Category Archives: Mug Rugs

Dutch Mug Rug going on Tour

Last week I was introduced to Laura of Quokka Quilts. She is organizing a ‘Mug Rugs of the World Tour’. The idea is to make a mug rug with a theme from your country or even the place you are. You don’t have to send it anywhere, so it’s not a swap or anything. Just make a mug rug to ‘represent’ your own country.

Of course, I couldn’t resist. To make this mug rug, I had immediately so many ideas. Should I use typically Dutch fabrics?


But what theme to use? There are so many typical Dutch themes, like windmills, wooden shoes, tulips. Those are the obvious ones. But there is also something like ‘gezelligheid’. A Dutch word which is hard to translate, but it means something like cozy, sociable, homy. It refers to the comfort of a warm house where you can snuggle under a warm blanket with good company and a mug of hot chocolat. This made me think of all the beautiful houses in Holland; they look (at least to me!) quite inviting and I love the different facades and rooftops. So that was my theme!


I made a little sketch and used it as a template for the houses.


For the house in the middle I used a piece of lace, because I really didn’t know how else I could make the white sides with all the curls.



It was a lot of fun making this little mug rug, and because I still have so many ideas to make more of them, I think I will do just that someday. For now this will be my contribution to the Mug Rug World Tour.

If you would like to make your own Mug Rug representing your country, in my sidebar you can find the button.

Groetjes, Dorien

Mug Rugs, and a Give-Away!!



Tweet, tweet! Hello, how lovely of you to visit me! See the big, yellow flower?  Isn’t it beautiful? Almost like the flowers outside, which are blooming and brightening up the world.

Remember the fabrics I showed in my last post? I said I wanted to make some mug rugs with them, so I did.


I used the flowers and bird from this pillow-tutorial.


And just what I was afraid of, happened; this is totally addictive. To make a little mug rug, which has all the elements of making a quilt, but then in a rather small size, is so much fun!! So while I was at it, I decided to make a couple more!


Again a little bird, but look what he sees!




And another one with flowers


And because I just felt like it I decided to give these two away!! No particular reason, not post number X, not a certain amount of followers, just because the sun is shining!


If you want a chance to win these two mug rugs, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Make sure that you are a follower, and that it is possible for me to contact you, either by email or your own blog.

The last day of this month I will draw a winner, so make sure you leave your comment before March 31!!


Groetjes, Dorien