I mentioned that I entered a scrappy mug rug swap didn't I?
Well while I am waiting for my fabric to arrive, one part has, still waiting for 3 more pieces, I was doodling in my book.
I looked what other people had created in the past challenge on Flickr and my goodness there are some STUNNING mug rugs. When I found out they existed I fell in love with them straight away. I think they are lovely as token gifts for Christmas or really any time of the year!
So this is what I came up with for my swap partner, and I really hope she likes it. She wanted a holiday themed mug rug.
Last night while the boys were trying to fall asleep I started cutting my linen fabric (washed and ironed). I knew my school compass would come in handy... I drew three different sized circles on freezer paper. Then cut out on fabric three circles to correspond with each paper circle with a seam allowance (roughly 1/4" measured visually, don't be too stingy with this but don't be too generous either you don't want fabric bunching up you'll see what I mean later).
I then did a running stitch near the edge of each fabric circle. I placed my corresponding circle of freezer paper in the centre of the fabric and pulled the thread and the fabric wrapped itself around the paper.
I found this part a bit fidgety to make sure my circle was accurate, but got there in the end. This however shouldn't put any one off, it was just me.
These were my "baubles". I pinned them into place on my linen "rug" and did a blind stitch, once the bauble was well secured, I carefully pulled out the freezer paper. I finished off my blind stitch. I did the same for the remaining two baubles.
Then my artistic designer (aka hubby) suggested the gold ric rac, I was going to quilt some gold stitches at first but I love my hubby's suggestion!
I quilted around each bauble with red metallic embroidery thread and finally embroidered green metallic stars.
I will try and finish it off tonight when the kids are in bed, not much more to do, just baste and bind.
Might do a tiny bit more quilting around the edge, don't know yet, might well leave it alone. What do you think guys?
A bit of extra quilting or leave it alone? (will post completed photo over the weekend).
|Work in Progress (light ironing to follow!)|