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Valentine’s Envelope Mug Rug Tutorial

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Inside: Valentine’s Envelope Mug Rug Tutorial

Sometimes you need a simple way to celebrate a holiday. Something that doesn’t take a ton of time and can be made using supplies you already have on hand.

Send your favorite someone a quilted Valentine with this adorable envelope mug rug that will make them smile every time they see it. And, the perfect companion for that morning cup of coffee.

And, so simple to make you’ll be able to whip up several to give to family, friends, and co-workers.

Valentine's Envelope Mug Rug Tutorial

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Valentine’s Envelope Mug Rug Tutorial

With just a few simple supplies you can make this mug rug in very little time.


  • (1) 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Square of White Fabric
  • (1) 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ Square of Red Fabric
  • (1) 2″ x 9-1/2″ Piece of White Fabric
  • (1) 8″ x 11″ Piece of fabric for mug rug backing
  • (1) 8″ x 11″ Piece of Fusible Batting
  • (1) 3″ x 3″ Red fabric scrap for Heart
  • 1/4 yard Binding Fabric
  • Small piece of Heat’n Bond Lite
Valentine's Envelope Mug Rug Tutorial


Step 1: Half Square Triangles

This simple design uses half square triangles to create the envelope design. If you’re new to quilting, I have a full tutorial on Half Square Triangles (HSTs) that shows you how to make them.

  • Place 5 1/2″ red and white squares right sides together.
  • With a pencil, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner
  • Stitch a 1/4″ seam allowance on both sides of the diagonal line.
Valentine's Envelope Mug Rug Tutorial
  • With a rotary cutter and ruler, cut along the pencil line.
  • Press seams in opposite directions.
  • Using a square ruler, trim down the HSTs to 5″ square.
Valentine's Envelope Mug Rug Tutorial

Step 2: Attaching the HSTs

Place the two HSTs right sides together and clip to hold.

Be sure the red fabric is on top and right side. Be sure to nest the seam allowances so you’ll get a perfect point at the bottom.

Stitch together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press seams open.

Valentine's Mug Rug Tutorial

Step 3: Attaching the bottom band

With right sides together, stitch the 2″ x 11″ piece of fabric to the bottom of your mug rug. Use a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Press seams open.

Valentine's Mug Rug Tutorial

Step 4: Print out the Heart Applique

To make the small heart you can use the Special Characters on your computer keyboard and then size it to fit your envelope.

Since all computers and printers are different you will have to play around until you get the perfect size for your mug rug. I resized my heart to 150 pts. on my Mac. However you can set the size in inches in Word.

On a Mac go to Pages > Edit > Emojis & Symbols > Heart Shape (also Control + Command + Space).

On Windows go to Word > Insert > Icons > Heart – Stretch to size (about 2″ plus or minus)

Print and cut out the heart design.

Valentine's Mug Rug Tutorial

Step 5: Applique the Heart

  1. Trace the heart design onto the paper side of the fusible product.
  2. Leaving at least a 1/4″ margin, rough cut out the design.
  3. Using an iron, apply design to the back of heart fabric.
  4. Cut out design on tracing line. Remove paper backing.
  5. Place the heart onto the quilt top, coving the point. Press with hot iron to fuse.
  6. Stitch down using straight stitching, zigzag, or a blanket stitch.
Valentine's Mug Rug Tutorial

Step 6: Make a Quilt Sandwich and Quilt

Place the quilt back fabric right side down. Place the fusible batting onto the wrong side of the backing. Place the wrong side of the quilt top onto the fusible batting.

Press with a hot iron until fused.

Note: I am in love with the Cricut EasyPress Mini iron for pressing small appliqués and fusible batting. It has three heat settings and the pointed end makes it easy to get into corners. It’s become my go-to iron for small projects like this.

Valentine's Mug Rug Tutorial

Quilt your mug rug using your favorite style of quilting. I quilted an all-over stipple and used my Grid Glider (affiliate) for smoother movement. I also think some sort of grid quilting would be really great, too.

Valentine's Mug Rug Tutorial

Step 7: Finishing the Mug Rug

Once the quilting is finished, trim the mug rug to approximately 6″ x 9″ or your preferred size. 

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

Wasn’t that fun and easy! I think this simple project is ideal for last minute gifts or anything you want to personalize.

I can’t wait to see what you create!

Valentine's Mug Rug Tutorial

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