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Simple Christmas Mug Rug

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Inside: Simple Christmas Mug Rug

One of the reasons I wanted a Cricut Maker was its ability to cut out lots of applique projects.

Like Christmas appliqués for simple mug rugs. Or any holiday or special event.

Having a Cricut Maker simplifies the entire cutting process and saves me time (and heartache).

Now, think of some of your favorite things that would be great on a mug rug!

Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

How to Make a Simple Christmas Mug Rug

Materials Needed

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Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

Choose a Design

The first thing needed to make this design is an SVG Christmas Tree design (or any design you choose) which will get loaded into Cricut Design Space. For my design I chose the Pine Tree Silhouette from the the Images tab (on the left) in Design Space.

Once the design has been selected, open the SVG file in the Design Space software and resize the image.

Since I plan to cut three different sized trees on three different fabrics I made three individual cut files. Although I used the same design, I resized each tree so I could cut it individually. Note: Using the 24″ FabricGrip Mat eliminates having to make three separate files, but fabric placement on the mat would need to be factored in.

Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

Prepare the Fabric for Applique

Now that the design and sizes are chosen, it’s time to prepare the appliqué fabric.

Cut Fabric Scraps larger than the tree size. Use the Design Space software to determine where to place the fabric. The software ruler markings match the markings on the cutting mat.

Apply Heat’n Bond Lite to the back of the fabric scraps. If using the EasyPress 2 with the EasyPress Mat, set the temperature to 305º F. and the timer for 20 seconds.

Once cooled, remove the paper backing. The back of the fabric will now be shiny.

Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

Preparing to Cut the Design Out

  • Since we’re using a symmetrical design there is no reason to mirror the image. However, using a direction-specific design (like lettering) may require mirroring the design. (See the Edit button for Mirroring)
  • Place your fabric right side down on the Pink FabricGrip Mat. The shiny side with the Heat’n Bond should be facing up.
  • It is important for the fabric to be securely attached to the Pink FabricGrip Mat. Use a brayer to flatten the fabric to the mat. This will keep the fabric from stretching and secure it to the mat. Remember, when the machine is cutting, it’s going pretty fast over the fabric. Any place where fabric isn’t adhered to the mat could ruin the cut.
Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

Cut Out the Designs

At this point, it’s time to cut the design. Follow the directions in Design Space. Be sure to choose “Cotton” for your Material. The software will instruct you when to load and unload the mat.

Once the design is cut out, carefully peel back the fabric at the corner and slowly pull away the excess fabric. The cut design will remain on the mat. Use a scraper to carefully remove the design and set aside. Finish cutting out the other two trees in the same manner.

Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

Assembling the Mug Rug

Mug rugs don’t really have a standard size, but 6″ x 10″ is a good place to start. If you scroll up, you’ll notice the Materials List calls for 9″ x 12″ for the quilt front and back fabric. I purposely made this over-sized to account for denser quilting and personal creativity.

Placing the Appliqué Designs

I recommend using a water soluble marker to map out tree placement on the quilt top fabric.

Next, determine where you want to place your trees. They can slightly overlap for a nice look. Keep in mind, you’ll be trimming this down after you quilt. Be sure to leave about 1.5″ – 2″ at the top, bottom, and sides of the trees.

Place the designs shiny side down. Using a dry iron or the EasyPress 2 (305º for 20 seconds), fuse the designs to the top fabric. Let cool.

Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

For this mug rug, I decided to take a few leftover scraps to make three strips that will embellish the right side.

I cut each strip 1.5″ x 9″. This allows room for seam allowances and trimming.

Stitch these strips together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim away 3″ from the right side of the quilt top and attach strips. The mug rug should still be approximately 9″ x 12″.

Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

Time to Quilt

Make a quilt sandwich using fusible batting. Fuse the batting by pressing the front and back.

For quilting the trees, use a matching thread and straight stitch close to the tree’s edge. This will secure the design and add quilting.

Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

Quilt the rest of the mug rug using your favorite method. Simple straight-stitch quilting is a fast and easy way to quilt this design. Or, add some interest by quilting swirls for a snowy effect.

Be sure to remove any markings.

Finishing the Mug Rug

Once the quilting is finished, trim the mug rug to approximately 6″ x 10″ (or your preferred size).

Make enough 2.25″ (or 2.5″) binding to finish the project. Attach the binding using this tutorial.

Simple Simple Christmas Mug Rug

Wasn’t that fun and easy!

Using the Cricut Maker to cut out appliqué designs opens all sorts of creative possibilities.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

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  1. Cute cute mug rug! I love mug rugs — don’t have a Cricut but still love to see your ideas — your inspiration leads me to do my own thing with what I have on hand — thanks for sharing♥♥

  2. I do not have a Circuit but would like to make this but it is obvious you are promoting this and did not include directions for someone who does not have it. Very cute idea and I truly like Mug Rugs. Cute idea.

    1. If you do a Google or Pinterest search for Christmas Tree templates, you should find a bunch of free ones that you can hand cut and recreate this design.

    1. I cannot remember. These are scraps from a couple of years ago. You might try searching Christmas Fabrics on Etsy. You never know! UPDATE: The fabric is called Juniper Berries. You can still find sellers on Etsy with the fabric.

  3. The mug rug is inspiring and thank you for sharing the information for the trees. I hope time will present its self for me to make at least one of these.

  4. This mug rug is so adorable! Leslie, thank you for this inspiration! Look forward to your new awesome ideas. I’m so happy to have stumbled across your wonderful blog. You put so much love into what you’re doing. I really appreciate all of your hard work and effort.

    Best wishes,

  5. I am totally new at this and I have the Cricut Joy….can I cut fabric with it? Love your mug rug with Christmas trees and can imagine it in so many ways!!

    1. This is such a good question. First, there is no fabric mat for the Cricut Joy (yet!). And the blade is really designed to cut paper and vinyl. However, if you had a separate blade you could try this. I recommend using blue painter’s tape to tape your fabric down to the mat. Keep us posted…I’d love to know if this works.

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