Call Me Maybe Mug Rug Tutorial

on May 10 | in Books, Quilting, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 61 Comments

Lara Buccella from BuzzinBumble has a new book out, Crafted Appliqué – New Possibilities. She designed the “Call Me, Maybe” Mug Rug exclusively for Sew Mama Sew readers, to celebrate the release of her new book. Lara also has some BIG giveaways at BuzzinBumble, so check it out. (Don’t miss her introduction too!)

Lara has two giveaways for you at BuzzinBumble!

A Fabric Bundle Giveaway: If you would like a chance to win a fat eighth bundle of all 27 Sun Print 2016 fabrics, be sure visit Lara’s BuzzinBumble site and enter the giveaway there! One lucky commenter will be randomly selected to win the bundle, which she found on Etsy at Llama Fabrics.

A Book Giveaway: Lara is also in the middle of an exciting blog hop and book tour at BuzzinBumble, with lots of prizes! She’s celebrating the release of her new book with the American Quilter’s Society. A second lucky commenter on the same post at BuzzinBumble will receive a copy of her book Crafted Appliqué – New Possibilities, which gives in-depth instructions on my new, no-fray way to appliqué.

I’m excited to share a fun little project that puts a colorful spin on the classic 1950’s telephone. It’s a great combination of retro and modern with a pop art vibe that I designed just for Sew Mama Sew. The tutorial is for a 9” by 10” appliquéd mug rug, but the appliqué pattern itself could also be used in many other projects, such as in mini-quilts, bags and table toppers. I call these “Call Me, Maybe” Mug Rugs!

These mug rugs feature Alison Glass Sun Print 2016 and Abacus fabrics, from Andover Fabrics.

So let’s get started!

Fabric requirements for one Mug Rug:

  • Background fabric – 9.5” x 10.5”
  • Backing fabric – 10” x 11”
  • Appliqué fabric A – 8” x 8”
  • Appliqué fabric B – 3” x 4”
  • Appliqué fabric C – 4” x 5”
  • Binding fabric – ¼ yard
  • Batting or fusible fleece – 10” x 11”

1. The first thing you need to do is to prepare your fabrics using your favorite raw edge appliqué method. Because of all the curves and circles, I recommend that you use either A) my new Crafted Appliqué method, which does not fray– even after washing– and allows you to sew a simple straight stitch, or B) a fusible web interfacing to adhere the appliqués. This tutorial is not a lesson in appliqué and the directions assume that you are using one of these two methods.

2. Print out the pattern. This is combined, in PDF format, with the Assembly Diagram. (Low-resolution version here for faster download speed.)

3. Cut out each paper pattern piece. They are in mirror image, to be applied to the back of your fabrics.

4. Transfer or adhere the pattern pieces to your fabric. (How you do this depends upon which method you chose.)

5. Cut out the appliqué pieces. Go around each pattern with your scissors, being careful to cut along the outside edge of the black outlines to them intact. To cut out the small circles inside the dial, start by piercing the center with the sharp tip of your scissors and then gradually spiral cut until you are trimming along the inside of the circle.

6. Press the appliqué pieces onto the background fabric, using the Assembly Diagram as a placement guide.

7. Next, cut the paper pattern pieces along the teal colored quilting lines and use them as templates to draw lines on the appliqué pieces to indicate where to sew later.

Make sure your lines can either be easily removed or disguised by the stitching.

8. At this point you can decide how much of the appliquéd design you want to stitch on before layering the quilt sandwich. Sewing done after the quilt top is layered with batting and backing will pull in and give the effect of dimension. I recommend that you stitch the phone cord and the dial outlines before layering the quilt. This way, they will stand out better and it will be easier to hide the thread tails left after starting and stopping the stitching in each circle.

As you work, pause regularly and use the bobbin thread to pull the top thread through to the back. Then, tie the two thread ends in a knot and trim off, leaving a short tail.

9. Once you have those parts of the design stitched, it is a good idea to make sure none of the dark thread tails will show through the light background fabric. (If you are using dark background fabric, you don’t need to worry.) I like to use Aleene’s “OK to Wash-It” Glue and put a small dab on each thread tail to get it to stay hiding in place behind the darker appliqué fabrics. You only need to use the barest amount of glue.

10. Now make the quilt sandwich. I used a really cute fabric called “This and That Telephones” by Ann Kelle for Kaufman. Layer the backing fabric (wrong side up) then the batting and then the quilt top (right side up). I like to use basting spray to secure the layers. Below you’ll see the layers spread out, but they would actually be stacked neatly, one on top of another.

11. Next, finish stitching around the edges of the appliqués and along the previously drawn quilting lines. This will accomplish part of the quilting at the same time.

When I stitch appliqués that are already on a quilt sandwich, I start and stop my stitching lines by setting my stitch length to a very tiny length for a few stitches. This way I don’t have to spend a lot of time burying long thread tails between the quilt layers.

12. Now it is time to do a little quilting. You can either choose to only quilt the background fabric and leave the telephone standing out, or you could quilt an all over design. I let the background fabric inspire my quilting choices.

13. Once you finish the quilting, use your rotary cutter to trim the edges of the mug rug straight with nice, 90 degree corners.

14. Sew on the binding. If you would like directions for that, Sew Mama Sew has a great list of binding tutorials here.

Your “Call Me, Maybe” mug rug is finished! I hope you like the pattern.

For more fun designs and tips check out Crafted Appliqué – New Possibilities!

Don’t forget about Lara’s big giveaways at BuzzinBumble. You could win her book or this big bundle of fabric:

Photo by Llama Fabrics of Etsy

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61 Responses to Call Me Maybe Mug Rug Tutorial

  1. Giselle says:

    I get very frustrated with applique as I don’t want to have frayed edges, but equally I don’t want to kill my creativity fiddling with papers or glues etc etc, so I am very curious about this technique. So I have gone ahead a purchased the book. Now I have to sit and wait for it to turn up.. I’m very impatient lol. Giselle

  2. Sharon A Browne says:

    Love these mug rugs. They are adorable! Thanks for the pattern.

  3. Martina says:

    Oh wow, this is so cute! Thank you so much!

  4. Robin says:

    Thank you so much for this pattern, I love it!

  5. Lori Zappala says:

    Love it!

  6. Mara says:

    Really cute!

  7. Vera says:

    Lovely pattern! Great details and perfect name for pattern! 🙂

    • Thanks Vera! I had to ask my kids for help with the name, LOL.

  8. Carol says:

    Cute mug rugs. Thanks for the pattern and tutorial.

  9. Ruth Bourke says:

    Brilliant design – I love it and am thinking of using it for a little organiser next to mum’s phone – she is always losing pens and sticky notes!

    • Oh I love your idea Ruth! We have a phone like this in our kitchen and I can just imagine a little organizer next to it.

  10. Lori Smanski says:

    these are so adorable. thanks for the pattern and tutorial

    • Hi Lori! Thank you and I hope you’ll enjoy making the pattern.

  11. LJ says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial and the fun pattern. This magical “Crafted Applique” method is calling, calling to me. 🙂

    • LOL, Hopefully you will win a book and answer that “call”. 🙂

  12. rosa says:

    These mugs are just beautiful.Love them all.

  13. Ellen Owens says:

    These mug rugs are great! My mom has a phone just like that and I’d make her a few! Aloha!

  14. Jan says:

    Love this design . . . . I would love to use this idea on fabric postcards to send to my sons who live far away – every now and again children need reminders to call their mama . . .

    • Thank you. Your comment really cracked me up Jan! An I sure can relate to that need for a reminder. 🙂

  15. Paige says:

    Great tutorial Lara! Thanks for sharing on SMS!

    • Hi Paige! Thanks for checking out the tutorial here on Sew Mama Sew!

  16. Kate Heads says:

    It’s a lovely mug rug, I HAVE to save it for my collection. I already have Lara’s book and can testify it is well worth having.

    • Kate you are just the sweetest! Thank you! I hope you get a great collection going!

  17. Christine Sherman says:

    This is so cute!

  18. Jennifer says:

    These are sooooo cute and I remember having phones like these. Great tutorial too!

    • Thanks Jennifer! We still do have a couple of these old phones and I just love them.

  19. Paulette says:

    Super cute, Lara! Thanks for sharing this!

    • Hi Paulette! Thanks! I’m glad you liked the telephones, being such a lover of vintage things too.

  20. Linda B in TX says:

    kids nowadays will wonder what that thing is…sad to say…and where are the games?

    • LOL …and why am I tethered to the phone by a cord? Too funny Linda!

  21. Gene Black says:

    I love the red telephone. I grew up in a house with one phone and it was this style and it was RED.

    • Hi Gene! I think many of us only had one phone. I actually remember thinking cell phones were so unnecessary. I like the red one too, bu I think the orange is my favorite.

  22. Lena says:

    This is a lovely appliqué and the way Lara makes these tricky little pieces is really intriguing! Thank you for sharing.

    • Lena, they really aren’t tricky with the Crafted Applique method. After seeing how intricately you sew with your curved piecing, you’d probably think this was a breeze!

  23. Daryl says:

    OMG! I adore the telephone!!! Thank you so much for this tutorial/pattern. The book looks fab and those fabrics are so yummy looking!!!

    • LOL, thanks Daryl! And now that you won one of the hop giveaways, you can try it for yourself! 🙂

  24. Thank you so much for sharing. Ihope I can find a way to print this out because I really want to make one.

    • Thanks Deanna! Are you having trouble with the downloading or on the printing end of things? I hope you got it figured out okay.

  25. Zanymouse says:

    Sew, sew freakin’ cute!!!

  26. What a great tutorial and those vintage phones are so neat! I actually remember having one of them! Thanks Lara for the template also, I can’t wait to make one!

    • Hi Connie! You’re most welcome! We actually still have two of these style phones in our home. I won’t let Jim get rid of them. 🙂

  27. Janis T says:

    I love it! I so remember these phones from my childhood ; )

    • Thanks Janis! Old telephones have the coolest styling – something I wish more modern things had too.

  28. Mary says:

    That is fabulous! I love the phone fabric too.

    • Mary, thank you! I can’t resist vintage and retro things… so much nostalgic appeal!

  29. carol n says:

    Very cute!! However, kids will not recognize this as a phone, so old and clunky! The phone not us, lol

    • LOL Carol… Oh no, we’re definitely not old and clunky. 🙂

  30. DebraKay Neiman says:

    This is so retro, I LOVE it. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  31. anna Brown says:

    Love this mug rug and the fabric is perfect…tytyty for sharing…..

    • Thanks Anna! I like mixing the retro pattern with the modern and bright fabrics!

  32. Ali says:

    This is such an awesome little mug rug – love ti!! I can see it being made with Christmas fabric as Santa’s hotline!!

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