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Turkey Felt Mug Rug

Let’s make a Mug Rug!

Creating a Turkey Felt Mug Rug is a great way to add some festive Thanksgiving flair to your fall decor. These fun pieces also make for an adorable handmade gift idea. You will delight in the fun of making this mug rug pattern that will allow you to enjoy your homemade creation all season long! Let’s get started!

supplies needed for your mug rug:

  • Felt- (1) 9″ x 12″ background sheet( I used sandstone)
  • Felt (small pieces)- brown, red,gold/yellow, white, black, (4)colors for feathers (2 per color)(orange, green, purple, pink)
  • Embroidery floss-colors of your choice
  • Needle-big eye, sharp needle
  • Fabric scissors
  • Printed template
  • Paper scissors
  • Pins

step-by-step instructions to make your own turkey mug rug:

  1. Print the turkey parts template, and cut out all of the pieces for the mug rug pattern. 
print and cut pattern template for mug rug

2. Take your background felt sheet and fold it in half so that you have (2) 6″ x 9″ pieces. You will sew your turkey design onto one piece, and then you will attach the back piece at the end. 

cut your background felt to make two 6" x9" pieces for mug rug

3. Place your turkey body on the brown felt, pin it into place, and cut the shape out. Repeat with the outer eye(white), inner eye (black), wattle (red) beak (yellow), and the (8) feathers (your color choice).

pin template to felt for mug rug pieces

4. Place the feathers on the front felt piece and pin them into place, making sure the turkey body covers any holes/gaps. 

pin feathers to front piece of mug rug

5. Thread your needle with (3)strands of embroidery floss, and tie a knot at the end. Hide your knot on the back of the felt and using a running stitch attach all of the feathers to the felt. 

hand sew the feathers to the front piece of the mug rug using the running stitch

6. Repeat with the turkey body, beak, wattle, and eyes using coordinating thread colors.(you can always glue these pieces on with fabric glue if you don’t want to sew)

do the same with the turkey head, and waddle

7. Now that all of the turkey pieces are attached, you can sew the backing felt on using the blanket stitch. 

sew the two pieces of the mug rug together using the blanket stitch
finished turkey mug rug

Why You’ll Love Making Turkey Felt Mug Rugs

Crafting a turkey felt mug rug is not just a delightful artistic endeavor, but also a heartwarming way to add a touch of festive cheer into your daily routine. This adorable and functional creation not only serves as a practical accessory for your favorite hot beverages but also stands as a testament to the joy found in handmade, thoughtful creations. As you sip your warm drink and admire the details of your turkey felt mug rug, may it remind you of the joy that comes from embracing creativity, gratitude, and the simple pleasures of the holiday season.

Commonly Asked Questions for a mug rug pattern

Do I need to be experienced in crafting to make a felt turkey mug rug?

Not at all! This project is suitable for all skill levels, and detailed instructions or templates are often available to guide beginners through the process.

Can I wash a felt turkey mug rug?

While felt is generally durable, it’s advisable to spot clean your mug rug to preserve its shape and colors. Handwashing with mild soap and cool water is recommended.

Can I use my felt turkey mug rug as a coaster for hot drinks?

Yes, the mug rug is designed to protect surfaces from hot beverages. However, it’s advisable to let extremely hot items cool slightly before placing them on the felt.

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