Hi there friends! It’s Amy from Ameroonie Designs here again with a fun holiday treat for you! ‘Tis the season for handmade gifts. But, it is also a busy season, and as much as I would love to give elaborate handmade gifts, there simply isn’t enough time in the day. Because of this, I love giving a little something handmade, even if the main gift is mostly store-bought. So, if you can relate, and need something simple and sweet to gift, I have just the project for you! These Christmas Tree mug rugs are small and simple but pack a festive punch!

Package one up with some hot chocolate or tea, a mug, and a treat and you have a darling gift anyone would love!

Christmas Tree Mug Rug Tutorial


  • Fabric for mug rug- you need 2- 5″ X 7″ rectangles- I am using scraps from other projects, but all are from Riley Blake Designs
  • fabric for binding one 2 1/2″ X WOF is more than enough, or use premade bias tape if you like
  • Tree fabric- small scraps is all you need
  • Stitch n Sew Fleece or batting- This is a great chance to use up those small left-over scraps, you only need 1- 5″ X 7″ piece
  • Heat n Bond EZ-print Lite or Heat n Bond lite
  • The pattern for trees –  the pattern includes 2 sets of trees, you will only use one per mug rug.
  • Optional but helpful – Spray n Bond Basting Spray
  • Sewing Machine and basic sewing supplies

Assembling the Mug Rug:

Begin by preparing your applique pieces. Print or trace the tree pattern onto the paper side of the Heat n Bond Lite. Cut out each tree leaving a slight margin all the way around. Fuse the Heat n Bond on the wrong side of the tree fabric following the package instructions. Next, cut out each tree on the pattern lines. Remove the paper backing from the trees.

Position the trees on one of your 5″ X 7″ pieces of fabric. I stitched mine down while I was doing the free motion quilting, but if you aren’t going to do that, stitch around the edges of each of the applique trees using a straight stitch or a narrow zig-zag stitch.

Now, create your quilt sandwich using the two pieces of fabric and your fleece or batting. Baste the layers together, use basting spray, stitches or pins. Quilt as desired. Add binding using your favorite binding method and your mug rug is finished!

These mug rugs are really addicting to make because they are such a fast finish. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself making more than one! Which is handy, because you can always gift one and then keep one for yourself!

Happy Holiday stitching everyone! xoxo, Amy

2 Comments on Christmas Tree Applique Mug Rug

  1. Judy
    December 17, 2019 at 8:08 am (4 years ago)

    Oh that is the cutest mug rug I have seen this year and looks like it is fun to make too! Wish I had seen it earlier, I would have made one for all my friends.

  2. Carla J
    December 24, 2019 at 9:05 am (4 years ago)

    Trees are cute. Easy to turn into a name tag for a gift or postcard for mailing. Thank you! Merry Christmas!