I've been making crazy quilt mug rugs out of scraps. Start by putting some Joni Mitchell on the CD, I cannot guarantee a good result without her.. ;-)
Let's see what's in the scraps today...
Start sewing pieces together with a quarter inch seam allowance. Don't put too much thought into it, just find scraps and sew.
Sometimes the scraps are too big, I sew them on first and adjust the size later, I find it easier to see the design that way.
This mug rug is going to be small, just 4 x 6 inches, just enough for a mug and a cracker. When you feel happy with the design and size of your top, cut it to size.
Now cut a piece of backing and a piece of batting half an inch larger than your top. (I didn't do this... but do as I say not as I do...) My batting is an old wool blanket, leftover from a quilt, and my backing an antique sheet-scrap.
Sandwich them and pin.
Then quilt. I chose to quilt in the ditch, sewing just next to the seam on the side that doesn't have the seam allowance under it, if I had used a better color thread this would have made the quilt seams almost invisible.
Now cut to size and bind. There are easier/faster ways to bind a mug rug, but I do it the same way as my full size quilts. See the binding tutorial.
Comments are appreciated.