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Tea Time with Friends – BFF Mug Rugs Tutorial

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we have the perfect little gift for your BFF! Our BFF Mug Rug is here to celebrate that person in your life that will sit with you and chat over tea, coffee or hot chocolate. We’ve designed it to work like those Best Friends Forever necklaces from when we were kids – you have one and your BFF gets one also. So make a mug rug for your friend and keep one for yourself! Come on, let’s get started …



Choose nine different mini charm squares. Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew them together to create a nine-patch unit. Make two.

With right side up, place a nine-patch unit on an 8” square of batting. Using coordinating thread, quilt the nine-patch unit.

Trim the quilted nine-patch unit to measure 6 1/2” square.

Using the BFF Heart Template cut out two hearts.

Using the photo as a guideline, place each heart on the quilted nine-patch unit. We used spray baste to keep them in place.

Using a blanket stitch on the sewing machine, sew the hearts in place.

To add the lines, use the BFF Heart Line Templates as a guideline and use an erasable pen.

Using the 12wt thread, stitch on the drawn lines. The thicker thread will give it a hand-stitched look!

With right sides facing, layer the backing fabric on the mug rug top. Using a 1/4” seam allowance, stitch around the outside edge. Leave an opening on the bottom of the mug rug to turn it right sides out. Clip the corners to prevent bulk.

Turn the mug rug right sides out. Fold the opening closed. Using a 1/8” seam allowance, stitch around the outside edge of the mug rug.

Now it’s time for some tea with your BFF!

Share with #BFFMugRug

We hope you decide to make your own BFF Mug Rugs, be sure to hashtag #BFFMugRug and tag us (@fatquartershop) so we can see and share your work. And all of these images can be repinned on Pinterest so you can share this project with your friends or save it for later!


  1. My BFF is a Valentines Birthday girl & we are getting together the day before to take a fun class together at our LQS. I think I will surprise her with these mug rugs! ♥️

  2. Absolutely love this but I hit a snag. The placement of the stitching is giving me trouble. I am not sure, but it looks like I must free hand copy the stitching and the heart. How do I copy the template to the fabric?

    Also, the placement of the heart stitching is not clear to me. The template seems to big.

    So far it is do beautiful, I can’t wait to finish it.