Googling the phrase “Mug rugs” today, I came up with 60 pages of results and a quick glance through makes it seem that the term has been in use at least in 2010 and 2011. If anyone knows specifics of who first came up with the term or how long people have been making them and calling them, Mug Rugs, please share that info in comments.

Basically they are mini quilt coasters for beverages and snacks. There are at least a few flickr groups if you want some examples for inspiration.  One is Scrappy Mug Rug Swap and another is Mug Rug Madness.

Our guild hosted a blind mug rug swap.  Everyone who brought a mug rug in a brown paper bag could take home a mug rug from someone else.

This is the one that I made, front and back.

and this is the one I brought home (thank you, Sonia) ….

and already put to use.

Since mug rugs are fast and fun and a great way to use up small amounts of left over fabric, I suspect that this will be just the first of many to come.

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