My cousin Alexis graduated from Bishop Kelly High School this weekend. It’s so weird, because she will forever be three years old in my mind’s eye. I remember that she was absolutely fascinated with Disney’s The Lion King. She would say “King” like “Kang” over and over in her sweet little voice. Now she’s a beautiful young lady headed to my alma mater, Idaho State University. Time flies.
For a graduation present, my husband picked up a mug from Hallmark that he thought was funny. I wanted to make something for her, so I decided to sew a mug rug. What is a mug rug? Sort of a like a cross between a coaster and a placemat.
The inspiration behind the Idaho State logo? My old letterman jacket! The collegiate style font for the I and the S made for pretty easy straight lines to cut out of fabric and applique.
I tried to print out a couple letters, but my printer is on the fritz. So I just drew it on regular notebook paper.
I cut out the shapes, then traced onto cardboard. The bottom of Klondike Bars packaging worked perfectly 🙂
Then I outlined the shapes onto fabric and cut them out. I used Tangerine Carrie from the Girl’s World Vibe fabric collection by Jennifer Paganelli. I love this fabric, and how perfect that it is ISU orange!
I sewed on a black I, then a black S, then the orange S onto a creamy white cotton. Just about 1/8″ seam.
Then for the other side of the mug rug, I made a regular size quilt block. I’ve had this book 1000 Great Quilt Blocks (That Patchwork Place) for awhile, but have never used it. I wanted an 8- or 9- inch quilt block with an open square in the middle to serve as the spot for her mug.
And so I found “King’s Crown” on page 49, via That Patchwork Place. How perfect! I found it and said in a little girl’s voice “Kang! Kang!”
The mug rug is basically made like a little quilt: a pieced front, batting in the middle, backing, then binding. Here’s a shot of the backing and binding. I used Blanco Paula, again from Jennifer Paganelli’s Girl’s World Vibe collection. It’s a funky little print that brought in some green to coordinate with the mug.
And here we are, the mug fits perfectly. To quilt, I just machine quilted straight lines here and there. I wonder which side of the mug she’ll use most: study time or party time……?
Congratulations, Alexis Maria!