Mug Rugs

This is a good attempt at mug rugs. Again, a sleepless night last night gained me a couple of sewing hours. I used the paper-pieced awareness ribbon and small quilt block patterns to make these.

First is the burgundy ribbon for Multiple Myeloma, my cancer. I used the corners I snipped off the wall quilt I made late in the spring for a customer on Etsy to make the pinwheel block. The second is a pink ribbon (no explanation needed, and I’ll give it to my Mom who is a survivor) and did a simple string quilt block with coordinating fabrics.

I know where the mistakes are and family won’t care, right? I’m considering making a lot of these during my cancer convalescence and putting them for sale on Etsy or eBay. I need to live away from home for a month and I plan to take my small portable Brother sewing machine along, and keep my sewing materials manageable, as in one tub only. Maybe I can use up a lot of my stash and small bits making these.

Something else I decided after doing these – I think I’ll make a fabric “ribbon” (two-sided with hemmed edges) and applique the ribbon to future mug rugs. It takes quite a bit of time to make the paper-pieced portion of the mug rug.

I’ll need ideas on what will sell in the store, what’s your ribbon? I plan to do the zebra-print for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (rampant in my family), Alzheimer’s of course, but what else do you suggest?


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