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Posted by Shari on October 26th, 2014

"Textagon" Mug Rug Tutorial
Hello, Friends!  I'm Amy from Amy Made That!, here to present Part 2 in the series featuring the Creative Grids Hexagon Trim Tool.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Ready to get started?

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
In Part 1, I shared some fun hexagon blocks I made using this fascinating Hexagon Trim Tool  by Creative Grids and some fat quarters of Elementary  fabric, by Sweetwater for Moda.  (You can find Part 1 here.)

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
There are so many fun text prints in the Elementary  fabric collection.  That's why I call my finished blocks "Textagons"!

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Remember these?

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Today I'll share how to make some "Textagon" Mug Rugs, using those pretty blocks.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Once you have your hexagon blocks made, this project goes quickly, so let's warm up the iron and get started.
First, you'll need a piece of Pellon 987F fusible fleece, cut to the same size as your hexagon block.  Use the iron to fuse it in place, on the wrong side of the block, according to the manufacturer's directions.  (Alternately you can use cotton batting and spray baste it.)
Next add a piece of fabric for the backing, cut just a bit larger than the hexagon block.  Spray baste the wrong side of the backing to the fleece layer.
(Be sure to use an old sheet or newspaper to catch the stray spray, if you know what I mean!)

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Now you're ready to do a bit of quilting, in any way you like!

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
I simply quilted in the ditch of my hexagons, whether they had just one round or many.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Here's how a couple of them looked on the back...

Use a large stitch to baste all around the exterior edges of the finished block, then trim the block neatly, to remove excess backing fabric.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
And now...you knew I was going to make you do this, didn't you?...it's time to add the binding, to finish the mug rugs neatly.

Machine Binding Tutorial
Don't Panic!!  This is not as difficult as you might think, especially if you refer to my free Machine Binding Tutorial for detailed instructions.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Start with 1 1/2" binding strips that are about 40" long.  If you are using fat quarters, like I did, you will need to piece two or more strips together.

Follow the Machine Binding Tutorial for complete instructions; you will be pressing the binding strips in half, lengthwise.  Also, press just one edge to the center, lengthwise.

Because the hexagon sides are small, I just folded the short edge over by 1/4", at the beginning of the binding.  Later, this fold will hide the raw edges at the end of the binding.

Begin stitching the binding to the BACK of the hexagon a few inches away from one corner.  Use a "good" 1/4-inch seam, as opposed to a "scant" one.  When you come to the first corner, stop stitching 1/4" from the corner, taking a few backstitches to secure the seam.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Now, what have we here? Uh-oh.  If you are used to sewing binding on right angles, this is a bit daunting, but actually the technique is similar.

First fold away the binding, so that it looks like this photo.  The binding bisects the angle of the hexagon.  The corner is shown by the arrow.

(Hee hee...the BLUE arrow above!)

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Keeping that fold in place, bring the binding strip down to align it with the next side.  You can pin it into place, if you need to.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Begin to stitch along this side, backstitch to secure, then sew along this side, stopping again 1/4" from the next corner.

Repeat all around the six sides.

As you near the end, just snip away the excess binding, tucking it under the fold you made at the beginning.  Finish stitching the last side, adding just a few stitches on top of the ones where you started.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Now you can easily bring the binding over to the front, steam it into place...the most important step...then stitch the front binding through all layers neatly.  (Refer to the above Machine Binding Tutorial for full details.)

This is also a great project to practice your hand binding, if you wanted.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
I made up a whole stack of "Textagons", and I think they would make fabulous teacher gifts, for fabulous teachers!

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
I tried out many variations using the Hexagon Trim Tool  video for inspiration and detailed instructions.  (You can view the video here.)

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
This one was constructed in the same way, but with many different scraps for each round.  I think it's my favorite one.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Some of the easiest variations were still very impressive, I think.

(I chose words and letters...perfect for an English teacher.)

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
This one was made the same way, but looks totally different in different prints!

(This one would work for a Math teacher, right?)

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
I added an extra round, making this one larger.  It would be a nice hot pad for a teapot.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
Here it is, up close and personal.

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
One last look at the Elementary "Textagon" collection.  I hope they'll inspire you to try making "Textagon" Mug Rugs!

Textagon Mug Rug Tutorial
I still have plenty of fabric left from my Elementary  fat quarter bundle, so stop by again for Part 3 for another project that's just perfect for back-to-school season and beyond.

Amy 
"Textagon" Mug Rug Tutorial was designed and created for Bear Creek Quilting Company by Amy from Amy Made That by eamylove.
Fabric used in this tutorial is from Elementary  by Sweetwater for Moda.
Do you love free fabric?  Do you love to teach?  Want to be a contributor on our blog?  Send us an email at web@bearcreekquiltingcompany.com to get started!
 

Comments

  • 1. Posted by Helen McDonnell on November 3rd, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.
    I could make plenty of these to match the tea cosy's . I love hexagons
  • 2. Posted by Helen McDonnell on November 3rd, 2014 at 3 p.m.
    I could make plenty of these to match the tea cosy's . I love hexagons
  • 3. Posted by Helen McDonnell on November 3rd, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.
    I could make plenty of these to match the tea cosy's . I love hexagons
  • 4. Posted by Pamela on November 2nd, 2014 at 9:46 p.m.
    The bag is divine! It looks sturdy and so stylish in these fabrics. I love the way the fat quarter bundle shows off these gorgeous fabrics. I love the hexies. This fabric really shows them off nicely.
  • 5. Posted by Susie on October 26th, 2014 at 3:51 p.m.
    I really love this fabric in these hexagonal mug rugs! They would be such beautiful gifts to make. Thanks for such a great tutorial, with step by step help and pictures!
  • 6. Posted by Annette J. on October 26th, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.
    I must have this fabric!! I love the hexagon shape of the mugrug! Guess that Hexagon Trim Tool will be in my Christmas list this year! Thanks for sharing!
  • 7. Posted by The Patchsmith on October 26th, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.
    Mug rugs are so addictive and these are stunning. It is such a good idea to use a pre-cut bundle because then you are guaranteed a co-ordinated look. Thanks for the tutorial - the photos and instructions and perfect and easy to follow.
  • 8. Posted by Colette on October 26th, 2014 at 8:31 a.m.
    Sweet tutorial now I need to go to part one, and love the fabric line you are using.