Yesterday I showed you how to use the Sequence Creator to program text for the Mug Rug and finished embellishing the Mug Rug top.
Today, I’m using the PFAFF creative icon 2 to add backing and binding to finish the Mug Rug.
Let’s get started
Wind a bobbin with sewing thread to match your backing fabric and/or binding.
Thread your PFAFF creative icon 2 with sewing thread to match your backing fabric and/or binding.
Insert a PFAFF Microtex needle size 80.
Sew the backing to the Mug Rug
Fuse the 8” x 11” Inspira Fusible Fleece batting to the wrong side of the Mug Rug top.
Trim the length of the Mug Rug to 9½”. The best way to ensure the tapered stitches are centered, is to place the 4¾” mark of the ruler on the vertical center and use a rotary cutter to trim the excess fabric. Repeat for the other side.
Trim the width to 6½”. Place the 3¼” marking of your ruler on the horizontal center (the center stitched row) and trim the excess fabric away. Repeat for the other side. The finished top should now measure 6½” wide by 9½” long.
Earlier in the week, we prepped the backing fabric by fusing the fusible interfacing to the wrong side.
Center the top of the Mug Rug over the wrong side of the backing fabric. Pin in place to secure.
Place the inside toe of the PFAFF ¼” Quilting Foot for IDT System next to the raw edge of the Mug Rug and stitch around the top. Engage the Needle Down feature.
Using a rotary cutter and ruler, trim the backing fabric to the same size as the Mug Rug top.
Binding the Mug Rug
Press the 2¼’ x WOF (Width of Fabric) binding fabric in half lengthwise.
Starting at the lower edge of the Mug Rug, place the binding to the back of the Mug Rug with raw edges matching.
Sew the binding to the back of the Mug Rug stopping ¼” away from the corner. Use the ¼” marking on the PFAFF ¼” Quilting Foot for IDT System as your guide. Pivot and stitch to the corner.
Fold the binding up to the corner to miter the corners of the binding.
Continue to sew the binding all around the Mug Rug and finish the ends using your favorite method.
Fold the binding to the right side of the Mug Rug making sure the fold of the binding covers the stitches from sewing the binding in place. Pin or clip to secure.
Move the needle position on your PFAFF creative icon 2 to -3.5. Notice the stitch on the screen has also moved to reflect the new needle position.
Place the PFAFF Bi-Level Topstitch Foot for IDT System over the binding so the edge of the binding is sitting just next to the short red mark on the presser foot and the needle is just to the right of the fold.
Engage the Needle Down button on the front of the machine.
Stitch around the binding making sure the fold of the binding covers the stitches and miter the corners as you come to them. I love the PFAFF Bi-Level Topstitch Foot for IDT System for sewing on all my bindings – all I have to do is keep the edge of the binding next to the short red line at the front of the foot and my stitching is always straight and even – the perfect finish to any quilt binding and I don’t have to do any hand stitching (my motto is – if my machine can’t do it, I don’t do it!).
Here’s a close-up of my binding and the perfect stitching thanks to my PFAFF Bi-Level Topstitch foot for IDT System!
Our Mug Rug is now finished. I just need to remove the markings and I’m ready to finally have a place to put my coffee cup or water bottle while I’m sewing. It also makes a great place to keep my notions while I’m sewing.
I think I might need to make a few more as they make the perfect personalized gift for my sewing friends!
Thank you for joining me to explore the many Sewing Programs we have available on the PFAFF creative icon 2. You’ll never run out of creative ways to create and use the decorative stitches as long as we have these amazing Sewing Programs such as Tapering, Patchwork Program, Single Stitch Program, Stitch Creator and Sequence Creator! Have fun exploring these amazing tools! Stop by and see your local PFAFF dealer for more information and a demonstration.
Until next time – Stay safe and stay creative!