Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scrappy Tree Mug Rug Tutorial

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Today is my stop on the Merry Mug Rug Blog Hop hosted by my dear friend Jennifer at Ellison Lane.  I'm bringing back the Scrappy Christmas Tree in mug rug form.  You can see the original version in an advent calendar I made a couple of years ago here.  I love that scrappy little tree and was excited to do a mini version.

Although I have the earlier tutorial for this technique, I'm including a quick run through of the basics so you can make one of these scrappy little trees for yourself!
First, gather lots of green scraps - we want a good variety of tiny scraps.  Of course, this little tree would be adorable made of a single small scale green print with a scrappy garland if you don't want to fool with piecing the tree.  But I like scrappy, so here we go!

Next, start building some green sections.  I never measure, just join and trim, join and trim.  Usually I don't even use a ruler to cut, so I can get some wonky lines which adds to the scrappy look.  I know! So liberating!
 You can stop once you have a general tree shape.
Cut out your tree shape:
Now my favorite part - the garland!  Get out your tiny colorful scraps and sew them into strips.
Then just start playing with where you'd like to place your garland on the tree.  
Take a deep breath and cut your tree so you can add the garland.  Just do it.  That scrappy tree is so cute on its own, and I do keep meaning to make one and leave it that way, but the garland adds so much!  
Then add your background fabric.  I just place the tree on top and use my ruler to line up the angle I need.  
I then make a quick trunk using a scrap of brown fabric (about 1.5 x 2.5 inches before sewing) and adding some background strips.  Center this piece on the tree.  

I thought it would be cute to quilt in little snowflakes.  I started with white but eventually decided I liked the contrast of teal snowflakes for this mug rug.  It's all about trying things out, right?!  I have to say, I had some issues when I quilted the flakes in and ended up having to rip it out.  The solution was to interface the mini quilt top, add the flakes, and then quilt with backing and batting.  This worked for this size project with just some light echo quilting around our little tree.  

Add a binding and you're done!  

I love this little mug rug and plan to give it to a friend this Christmas.  And I'm so addicted to this technique, that I have a pillow in the works for the couch.  I'll be adding red pom-poms for the trim - so cute, right?!  

 Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out all the other stops along the Merry Mug Rug Blog Hop over at Ellison Lane - cuteness overload!  While you're there, be sure to enter the great giveaway going on too!
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  1. Just adorable Val! Thank you SO much for being part of the hop. I sincerely appreciate it. xo Merry Christmas friend!

  2. This is soooooo cute. It looks pretty simple, but it's so effective! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  3. Val, you continue to wow me with your adorable designs! I love everything about this! Have a Merry and Blessed Christmas!!

  4. Adobrable! Love this Val and your snowflakes are just perfect - Thanks for sharing your tutorial/process! Merry Christmas!

  5. Cuteness!!!! Such a fun tutorial...I really like how you added the colorful bits for the garland! I want to see that pillow with the pompoms too. :)

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