Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mug Rug

Living far away from family means your close friends essentially become your family away from home. Our close knit group of friends started to gather for the holidays a couple of years ago and it's one of my favorite traditions. The kids love spending time together almost as much as the adults do! We enjoy planning the menu, coming up with crafts for the kids and organizing gift exchanges. This year we started a new secret santa tradition and the kids pulled names from a hat and got each other books. We had them inscribe the books to each other and got teary eyed when they each read what the others had written. I love making presents for my girlfriends and decided to make them each a monogrammed mug and a quilted mug rug. I've seen these on Pinterest (yes, I'm addicted too! Follow me!) and was dying to make some.

The mugs are plain white mugs that I got at the Dollar Store. I loved the look of them as they reminded me of these ones that I love from Pottery Barn. I have had my eye on the Emma Monogrammed Mug since getting the catalog and I knew that I could create an easy copykat DIY version with ease.

One Dollar Store Mug + Porcelain Marker = Copykat Emma Monogrammed Mug. I did my best to free hand each initial and then followed the instructions on the marker which required 24 hours to dry and then a quick 30 minute bake in the oven to set the ink.

Then came the fun part, the mug rugs! I followed THIS tutorial which was wonderful. I had never done any sewing of this sort and I was able to complete three mug rugs in about an hour.

I had a really fun time picking out the fabrics and then deciding what order to put them in.

I decided not to quilt the main part of the mug rug and instead just did the borders.

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Large Family Small World said...

Those are so cute!

We live far from family as well (military), so our friends become family very quickly. I love gathering with friends for the holidays.

The Southern Product Queen said...

Love this idea! So cute! And love your blog too!

marissa said...

this is great what a fun gift idea! I'd love you to add it to my What We Wore and Made link party over at