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How to Seam Bind a Mug Rug Tutorial

This mug rug tutorial will teach you how to seam bind your pattern!

How to Seam Bind a Mug Rug Tutorial

Learn how to finish up your cute and decorative new rug mug pattern when you watch this How to Seam Bind a Mug Rug Tutorial video. The technique used in this video can be great for using for other projects you may work on in the future as well.

Plus, it is such an easy technique to master, and it comes with a sewing video tutorial to help you visualize what you need to do! You will have your DIY mug rug finished in no time when you follow these tips for creating and finishing your seam binding!

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byEither Hand or Machine


Materials List

  • Prepared mug rug
  • Scissors
  • Machine or needle
  • Thread
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler/straight edge
  • Iron
  • Quilting pins

How to Seam Bind a Mug Rug

Seam Binding a Mug Rug Instructions:

  1. Trim the excess backing fabric of your rug so that there is only 1" on all four sides.

  2. Turn each corner up at a 45-degree angle, with the fold evenly aligned with the corner of the backing. Press with the iron.

  3. Fold each side up half way so the raw edge meets the edge of the backing. Press with the iron.

  4. Fold each side up (again) so the fold aligns with the edge of the backing fabric, and the folded backing fabric covers the raw edges of the strips. Press with the iron.

  5. Check all four corners to make sure that the miter is lining up as it should be.

    If not, adjust folds and repress.

    If so, use scissors to cut a small square out of the inside corner of all four sides so that the mitered edges are flatter.

  6. Pin the binding down, making sure everything, especially the corners are lined up correctly before sewing.

    You may also use a hand sewing needle and thread or sewing machine to tack down all four mitered corners, adjusting as needed.

  7. Topstitch binding into place.

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