Sunday, January 19, 2014

Yoga Mug Mat

The beginning of the new year is the time for a fresh start, eating better and doing a work out of some kind. I find Yoga is a great way to keep your body flexible and to relax and de-stress your mind.
Make this Mug Mat for someone that enjoys Yoga, or maybe wants to!

~2 pieces of cotton fabric cut 12-1/2" x 7" one for front and one for back of mug mat~I used the same fabric for front and back
~ 1 piece cotton batting cut 12-1/2" X 7"
~1 piece black cotton solid fabric cut 8-1/2" x 7-1/2"
~1 piece coordinating color cotton fabric to match your front fabric for letters cut 8"x 4"
~paper backed fusible~ 2 pieces~ cut 8-1/2" x 7-1/2" and 8" x 4"
~binding~store bought or make your own approximately 38 inches
~fine tip marker or pencil
~Invisible thread
~fine point scissors
~print out pattern at the end of post and cut out 

Fabric cut and ready to go
Front and Back of Mug Mat~I cut both from same cotton fabric
Black cotton for Yoga figures
Brown print for letters(You chose fabric for letters that go with your front of Mug Mat)

Iron paper back fusible onto black fabric and fabric you chose for letters, following manufacture instructions.

Place letters right side down on the paper side of the fabric you chose for the letters. This piece is 8" x 4"~fabric is right side down

Using a fine tip marker or pencil, trace each letter onto the paper side

Using sharp pointed scissors, cut out the letters and yoga figures on drawn lines

*Tip~use small pieces of painters tape, gently adhere tape to hold paper pattern in place

Yoga figures drawn on paper side of black fabric, 8-1/2" x 7-1/2"

Cut out along drawn lines

*Tip~use a pin to score paper

Peel off paper easily from scored line and repeat for all letters and figures.

Lay out front side of mat~ lay figures and letters however you like or follow this pattern.

Press figures and letters in place following manufacture instructions on fusible.

Layer backing fabric, right side face down, then batting on top of wrong side of backing, then mat top right side up on top of batting.

Pin the layers together.

Thread the machine with invisible thread, sew around the figures and letters. I like to use a free motion foot for this.

For the background, instead of quilting the background with free motion, I chose a decorative stitch and went along the diagonal of the stripes. I used a  coordinated decorative thread.

All the layers stitched together, and raw edges of appliques are secured.

Using a small empty spool, 1/4 inch from each corner, draw a curve.

                                                      Cut along the curved line

Repeat for all for corners if you wish, or just leave all corners  straight.

Sew on binding of your choice. I make mine using a one inch binding and use 1/4 inch seam aligning raw edges on front, flipping finished edge to back and hand sew all the way around edge.

Finished Yoga Mug Mat!
Done with the workout and ready for 
a nice cup of Ginger Tea!

Print out full page Patterns for Yoga Mug Mat

                                                                    Ginger Tea

My husband and I enjoy drinking ginger tea so much!
It is delicious and has many benefits; it improves circulation, eases muscle aches, and aids in digestion.

Ginger Tea
Fresh Ginger~Peel and slice enough for about 1/3 cup
Tip~Peel ginger easily with a teaspoon

~Steep in 4 cups boiling water for 5 minutes.
~Pour in cup and add slice of lemon and some raw honey if you like some sweetness.
Drink and enjoy!

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