Joye gave me this bag of “leftovers” from some quilted bags she made a while back.
In it was a lot of pieces similar to this in various colors.
I set them aside for a while until an idea started to take shape…and it burst into full bloom when I found the PERFECT mugs at the local thrift store.
So here you have it…
CHINESE COINS SNACK MAT or MUG RUG TUTORIAL
6-1/2″ x 10″
Scraps for coins, pieces at least 2-1/2″ wide. You could use 2-1/2″ squares and cut them down to between 1-1/2″ and 1-3/4″ . You could use scraps of 1-1/2″ strips, precut. You could use those leftovers from making a log cabin quilt…basically, get scraps. But, when you can use pre-cut or partially made, it is a bonus. I used the triangular shapes above and cut them to 2-1/2″ wide, then picked out everything that was too small.
Scraps for the “between” strips. Background fabric of some kind that is 1-1/2″ wide and a total of at least 26″ long.
Scrap for back at least 7″ x 11″
Scrap of batting at least 7″ x 11″
About 40″ of binding
1. Create your “coin” strips using your scraps of colored fabric. You will need three strips at least 6-1/2″ long each. I just hooked pieces together until they were at least long enough, plus just a little. It will be squared up in the end.
2. Cut your between strips. You need four strips 1-1/2″ x 6-1/2″. At least. Again, I made mine just a little longer and squared them up at the end.
3. Lay out your strips alternating between the between strips and the pieced “coins.” You should have a “between” strip on each end with “coins” in the middle as shown. Sew them all together using your standard 1/4″ seam allowance. (NOTE: Picture is missing strips, because I started to sew them together, but you get the idea.)
4. Using your rotary cutter and ruler, square up the top to 6-1/2″ x 10″. It will make it all neat and tidy.
5. Make your quilt sandwich with backing fabric face down, batting and pieced top. Stretch and smooth to prepare for quilting. Add a few pins to hold everything in place. If you put the pins in the pieced sections, you won’t have to move them as you quilt.
6. Quilt. I used straight stitching in the between strips, 1/4″ away from the seam. This is easier than stitch-in-the-ditch and gives a nice texture, I think. NOTE: You can see the pins in this picture.
7. Bind and finish. Ta-dah! A fun little snack mat, perfect with a mug of your favorite hot drink (or cold drink, too) and a cookie. WARNING: It is easy to get carried away. I made three before I knew what I was about.
Chinese Coins Snack Mat Gallery