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DIY Free Mug Rug Pattern -You Will Want To Make

Inside: A free mug rug pattern and tutorial for hand sewing one out of upcycled denim.

Are you someone who loves to start their day with a hot cup of coffee or tea? Do you find yourself constantly wiping up spills and drips from your mug on your desk or table? If so, a mug rug might be the perfect solution!

A mug rug is a small, decorative mat designed to sit under your coffee or tea mug and catch any spills or drips. Not only is it practical, but it can also add a touch of style and personality to your morning routine. Making your mug rug is a great way to use fabric scraps, get creative, and add a personal touch to your space.

The Fabric Mug Rug Pattern

I love to Netflix and sew, so I designed this mug rug pattern as a hand-sewn project. I used fabric scraps from leftover denim upcycles to make the coasters, as I love the indigo colours of the fabric.

Also, denim is a robust, easily washed fabric. It’s sturdy enough for this project. There is no need to add a batting layer. But you can make this fabric mug rug with other fabrics using the same pattern.

The fabric coaster is constructed using an English Paper Piecing method.

English paper piecing is a technique that involves wrapping fabric around paper shapes to create precise and intricate designs. It’s a great way to use fabric scraps and create beautiful designs. Combining this technique with denim scraps can create a unique and durable mug rug.

I used the classic hexagon shape for this paper-piecing mug rug pattern; download it here.

Denim mug rug pattern

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What You Need

what you need to make a denim fabric mug rug

How To Make A Denim Fabric Mug Rug

Step 1: Cut out the paper hexagon shapes. You can use the pattern or a die-cutting machine to create uniform shapes. You will need at least 14 small paper hexagon shapes for a mug rug and one larger hexagon for a template.

Step 2: Cut out your denim hexagons using the larger shape as a template.

Drawing around the hexagon English Paper piecing template.

Step 3: Using double-sided sticky tape, place one of the smaller paper shapes in the centre of the denim hexagon wrong side up. You will need 14 hexagons for each fabric coaster.

Addng paper hexagon to denim fabric center

Step 4: Fold the edges of the denim over the paper shape and secure it with a few stitches. Continue folding and stitching around all sides of the shape until it is completely covered in denim. Repeat this process with all of your paper shapes. (Don’t stitch into the paper)

Stitched denim hexagon for English paper pieced mug rug
Lots of stitched hexagons for fabric mug rug

Step 5: Arrange your denim-covered shapes into a six-petal flower hexagon shape, right sides facing up. Hand-stitch them together using a whip stitch, joining the edges of the hexagons together. Continue until all seven shapes are stitched together, forming a hexagon.

You will want two of these hexagon flowers for each coaster.

Whip stitching the hexagons together
Stitched hexagon flower shape for denim mug rug

Step 6: Remove the paper shapes from the back of the hexagon by gently pulling them out. Press the mug rug with an iron to flatten any wrinkles.

Removing the paper from the hexagons

Step 7: Pin the two denim hexagons’ right sides together. Then stitch around the edges using a simple whip stitch. Leave a gap of two hexagon sides. Turn the mug rug right side out and stitch up the hole.

Stitching the mug rug closed.

The Finished Mug Rug

And that’s it! Using the English paper piecing technique, you now have a unique and durable mug rug made from denim scraps.

Upcycling fabrics like old shirts and skirts can make more colourful and patterned mug rugs. These fabric coasters would make for a lovely man’s handmade gift, especially if you use their old jeans or shirt to make them.

Using larger hexagons with this pattern, you can easily make matching placemats. Check out these denim pot holders that could also be easily made into mug rugs.

Two denim mug rugs made with hexagon English Paper piecing
denim mug rugs with coffee cup

These cute mini denim rugs would also make excellent plant pot mats. Make bigger mats, use bigger hexagons or add more hexagons to your design.

plant mug rug mat

Other DIY Mats and Coaster Ideas

If you are looking for more mug rug patterns, some festive ones are in this round-up of Christmas sewing projects.

Check out these other denim sewing projects if you still have plenty of fabric leftovers to upcycle.

If you don’t fancy a bit of Netflix and sewing but are keen to make a handmade fabric coaster, check out these no-sew denim coasters and upcycled fabric placemats.

However, if you enjoy denim patchwork and want a bigger project, check out these stunning denim patchwork chairs made with English Paper Piecing. There is even a hexagon-shaped rug in this collection of DIY denim rugs.

Other projects to check out are:

DIY fabric mug rug pin
Yield: Makes a denim mug rug

How To Make A Fabric Mug Rug

Denim mug rugs

Download this free pattern to make a fun denim mug rug fabric coaster using an English paper piecing technique. This is a fun hand-sewing project suitable for beginners.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Denim scraps or other heavy cotton fabric scraps
  • Free pattern and hexagon template from the blog
  • Double-sided sticky tape


  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric scissors


  1. Print out the hexagon mug rug pattern template and cut out all the hexagon paper shapes.
  2. Draw around the large hexagon template on the denim fabric and cut out 14 shapes.
  3. Using the double-sided sticky tape, stick a small paper hexagon into the centre of the denim on the wrong side.
  4. Fold over the denim edges around the hexagon paper and stitch them in place with a simple tacking stitch. (Don't stitch through the paper). Carry on until you have 14 denim hexagons.
  5. Wipstich seven hexagons together until you have a flower shape. Repeat with the other seven denim hexagons.
  6. Remove the paper shapes from the denim hexagon flowers.
  7. Pin the two denim flowers' right sides together and stitch around the edges. Leave two edges open and turn the mug rug's right sides out. Then sew it closed along those two remaining edges.Stitching the mug rug closed.

Donna via Funky Junk

Friday 19th of May 2023

Ohhh this is such a cute and clever coaster design! Love the denim to keep things casual so you don't mind the odd coffee drip or 5! So pretty!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 20th of May 2023

Thank you, it's a lovely sofa craft to do whilst watching TV. Plus it looks good on the coffee table!

Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers

Thursday 18th of May 2023

I always love your denim projects, this one included! I'm featuring you tonight at the Home Matters Party. Hope to see you drop by to take a look. Thanks for sharing!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 19th of May 2023

Thank you so much. I just love working with denim, I look forward to seeing my mug rug featured.


Wednesday 17th of May 2023

Ha ha! You are totally right, this IS a mug rug I want to make! I love a bit of EPP and it's nice to see you tack yours to hold them, the same way I do, rather than the glueing that so many people do these days. All methods are fine of course, each to their own, whatever works, no judgement!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 17th of May 2023

Thank you, Julie. I agree if you glue then that alters the feel of the fabric, plus you don't get the theraputical benifits of a bit of slow sewing.

Cara ~ Vintage Style Gal

Tuesday 16th of May 2023

What a cute idea Claire! Thank you for sharing your inspiration with us. You always have such wonderful ideas.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 17th of May 2023

Aww, thank you so much, that is kind of you to say so.


Monday 15th of May 2023

LOVE this unique technique, Claire!! We will be featuring you starting Wednesday at the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Pinned and shared! Creatively, Beth

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 16th of May 2023

Thank you so much, I look forward to seeing it.

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