Nero's Post II (2013-2015)

by Teje Karjalainen

Mug rugs and Pot holders


Hi dear friends! This post bagan from a kitchen ‘cheer-up’. I was really depressed with the kitchen and thought it’s time to make NEW happy pot holders. I save too much my dear Fabrics and thought to use this time some Fabrics I really like.

pot holders

I cut pieces from those pink and Red Fabrics and then chose something to match around. This happened wednesday evening. Next day I was supposed to take photos before placing them on the Brown kitchen wall. That next morning I was happy to find that Gnome Angel featured my mug rug tutorial! She is hosting mug rug swap and has gathered some ideas and tutorials for mug rugs. Read here the post about the ‘Festive Mug Rug Swap’!

mug rug coaster

These are in fact coasters as they are smaller than mug rugs. I made this tutorial to show in a Mini Project all the steps to make a quilt. There is a patchwork piece. It’s hand quilted with wadding. And there is normal quilt binding. Read here the tutorial.

patchwork winter

Then I saw that Ruth from ‘Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner’ had included my little forest in her inspiration mosaic. Thank you so much Ruth for linking to my blog and for reminding me about this Mini quilt!

mini quilt

I made this one winter to find the winter and Christmas feeling. That’s not so easy here in the sunny and warm weather. It was on the wall in the kitchen until summer came! Now I’m happy to see it again on my sewing table as a mug rug.

forest mug rug

For my newer readers I thought to show the mini quilts/mug rugs I made one Christmas …

christmas pot holders mug rugs

You can make patchwork pictures or use raw edge applique, which is really easy and fun method. Draw by yourself or use coocie cutters to draw the shapes. If you have Baby GO! cutter, it’s great, too. I used that for the birds.

butterfly mug rug

PS. I was happy to receive an email from you about the butterflies – thank you Lisa! Here are some links where you see how I made the butterflies and the butterfly wall quilt which I entered to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival few years ago:

There is really endless list of ideas how to make mug rugs, potholders, coasters, place mats and Mini quilts. One great is to make paper pieced block. Make a picture or letter – I love letters and I’m so happy to have Kristy’s patterns for letters! They are available in her Craftsy store!

mug rug with letter

If you are in hurry, beginner in sewing or just want to show well the beautiful fabric, make a mug rug with one fabric …

pot holders

Simple patcwork block with your/hers/his favourite colours …

patchwork mug rug

Mug rug or pot holder is very good little Project to try different technics like raw edge applique, hand quilting, embroidery …

bird pot holder

They are also great little things to  use scraps and up-cycled Fabrics.

kitchen decoration

bird mug rug

So about my new pot holders, they are not in the kitchen yet, no need to cheer up this kitchen because I start to pack again! I hope to have a big Christmas tree this year!

paper pieced letters

I already decided to join the mug rug swap, but have to leave it now. If you have time and like to join for this fun and International swap, read the details HERE!

pot holders

Ha haa, catched you Hanna! This weekend hb is going to pick olives and I think I shall sew with full speed … cant’ even think how many/less days there are until Christmas! One last photo for mug rugs or pot holders…

pot holders

Don’t stress too much and enjoy your Christmas and holiday sewings! Thank you for stopping by and thank you so much for your sweet comments on my ‘Paint’ project! You know what – ‘Hawthorne Threads’ has a give away for the ‘Paint’ Fabrics! Join their news letter!

PS. Welcome to follow ‘nerospost’ at Instagram! I don’t have yet button for the instagram, but I’m there having lots of fun with quilter and blogger friends!

By by for now – hope to see you soon!



Author: Teje

I am a Finnish woman living in Crete in Greece. Quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet and if there is still time, reading and painting, with happy company of our two sweet dogs and one cat!

26 thoughts on “Mug rugs and Pot holders

  1. Thank you for the inspiration, Teje. I’ve been wondering what gifts to give my family this Christmas and have now decided on mug rugs with a special mug each. Suits all ages from the children to the other grandparents. Yippee, a wonderful idea.

  2. Hi Teje, What lovely projects and ideas you have put together. I particularly like the mug coasters in blue, green and orange. They would suit my kitchen. I’ve too many projects that need to be finished for Christmas to join in the swap but have a good time. Looks like fun sewing!

    • Thank you so much Catherine! Unfortunately I don’t have either time to join the swap, just when I was so excited about that. Lets hope there is an other one later. x Teje

  3. Your garden photos are so inviting! I think little Moomies in a warm green setting are perfect!!!! Your mini mug rugs and potholders remind me that there are many on my gift-giving list who could use such beautiful room brighteners!!!!! Hugs from the yet white Midwest USA!!!!

    • Thank you so much Doreen! These are great little gifts and with the fabric choises we can make them personal for the receiver. It’s difficult to imagine you in snow when it’s about +20c here. I was again on the beach with Hanna (jeans and light jacket). Hugs! x Teje

  4. Thanks, Teje! I’ve been needing some ideas and these are great! I love all the different rugs and potholders you made–can’t decide which ones I like best, they’re all such fun. (Does JUUEOL mean something in Finnish? Like yule?)

    • Thank you so much Karen! I placed the letters just randomly and they don’t mean anything. Christmas in Finnish is Joulu. Last year I had a header with that Word, perhaps I’ll use the same this year because I really liked it. x Teje

  5. These are gorgeous T and will brighten up any space! You’re not moving house again I hope!! And thanks again for my beautiful bracelet and the cute calendar. I can’t stop wearing the bracelet!! Jxo

    • Thank you so much Judith! I was asked about the butterflies and now I want to make more of them! Yes, we shall move and I’m so happy to be able to put my butterfly wall quilt again on the wall and to have a good sewing room. Have a lovely weekend! x Teje

  6. Just love all the creative goodness on show. Wonderful to see all the ideas – like a special show just for us! Thank you.

  7. Kiitos perhosista lumen keskelle, eilen vihdoinkin satoi lumen Helsinkiin ja taitaa kyllä kohta sulaakin. Tuli ihan kesää ikävä ja sen valoa.
    Keskimmäisessä linkissä perhosien ohjekuviin on vuosituhannen virhe ; ).

    • Kiitos Lea! Toivottavasti saat vahan auringon paistetta blogistani. Voi paholainen tuota vuosituhannen virhetta – ja nettiyhteys on ollut poikki monta paivaa enka siis sita edes huomannut. Kiitos kun mainitsit siita. x Teje

  8. Wow Teje you have been so busy. These are all gorgeous. Lovely to see some sunshine at yours too. Have a great weekend xx

    • Thank you Jane! It’s changing towards the winter here, clouds, wind and a little bit ‘colder’ (+14C). You are my ‘Christmas’ person and always when ‘chating’ with you I remember how less days there is till the Christmas time. Have a lovely week! x Teje

  9. Hi! Thank you for all the mug rug shots – I’ve been inspired to go do some making…

  10. Hi Teje,

    I’m still recovering from the incredible blog ride I had in the last half hour … I found your blog through a comment you made in 2011 on Rossie Hutchinsons Fresh Modern Quilts – The Process Pledge.

    The word “Greece” caught my eye and led me to your old blog… Well, I don’t know whether you’re still in the area, but I’m a German living near Georgioupoli 🙂

    I started blogging about quilting just three weeks ago because I was so frustrated “on my own” and wanted to overcome the limitations. Is there any chance that we meet?

    Kind regards,

    PS: Your blog is great – a great mix!

  11. Lots of inspiration here Teje. Such pretty photos

  12. they are all lovely and you already know my favourite! I’m thinking when Christmas sewing is done to make some coasters for myself to brighten up my living room!

  13. I love all your bright and colourful makes in this post……perfect to cheer up any kitchen or table! I love the birds you have sewn especially, they are such sweet shapes.
    Happy week, Teje!
    Helen xox

  14. Hello Teje, just dropping in via Let’s Bee Social… what cute miniquilts/mug rugs, love that! Kind regard from Germany, Annett

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