Saturday Sewing: Let’s Make Lemonade Mug Rug

When I think of a Mug Rug I get visions of a warm fire, a good book, a cup of hot chocolates (with marshmallows of course) and a couple of Mum’s homemade chocolate chip cookies. But Mug Rugs are not just for the Fall and Winter months.

During the hot weather, my glass of lemonade (sorry only had pink lemonade) gets condensation on the glass. With the mug rug it won’t give me a water ring on my table.
Using my Janome MC500E Embroidery machine I thread with Madeira thread. I love the colours and have very little thread breakage.
Threading your machine properly will assist you in a great finished project. Thread through the hook first, then the hole and then around the bar.
Having a spool stand is a fantastic addition to your Janome machine. They come with either 2 or 5  spool pins. The 5 is awesome for the embroidery machines. I like to line up my threads in advance ready to use. The spool stand will fit on any Janome machine that has 2 screws on the back.
Threading properly with the spool stand and anti-kink hook allows your thread to straighten out before it gets to the tension disks of your machine.
These designs I’m using are from the partnerhsip between Janome Canada and Sew4Home and are available at your favourite Janome Canada Dealer. We blogged previously about this. 
Once my main design is completed, I want to add the day of the week and change the size and placement.
You can change the size of your design by 20% larger or smaller without changing the integrity of the design. I have chosen to make my design 20% larger.
Now I want the design to be on the angle, so I changed to a 45 degree angle.
The plastic grid for your hoop comes in handy because you can place it on the design prior to stitching to ensure your placement on the screen is where you want it on the fabric. 
I’m making my mug rug a little bigger by adding fabric to the side.
Trim the excess fabric off.
I want to add quilting to the extra fabricby using decorative stitches on an angle. I have drawn 1 line in the direction that I want. This is the starting point for my decorative stitches.
Using my walking foot with the quilting guide bar, I quilt with a decorative stitch. Make sure you chose a relatively uncomplicated stitch and DO use the Manual dual feed function when stitching this on the Janome Continental M7. 
Lining up the bar with the previous line of stitching ensures that my rows of stitching are evenly spaced.
If you are using a decorative stitch and need it to stop and lock immediately, press the reverse button. It will stop a decorative stitch right away. The locking button will stop and lock at the end of the pattern.
I have attached my binding to the back of my mug rug so I can flip over and finish off with a decorative stitch.
I like using the same decorative stitch to stitch my binding that I used to quilt my project.

Mug rugs are not just for hot drinks. They can be used as a mini table runner like I have here in my bathroom with my lemon soaps.

About Anne Stitcher

I am the newest Educator with Janome. While I have been sewing for over 40 years, I'm finding there is always something new to learn in the sewing world. New techniques, new tools and new fabric.
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5 Responses to Saturday Sewing: Let’s Make Lemonade Mug Rug

  1. wanda true says:

    I feel like I have bought a ghost machine ! The Janome HD9! there are no turtirials at all I would like more information about it please. Thank you

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Wanda,

      Where did you buy it? We do expect our dealers to give owners classes. Yes, the a pandemic makes things a bit difficult but many of our dealers have nonetheless been offering online/Skype classes where in person lessons have not been possible.
      And there are videos etc available on this machine. I expect you have not been looking in the right place.

      Janome America has done a number of Facebook Lives on this model and these are saved on their Facebook page under videos. They also have You Tube videos on their You Tube channel.

      We have done quite a few blog posts on the HD9 right here on Janome Life. (Just do a search for HD9). Two of our Janome Canada artisans have the HD9 and have offered tutorials using this machine over a period of time.

      Have you also joined the HD9 Facebook group? It is very active and lots of useful information is discussed on this forum.

      Unfortunately the HD9 is completely sold out at the moment in Canada, so I am unable to assign one to one of our educators to write posts or make videos. However, later this year, when they are back in stock, we can certainly do this.

      Liz
      JANOME CANADA

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  2. Patience Popovich says:

    Love your mug rug! I would love to make this with the designs you show. Unfortunately I live in Minnesota, USA. Is there any way for me to get the designs?

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    • lizafrica says:

      Hi Patience,
      Unfortunately not unless you approach one of our Janome Canada dealers and ask if they will make them available to you. The designs are a Janome Canada exclusive promotional and marketing tool for our dealers. Sorry.

      Liz
      JNAOME CANADA

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  3. Judy walker says:

    Didn’t realize there was an extra threading hole on that top bar, had to check my machine and then my manual. Thank you for mentioning it. Need all kinds of reminders. Like positioning too.

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