Fact: snacks taste better when served on a handcrafted mug rug. Or at least, that's how you'll feel once you stitch these cute coasters and mug rugs.
You might be wondering: what's the difference between the two, anyway? It's simple — while a coaster is designed to seat a cup and nothing more, a mug rug is larger, leaving you space for a cup of coffee, a bowl of cereal, cookies or other goodies. Whichever you decide to craft, you can't go wrong with these free patterns.
1. Log Cabin
Never underestimate the power of handcrafted coasters — especially ones made with a classic log cabin design. These are perfect for using scraps and can be real conversation starters at your next get-together.
2. Double-Sided Appliqué
Greet your guests (and gently nudge them out at the end of the night) with double-sided coasters. One side says HI, the other side BYE — and you can stitch 'em in any style and color palette you want.
3. Batik Braid
Sew strips that look like an intricate braid in this stress-free mug rug. The key is all in the piecing, and you can stitch it fast with Batik precuts .
4. Flying Geese
Sure, this mug rug is cute and beginner-friendly, but it's also prime practice for a ton of techniques. Brush up on sewing partial seams, using a pillowcase binding and crafting folded flying geese units.
5. Holly Jolly Mug Rug
Pair this holiday mug rug with a cup of hot cocoa for the best Christmas morning ever. The 3D rickrack makes it even more festive and eye-popping.
6. The Big Apple
This scrappy mug rug is sure to be the apple of your eye. It's the perfect project for summer or fall, and —bonus! — makes an A+ gift for any teacher.
7. Strippy Scrap-Buster
Don't toss those selvages! Use your scraps to craft a strippy mug rug that'll commemorate all the fun projects you've made.
8. Crafty Candy Corn
Thanks to the printable pattern, this appliqué mug rug comes together fast. Make a bunch for your morning pumpkin spice latte , and stitch some coordinating tea towels to match.
9. Rainbow Rays
Get a crash course in paper foundation and the stitch-and-flip technique, all while sewing a gorgeous rainbow mug rug to boot.
10. Red, White and Blue
The secret to this quick-stitch mug rug: layers, layers, layers. When paired with a decorative stitch and rickrack binding , you've got a pretty piece for your table.
11. Red Hot Checkerboard
All those little squares might look time-consuming, but thanks to a fast (and fun) strip piecing method, you can create it in a cinch. Checkmate!
12. Teeny Tiny Time
Sometimes it's hard to find projects for the smallest of scraps, but these 4" coasters are here to keep you totally waste-free.
13. Cozy Up to Fall
Yep, you can totally make two cute fall-themed coasters in a single afternoon. These appliqué pieces are fast and festive, not to mention the perfect indoor activity for a chilly autumn day.
14. Four Seasons
Craft these coasters any time of year. Just grab your scrap bin first — it's the perfect stash-buster.
15. A Kitty and a Ghost
Say hello to a mug rug so cute, it's scary! It'll make a boo-tiful backdrop that's perfect for serving Halloween cake pops or other festive fall treats.
16. Easy Hexie
Everyone loves a good hexie, especially one you can sew in a snap. But don't be fooled by how simple the design looks — playing with fabric gives you so many options for customization.
17. Furry Friends
Who says cats and dogs can't get along? This mug rug is super cute and a great gift for your animal-lovin' BFF.
Sometimes the basics are the most beautiful. Sewing a simple nine-patch block is both beginner-friendly and a fast, fun project for more experienced stitchers.
19. Tea for Two
Mug rugs are a must-have for tea time, especially when they're as adorable as these. Stitch 'em up using scraps or grab a favorite patterned fabric.
20. Glowing Hearts
Whether you make it in Valentine's Day colors or pick fabrics for year-round use, this project will melt hearts. Frame it in rickrack binding for an extra wow factor.