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Gnome Mug Rug Appliqué Project

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Gnome Mug Rug

designed by Chelsea Briner, Sew Simple Home

How cute is this little Gnome Mug Rug? A mug rug is similar to a coaster, but much larger to accommodate a cookie or snack, too. Think of it as a mini placemat, perfect for appliqué, machine embroidery or showcasing a fun fabric print. This mug rug design will get you into holiday-sewing mode, and have you diving into your stash for some fun leftover holiday prints from last year.

gnome closeup


This gnome mug rug was created using a sneak peek of Sulky’s new fusible webbing: Perfect Appliqué. Remember to always use care when fusing and set your iron to a low- to medium-temp iron. A non-stick pressing sheet also is helpful to protect your iron from fusing mishaps.

After applying the fusible web to the fabric wrong sides, cut out each shape. This project features raw-edge appliqué, meaning a straight stitch is placed just inside the fabric raw edge. It gives it a farmhouse. vintage quality. However, you can certainly use satin stitches or a blanket stitch to secure your appliqué gnomes if you prefer.


raw edge applique gnome

Switch your thread colors to match your fabric, using the Holiday Home 50 wt. Cotton Thread Palette for Quilting as a guide. This thread palette includes all the perfect holiday-themed colors you’ll need for home decor, quilts, bags, gifts and even garments in your holiday-sewing queue.

In addition to the fusible web and beautiful thread, you’ll also need:

  • (2) 6″ x 10″ rectangles of fabric (background and backing)
  • 5-6 contrasting cotton fabrics or scraps (appliqués)
  • Cotton Batting


Use this free pattern as inspiration for other projects and gifts, too. Create a placemat set by making a larger base rectangle for the gnomes to sit on. Appliqué a gnome onto a treat bag and personalize it with a machine embroidered monogram. Create a quilt with appliquéd blocks interspersed with pieced borders. This Gnome Mug Rug pattern has lots of possibilities!

Of course it alone makes a great gift, packed with a nice mug and a pack of hot cocoa. Make one to give to all of your friends, changing up the appliqué fabrics to make each one just a little different.

gnome mug run finished

Enjoy this free project and we hope it brings you “gnome” for the holidays!

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!