts on your friends and loved ones. Just pick a color, theme or kit and go!

Happy Quilting!


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