A Little Bank Holiday Sewing - Mug Rugs

Such a miserable end to the Bank Holiday weekend, the weather has been bloody awful.

One good thing about miserable weather is that being stuck indoors I have been able to finish off a little project which I hadn’t managed to finish as it was so sunny lately.

I realised the other week I needed mug rugs, decent sized ones which would happily accommodate a coffee and a cake or two!I decided 8x8 inches, or there about, was a good size.

So I set to cutting up some scraps of fabric, which I sewed into two patchwork pieces.

I’ve been thinking about balloons lately, I know random, but balloons can't fail to cheer me up!

I have the perfect fabric for showcasing a few balloons, this blue sky and fluffy white clouds, love this!

I cut out 2 pieces of blue sky loveliness.

Then using a template drew some balloons and cut those out.

I pinned 2 balloons to each blue sky lovely, and snipped some red / aqua ric rac for my balloon strings.

I was going to try a fancy stitch to adhere the balloons but my sewing machine and I just are just not that well acquainted!

Before sewing the balloons completely to the blue sky fabric I poked a piece of ric rac under the balloon, and then backed stitched a few times to secure in place.
I repeated this for the remaining balloons, with varying success at sewing the curves, must practice this sewing curves malarkey!

Having cut out 2 pieces of wadding I debated the best way to finish them off, sounds rather sinister!

I’ve had this GORGEOUS bias binding for a while and only used a tiny bit here, have I mentioned that I’ve never actually sewn bias binding?

I Googled and Googled different techniques and thinking I had the idea of it, went to town.

For my first attempt, I’m pretty impressed with the results.

Having machined stitched one side of the bias binding I decided to hand finish the other side, I didn’t want to mess it up and by hand stitching I could be more precise and undo easily any areas I was unhappy with.

I know I made a few mistakes, but it still looks good, I would say an iron is handy for pressing edges down and pinning isn’t always necessary, it was handy to just pull and push the fabric where I wanted it.

Anyhoo for first attempt I think I did pretty well.
I decided that my poor nerves just couldn’t handle the pressure of trying to do another round of bias tape, so opted for the quick and easy, if less pretty looking,

I added small pieces of looped ribbon, rescued from some packaging from a box of Christmas cookies, so they could be hung up.

I know which finish I prefer, no brainer really; I will definitely be trying the bias tape again.

I’ve decided to compile a kind of

{Craft bucket list}

Anyone else getting a little over whelmed by the amount of things you are pinning and not actually doing!

So, now I’m making a list and getting them done, hurrah for un-procrastination!
What would be on your list?


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  1. Love them. With and without bias binding. The balloons are too cute!

  2. I like them all to wither way they are awesome! xo p.s. leaving a comment from my other blog today

  3. Gorgeous! Love the balloons. I have about 25 craft bucket lists in various places, all several pages long!

  4. I think they are both lovely.

  5. Hello! I like both of the mug rugs. Very cute!
    I have so many wanna do Pinterset projects...I think I need to take a break from Pinterest and start creating!

  6. I love it, and the colors are fabulous! I'd love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins!


    ~Natalie @ Crafty Cousins

    Holla! We're your newest followers! :)

  7. i'm IN LOVE with that fabric and the color combo! thanks so much for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday! just added you to my bloglovin' reader too so i don't miss out on any posts :)

  8. i'm so glad that you were able to link this up! it's absolutely adorable!

  9. They are beautiful :) please can you tell me where you found the cloud fabric? I have been googling for weeks and can't find any as nice as the one you have used. My email is h.k.r.26.08.87@live.co.uk thank you.


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