While cleaning up my craft room after the mess of holiday craft shows, I got distracted. Hey, it happens. 😉 One of the things that distracted me was a stack of old craft magazines. Old craft mags and books are a little like surfing the web for me. I look at one, find something interesting, hunt for another book that may clarify something I found, find another cool idea…wash, rinse and repeat. (sigh) In this case I found a rug hooking pattern for a throw rug. Not a latch hook rug pattern, but a hooking pattern that used long strips of wool fabric. While I love creating using the rug hooking technique, I do not like large rug hooking projects because…well, I get distracted. 😉
Since I really wasn’t getting into the craft room clean up chore, I decided to treat myself to a project for me. A rug hooked mug rug. It didn’t take long and the mess in my craft room can be cleaned tomorrow. (Who am I kidding? I made this two weeks ago and my craft room is still a disaster.)
*Before I begin with the instruction, I want to post a bit of a disclaimer. There are plenty of rug hooking purists out there that will say I didn’t do it right because I didn’t use a particular backing fabric or frame. They probably don’t like my messy stitches either, but hey, the backing, frame and stitches are the way I roll. I like it and with any project, that’s all that matters.*
That being said, look away if you must. If you are still with me, the following is my tutorial.
Rug Hooked Heart Mug Rug
Things You Will Need:
Old wool clothing or fabric, red and white
Burlap, small amount
Small wood picture frame
Rug hooking hook
Felt, small amount
Needle and thread
Preparing the Frame and Canvas
1. Find a wood picture frame that is approximately 2″ wider and longer than your desired mug rug. Remove the backing and glass.
2. Place the frame on a scrap of burlap and trace around. Cut out the shape. Note: Try to stay in the same rows of the burlap weave to ensure a straight line and straight shape to your mug rug.
3. Measure in 1″ on all sides and trace a line. This line is the edge of your mug rug. Everything will be stitched inside. Find a heart shape that will fit within the rug edge and trace around it.
4. Bind the edges of the burlap using masking tape. This will help prevent fraying while you work. Place the burlap on the back of the frame and using thumb tacks, tack through the masked edge and into the picture frame.
5. Cut your wool fabric into 1/4″ wide strips. The length of each of my strips were approximately 18″-24″. Shorter or longer strips will work. You won’t need a lot so cut a handful of strips in both red and white to start. Cut more as needed.
1. Finally time to hook. Begin with the heart. You will start by outlining the entire heart shape. With the hook in your dominant hand and the wool strip in the other, insert the hook through a hole in the burlap. Grab an end of the wool strip and pull it through to the top of the burlap.
Following the traced line, insert the hook in a hole beside the first. Grab the strip on the back of the rug and pull the loop through to the front until the loop is approximately 1/4″ tall. Continue hooking loops until the outline of the heart is complete. Note: Beginning and ends of the wool strips will be on top of the canvas. As you reach the end of your strips, pull to the front. Start the new strip in the same hole as the last.
2. Fill in the heart.
3. Outline the edge of the rug shape using white wool strips.
4. Fill in the rest of the rug.
5. Clip all of the ends even with the loops.
1. Remove the thumb tacks and take the burlap off the frame. Remove the masking tape.
2. Wet and wring out a washcloth. Lay the washcloth over the front of the rug. Press your iron over the cloth to steam the wool. Turn the rug over and repeat on the back.
3. Fold the 1″ burlap excess to the back of the rug and press.
4. Cut a piece of felt to fit over the back of the rug. Covering the folded burlap, pin the felt in place. Using matching thread, whipstitch the felt around the rug’s edges.