DIY ~ Valentine’s Mug Rug

Being a shabby loving cottage gal, I love the look of handmade patchwork.

I wish I had more time to dedicate to fabric crafts… but alas, I don’t,

So I turn to the closest thing possible… faux patchwork.



I don’t want to take anything away from those amazingly talented patchworkers. Nothing is ever better than the real thing… but, sometimes you just have to adjust your expectations if time is not on your side.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to make something sweet to use for Valentine’s week.

I don’t usually decorate my home for Valentine’s Day, but I like to have a few little things that acknowledge the season of love.



I’ve delved into my scraps bag again and put together a couple of mug rugs to use for coffee and sweet treats with my girlfriends and family.

Have you seen my previous faux patchwork tutorial HERE?

I made these mug rugs the same way. Simply iron Visoflex or any other brand of appliqué adhesive paper onto the back of your chosen fabrics. For my mug rug, which measured 30 cm x 20 cm (12” x 8”), I made one larger rectangle 20 cm x 15 cm and 5 strips of 20 cm x 3 cm.



After ironing the scrap pieces onto my background fabric, I used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to sew over all the edges where two fabrics met.

I hand stitched around my heart and made a little ‘LOVE’ patch with stamps and permanent ink.


Valentine Mug Rug - Shabby Art Boutique - close up


Next, I sandwiched a piece of felt between my top patchwork piece and a backing fabric, all cut to 30 cm x 20 cm.

To finish, I added a 2” wide binding strip to the front, then folded it over with miterd corners and slip stitched to the back.


These were pretty quick and easy to make!

I made several in an afternoon and found that preparing them all at each stage was quicker than making one at a time.

Imagine the possibilities with different colours and fabrics!

I have GreenGate latte cups in blue, pink and burgundy, so I chose this colour combination for my kitchen…. plus I love the cottage look of combining florals, spots and stripes.

DIY Faux Patchwork Valentine Project by Shabby Art Boutique

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  1. Hi Kerryanne, I love this, and i am going to make one on Saturday when I have my machine out – and this will give me time to find some lovely scraps. But how do I make the little “Love” tape? I have never seen a tutorial for this anywhere.

    Regards from across “the ditch”

  2. These are lovely! You inspired me to unearth my sewing machine. It’s hard for me to think of doing big sewing projects at the moment, but you have jump started my determination to do something.

    • Mug rugs are great quick and easy afternoon projects Lynda. They are even quicker when you use the faux patchwork applique technique. I hope you enjoy your creative time 🙂

  3. LOL I have never heard of a mug rug . Very cute indeed
    I may have to make me one ( someday) LOL

    • A mug rug is just the right size for a mug and a snack. They are kind of like a small placemat Janice… or maybe a large coaster 😉

  4. This is so cute! I think I have just the fabric to make one! Thanks for sharing, Lynn

  5. I love mug hugs & mug rugs. Your mug rugs are so pretty.
    Toni xx

  6. Shirley Flavell says:

    Beautiful mug rug. I love the personalisation of the stamped tape/patch.idea. It would make a lovely gift as well. I’m always looking for different ideas to make my dear friends gifts. Thank you Kerryanne.

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