Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Dresden Wedges Mug Rug Tutorial { Made Using A Bliss Candy Bar by Moda Fabrics }

I was contacted last week by Jill, a member of the Denver Sewing Collective, a community group in Denver, Colorado. Currently 130 members strong, the Collective proudly promotes community, shopping local and the wonderful art of sewing. They meet 2-3 times a month doing various projects or often times just to sew and get together with like-minded sewing fanatics. Their group consists of beginner to advanced level seamstresses engaging in quilting, crafting and garment sewing.

Jill saw some of my Mug Rug photos on flickr and wanted to know if I'd be willing to put together a tutorial for her group to follow. They're having a meeting on the 18th of November to sew for about 3 hours and needed a quick project they could finish in one sitting. I am really honored that they contacted me for a tutorial.

Jill promised to take pictures at their meeting and I will be sure to share them with you (along with some of the items they make) here.


This quick to piece mini quilt is a great project to use up scraps you have on hand and is suitable for a beginner. Measures approx. 9.5" x 6" when finished.

Materials Needed

7 Scraps of fabric that measure 2.5" x 5" (dresden wedges)
2 Strips of fabric that measure 1.25" x 6" (borders)
2 Strips of fabric that measure 1.25" x 8" (borders)
1 Rectangle of fabric that measures 11" x 7.5" (backing)
1 Rectangle of low loft batting that measures 11" x 7.5"
1 Strip of fabric that measures 2.25" x 38" (binding)
1 Easy Dresden Ruler (optional)
Basic quilting supplies including sewing machine, rotary cutter, mat, etc.

For this project I used a Moda Candy Bar in Bliss by Bonnie and Camille. A candy bar is a charm pack of 40 rectangles that measure 2.5" x 5" (perfect for this project). You can make 5 mug rugs using 1 Moda Candy Bar.



Constructing the Mug Rug

1. Begin by stacking your 2.5" x 5" scrap rectangles evenly (around 4 at a time). Place your dresden ruler over top of the stack making sure to align the 5" line along the top edge. Using your rotary cutter, carefully trim along the edge of the ruler on both sides. Repeat until all 7 rectangles have been trimmed.

If you do not have an easy dresden ruler, CLICK HERE for a dresden template. Be sure to select print preview and change print scale to a custom size of 45%. The top of the template should measure 2.5" across.


Now would be a good time to determine the layout of your wedges. You can line them up in alternate directions once you are happy with the layout.


2. Join the dresden wedges by lining them up right sides together, in opposite directions, and stitching along the edge using a 1/4" seam. Press the seam to one side and repeat the process until all seven wedges have been joined.



3. Using your rotary cutter, mat and ruler, carefully square up the sides and edges of your dresden wedge unit. The rectangular unit should measure about 8.5" x 4.75".


4. Complete the top by sewing your 4 border pieces around the outside edge of your center rectangle using a 1/4" seam. I attached the top and bottom strips, pressed them to one side and trimmed them up. I then attached the left and right side strips in the same manner.








5. Layer your top, batting and backing. Quilt as desired, bind and enjoy!

Using my walking foot, I machine quilted my mug rug by following the seams between the dresden wedges.



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Happy quilting,


  1. thank you! I'm linking to your tutorial on deze is ook leuk in tomorrow's post :)

  2. Great tutorial Ryan!! I am thinking that I need to make one of these now!!

  3. Thanks ! looks easy ! and it is very pretty ! I need to try one or two , or more for gifts .....

  4. fun tutorial! i love how those wedges sit together so nicely!

  5. Yes! (<--- that is me cheering)

    I've been looking for a good a tutorial on making mug rugs for some time now.

    One of my idiosyncrasies is that I nave to make at least one from a pattern or tutorial first before I can deviate from it. LOL. :-)

    So, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing a tutorial. :-)

  6. This is really cute! I think I may try making it sometime soon!

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  8. I have been making up some mug rugs to give as gifts this year with a mug and am having so much fun thinking of things to put in the mug to make them personal for each person. This is a great tutorial! Is there a certain size a mug rug should be???

  9. Thank you for the tutorial. It's always nice to learn something neat like that, especially before gift-giving time.

  10. Wonderful idea for quick gifts and using fabrics that match the person's tastes.


  11. currently OBSESSED with mug rugs:) Making them as teacher/coaches gifts this year for Christmas! GREAT tutorial, LOVIN the aqua/red, thanks!

  12. Thank you so much! The members are really excited and I can't wait to see what we all come up with at the Denver Sewing Collective's meetup. I'll be sure to follow up with photos!

  13. Thanks for the tute on Rug Mug.

    Member of Denver Sewing Group

  14. What great timing! I just remembered this morning that I have a box of assorted candy bars and I was trying to figure out what to do with them.

  15. Cute.....did you time it to see if they can get them done in their meeting time?
    Did you machine stitch the binding or do it by hand?

    those colors are just the best aren't they ?
    thanks for sharing this method.

    Happy sewing

  16. woot. I love it! thank you thank you thank you!!!


  17. Simple shapes, outstanding colors, just gorgeous!

  18. Thanks for the great tutorial!! Easy enough for just about anyone.

  19. Amy - Member of Denver Sewing CollectiveNovember 17, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Thank you so much for the tutorial! We're looking forward to making some awesome creations! I just bought some great fabric for this project last night.

  20. I have linked your post to my blog
    because at the moment I have had a brain wave to make mug rugs for Chrissie Presents. Thank you for your Tute.

  21. Great idea using the Dresden ruler. Very cute! Thanks for the tutorial, Ryan.

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

  22. That is such a pretty mug rug. I love the fabrics you used! Thanks so much for the great tutorial, I'll be spreading the word.

  23. Well this is truly great because I think I can do this. At least I am going to try because you have made it look super simple. Thanks.

  24. This is great! I've been looking for something simple to make as a Christmas present. Thanks for the tutorial.


  25. Thank you, I used your tutorial to make my first Mug Rug. Posted link back to your blog on my blog. GREAT tutorial and lots of fun. I have to make some more!!!

  26. Really cute and simple. I will be starting one tomorrow.


  27. Just found you Ryan. Thank you and lovely tutorial! Keep up the great work!

  28. Thank you so much for the tutorial and Dresden Wedge template! I am just starting out with quilting and have been trying to figure out how to do those wedges neatly - this is just the thing. Thanks again!

  29. Thank you for this. I am making 3 for my mom with my left over Verna fabric. I think they will turn out cute.

  30. Lovely mug rug and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I Love dresdens! Györgyi

  31. Hei Ryan!
    Thank you for a great tutorial. I have put you on my list and I am one og your followers. I will try and sew one or two tomorrow.
    I am looking forward to see what will come next time:-)

    Lot of thanks from Norway, Eve

  32. Wanted to say thank you for the great tutorial. I referenced it for my Spring Mug Rug Swap going on this month.


  33. thank you for the tutorial.i'm new to quilting but have been a seamstress since the 50's.i'm so excited to try my hand at mug rugs

  34. Thank you for the tutorial. I'm going to try this.

  35. Thank you for the great tute! I am putting the binding on 2 that I just made from the Bliss collection left over from my granddaughter's quilt. I also enjoyed your playlist; quite different from what I would normally listen to; very refreshing! Sue

  36. Thanks for the tutorial! I just learned about mug rugs today and found your tutorial. Now I'm following your blog! I am fascinated by a guy who quilts -- and ever so thankful if someone posts a tutorial so I can improve my skills. :-)


  37. Awesome tutorial! Thanks so much! Here's my "mug rug" based on your tutorial! :)


  38. Oops! I think I linked up wrong! Here's the right link... Sorry!


  39. Thanks for this great tutorial, Ryan! I used it to make my very first mug rug which I've posted on my blog. I love your creations!

  40. thank you so much...i am just beginning to learn quilting....!

  41. Great tutorial... Thank you for sharing your directions, and your photos are gorgeous.

  42. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I've made a mug rug for myself following your directions. I must have made something different since it's not looking like your's *laugh* but I like it 'though. Since I don't have a flickr-account yet I can't share my photos there.

  43. i must give one of these mug rugs a try.Great Tutorial.

  44. Fabulous! We'd love to share a link back to your tutorial at www.WeAllSew.com! Please let me know if you have any questions about us sharing a link to your project. - Erika

  45. Thank you, Ryan for the link from p.s. i quilt and for the tutorial!
    Love this!

  46. Gorgeous!
    You have made colorful mug rug tutorial. I will forward these tutorial on Facebook.
    wool rugs

  47. I just stumbled upon your site while looking for ways to incorporate dresden plates into a quilt, and i am SO inspired by your skill!! you are one talented man! i have never ever heard of "mug-rugs" and this has to be THE coolest idea EVER for a lovely, handmade gift! SUCH a great gift idea, i ran out to buy fabrics tonight to start on some sets right away for my family. Thanks SO much for the idea....these are just lovely as are all of your well-crafted, creative and gorgeous designs!! kudos!! xoxo Erika/Boston/USA

  48. Thanks for a great tutorial, Ryan! I am going to make a mug rug and a table runner using your tutorial!

  49. Ryan, this is one of my fav mug rug tutorials, but all of your pictures say they are no longer available on flickr?


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