This is Episode 07 of my series, MAKE THIS!
Today we're making a Mug Rug — or what other people call a coaster. This weaving project is easy to get the hang of and a cute way to turn your favorite yarn into a home decor piece.
MUG RUG WOVEN COASTER
This literally is just a tiny mug for your rug and it's too dang cute.
As always, you can customize this for your space with whatever pattern or colors you're feeling. Opt for all one color, or change it up with some color blocked stripes like I did!
If you're in love for this project, make a whole set as a gift or make a larger one as a plant coaster or trivet for pots and pants. Mug rugs for everyone!
Ok, let's learn how to make it, but don't forget to pin this post for later.
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- Yarn — 2-3 colors
- Piece of Cardboard — 10-12" wide
- A coaster (for sizing)
- Box Knife
- Pen or Pencil
- Yarn Needle - or Wire needle (like in EP 02) or a bobby pin
- Cutting Surface (I used scrap wood)
- OPTIONAL: Fabric Adhesive
HOW TO MAKE A MUG RUG WOVEN COASTER
Trace your coaster onto your cardboard
This will give you a guide as to how long and wide to weave and where to tie off your coaster.
I marked the top, bottom and sides of my coaster in the middle of my cardboard.
Create your "loom"
Cut slits in along the top and bottom of your cardboard, about 1/4 in apart.
I used my box knife and ruler to measure.
You want to make sure these cuts are all the way through so you can turn your cardboard on its edge and make sure the cuts are clean.
Stick your yarn into the first groove on your cardboard and start wrapping it around, putting one string in each groove.
You want to make sure your yarn is taut, but not too tight. You don't want any slack but you also don't want your cardboard to bow or bend because of the wrapping.
Start in the bottom middle, right where your bottom coaster mark is. You'll leave tails on each end to tie off and make fringe.
Thread your yarn needle — or folded wire needle or bobby pin — and start weaving under one string and over the next, over, under, over....until you reach the other side.
I used my fork to gently push my woven string down and line it up straight across the bottom mark of my coaster.
Turn around and weave back the other direction, this time the opposite way — i.e. if you went under a string last time then go over it this time.
Continue like this until you'd like to change colors, then just leave a 3-4" tail on the end of your old string, and start going the other direction with a new string (leaving a tail on that one as well).
We'll weave these tails back into the mug rug at the end, or you can choose to tie the strings together so you don't have any tails to deal with.
I like the tail method because it gives me more control over when and where I'm changing colors.
Tie off your edges & create fringe
Once you've weaved all the way up to the top mark for your coaster, leave a tail on the last thread.
If you've wrapped all the way around your cardboard (back towards the beginning) then you can actually flip the cardboard over and create a whole other coaster before cutting it off your board and tying it off.
Once you're ready to cut and tie them, just snip all your strings up at the top of your board near the notches you cut earlier.
Tie them together — two by two — so that your weaving stays together and you create a little fringe / tassels on the end. Make sure to pull the knot down tight at the base of your strings right next to the first woven string so that everything stays secure.
I like to loop both strings around together and create a knot that way vs tying a box knot. If you have three strings on the very end of your mug rug, tie them in a loop knot all together.
Weave the tails back into your coaster
Thread a tail onto your yarn needle and weave it in and out of your weaving on the back — 3/4 times going across from where the tail starts to the opposite side of your coaster.
Once you reach the edge, cut the end of the tail and secure it with a little fabric glue.
Do this with each tail on the same / back side and secure them in place with fabric glue so they stay put.
If you're going to use these coasters on the patio, its a good idea to give it a coat of mod podge to help it hold up in the elements, especially on the back with all the tails.
Fluff the fringe
If you like the way your fringe looks, you're done!
I wanted fringe that is a little fluffier and less stringy looking so I used a wire cat / pet brush to comb out my yarn fringe.
This helps unravel the threads at the end and leaves them looking fluffy with great texture.
Don't forget to pin this post for later!
Season 01: YARN IT is all about yarn.
If you aren't caught up, here's what you can binge so far:
- Episode 01: ULTIMATE TASSEL TUTORIAL
- Episode 02: BOHO FRINGE BASKET
- Episode 03: HOW TO MAKE PERFECT POM POMS
- Episode 04: DIY THIS MACRAME VIBE WALL HANGING
- Episode 05: MAKE THIS CUTE WRAPPED CHARGER CORD
- Episode 06: PLUSH POM POM PARTY RUG (ANY SIZE)