Scented Mug Rug – Beginner Sewing Projects

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Stop hot beverages from damaging surfaces and catch drips by making a simple and beautiful mug rug.

This particular mug rug pattern is unique because it is scented! Ground spices are hidden between the layers of fabric. When a cup full of a hot drink is placed on it, the scent of the spices fills the air.

Scented Mug Rug Pattern

We chose cinnamon, clove and allspice to insert in our mug rugs – one spice in each coaster. They release a pleasant scent of fall.

Any ground spice you prefer will work. Lavender would be lovely. Just make sure it is ground or flat so that it doesn’t create bulk. You want a secure surface for the mug to safely rest on.

For the perfect gift, bundle some coffee beans and/or tea bags with a set of mug rugs in a reusable produce bag made with coordinating fabric.

The free mug rug pattern detailed below is a great project for beginners who are learning to sew. It only requires straight, short lines of sewing and very little fabric and supplies.

In fact, this is a great scrap busting project for both fabric and batting. Here are some other awesome sewing projects for beginners that we love.


Flat lay of cutting mat, rotary cutter, sewing clips, thread, ruler, spices, batting and fabric

A set of fabric quarters is perfect for this project since they all coordinate. Scraps from a quilt are also a great choice. You can use leftover batting too.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Before you begin, it is a good idea wash, dry and press your fabric.

Step 1 – Cut Fabric

Cut your fabric to 5.5″ x 5.5″ squares. A rotary cutter and cutting mat make quick work of this step.

Fabric squares cut to size on cutting mat

Step 2 – Cut Batting

Cut squares of batting the same size too. You will need two squares of fabric and two squares of batting for each coaster.

Four squares of batting on cutting mat with rotary cutter

Step 3 – Sprinkle Spices

Sprinkle your spice(s) of choice all over one of the batting squares.

Square of batting with spices sprinkled all over it

Step 4 – Assemble Squares

Choose one fabric square for the top of the coaster and one for the bottom. They can be the same fabric or different, coordinating fabrics. Grab another square of batting too.

Then stack the squares with the spices on the bottom, followed by the other piece of batting and two fabric squares, right sides together.

Stack of batting, spices and fabric

Step 5 – Clip Layers Together

Now use sewing clips to hold all the layers together. Use two pins on one side to mark where to start and stop sewing that it leaves an opening for turning.

Stacks of fabric and batting clipped with red sewing clips

Step 6 – Sew Around Square

Next, sew around all four sides of each coaster with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Remember to leave a 2″ opening on one side.

Wrong side of fabric squares placed under sewing machine needle with 3/8" seam allowance

When approaching a corner, stop 3/8″ from the edge, lift your presser foot, and turn the square so that you can continue sewing down the next side.

Sewing machine sewing around wrong side of fabric square

Step 7 – Trim Corners

Now trim the sides and corners to reduce bulk in the seams after turning. DO NOT trim the side with the opening. This will make it easier to sew closed later.

wrong side of fabric square with corners cut off

Step 8 – Turn Right Side Out

Insert your fingers through the opening and pull all but the top layer of fabric through the opening.

Pulling fabric through opening to turn right side out

Use a point turner or chopstick to gently press out the corners. Take care not to press through the fabric.

Step 8 – Fold Opening Under

At the opening, fold the fabric inside the coaster so that it is flush with the edge. Use a few sewing clips to hold it closed.

Floral fabric mug rug with clips holding opening closed

Step 9 – Top Stitch Perimeter

Then top stitch around the perimeter of the square as close to the edge as possible. Make sure you close the opening as you sew.

Sewing machine top stitching fabric mug rug

Step 11 – Quilt Center

Add some quilting stitches to the center of the coaster to prevent the layers from shifting during use or washing.

You can sew any design you’d like to accomplish this. We placed a simple “X” in the center.

Floral mug rug on sewing machine plate with needle in center

Step 12 – Finishing

Use thread snips to trim any threads. Pressing can also help if your coasters do not lay flat. In our case, it was not necessary.

Fabric mug rug with green and tan flowers

You made a scented mug rug!

Three fabric mug rugs in white and green floral fabric

Use and Care

The warmth of a hot mug of coffee or tea will activate the spices to reveal a pleasant aroma.

They can be machine laundered as necessary. Give them a press if needed.

Don’t forget to pin this project for later, and check out some more sewing projects for beginners listed below.

Scented Mug Rug Sewing Pattern
Yield: 3 Scented Mug Rugs

How to Make Scented Mug Rugs

Scented Mug Rug Pattern

How to make scented mug rugs with the aroma of spices.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2.00


  1. Cut fabric and batting into 5.5" squares (two each for every coaster)
  2. Sprinkle spices all over one of the batting squares
  3. Layer two squares of fabric on top of two squares of batting with the spices sandwiched in between
  4. Clip
  5. Sew around perimeter with 3/8" seam allowance leaving 2" opening on one side
  6. Trim sides and corners to reduce bulk
  7. Turn right side out
  8. Press out corners with point turner
  9. Turn fabric of opening under 3/8"
  10. Clip
  11. Top stitch around perimeter as close to the edge as possible
  12. Sew an "X" in the center

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