Mugs and Teacups Quilt Tutorial

Hey all! I promised the measurements for my Mugs and Teacups quilt and here they are.

The following cutting and piecing directions are to make the following quilt top. You will be making 7 teacup blocks and 9 mug blocks.

Mugs and Teacups Quilt

Finished Quilt Size: 42 1/2″ x 42 1/2″

Please read all directions before you begin.
Measurements include ¼” seam allowance.
Sew with right sides together.
Cutting directions are based on 43″ WOF.
WOF = Width of Fabric

Fabric Requirements:

Background Fabric: 1/2 yd (Technically you only need 13 1/2″ [3/8 yd], but if you are afraid of making mistakes allow for 1/2 yd.)
7 Assorted Fabrics for teacups: 1 Fat Eighth of each OR fabric scrap that measures at least 6″ x 6 1/2″ of each fabric
9 Assorted Fabric for mugs: 1 Fat Eighth of each OR fabric scrap that measures at least 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ of each fabric
Sashing Fabric: 1/2 yd
Stripe Border: 1/2 yd
Outer Border: 3/4 yd (Again, technically you only need 22 1/2″ [5/8 yd], but if you are afraid of making mistakes allow for 3/4 yd.)

*If you are using the same fabric for background, sashing, and outer border like I did, you’ll need a total of 1 1/2 yd.

Cutting Directions:

From Background Fabric:

Cut 3 strips 1″ x WOF, subcut into 16 – 1″ x 6″ pieces
Cut 1 strip 1 1/2″ x WOF, subcut into 7 – 1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ pieces
Cut 1 strip 1 1/2″ x WOF, subcut into 9 – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ pieces
Cut 2 strips 2″ x WOF, subcut into 7 – 2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces
Cut 2 strips 1 3/4″ x WOF, subcut into 32 – 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ pieces

From each of your assorted 7 fabrics for your Teacups:

Cut 1 – 5 1/2″ x 5″ pieces
Cut 1 – 1″ x 6″ pieces

From each of your assorted 9 fabrics for your Mugs:

Cut 1 – 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces
Cut 1 – 1″ x 6″ pieces

Mug and Teacup Quilt - Step 1

Sashing (White):

Cut 2 strips 2″ x WOF, subcut into 12 – 2″ x 6 1/2″ pieces
Cut 5 strips 2″ x WOF, subcut into 5 – 2″ x 29″ pieces
Cut 2 strips 2″ x WOF, subcut into 2 – 1 3/4″ x 32″ pieces

Stripe Border:

Cut 4 strips, 2 1/2″ x WOF, subcut into 2 – 2 1/2″ x 32″ strips
and 2 – 2 1/2″ x 36″ strips

Outer (White) Border:

Cut 4 strips, 3 3/4″ x WOF, subcut into 2 – 3 3/4″ x 36″ strips
and 2 – 3 3/4″ x 42 1/2″ strips

Piecing Directions:

Step 1: Draw a diagonal line on the backside of all your 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ background squares. Place them on the two bottom corners of your mug and teacup pieces. (Make sure you’re laying out your mug and teacup pieces with the 5 1/2″ as the width laying horizontally.) Sew directly on drawn line as shown in picture below.

Step1-2

Step 2: Cut 1/4″ from seam and press toward background piece.
Next, take your 1″ x 6″ background strips and sew them to each of your 1″ x 6″ mug and teacup strips. *Note: It is important to make sure to use a scant 1/4″ when sewing this pieces.

Press toward your mug and teacup strips. You should have the following pieces.

Mug and Teacup Quilt - Step 3

Step 3: Take your strips sewn in Step 2 and cut them into the following pieces.

Teacup strips: 3 – 1 1/2″ pieces.
Mug strips: 1 – 2 1/2″ piece, 2 – 1 1/2″ piece

Mug and Teacup Quilt - Step 4

Step 4: Sew your pieces cut in Step 3 to look like the following image. Press away from center piece.

Mug and Teacup Quilt - Step 5

Step 5: Take your 7 – 1 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ background pieces and sew them to the bottoms of all your teacup handle pieces made in Step 4. Then take your 9 – 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″ background pieces and sew them to the bottoms of all your mug handles made in Step 4. Press toward background piece.

Mug and Teacup Quilt - Step 6

Step 6: Now take all your mug and teacup blocks made in Step 1 and sew them to their coordinating handles made in Step 5. Press toward large mug and teacup piece.

Mug and Teacup Quilt - Step 7

Your blocks should look like these:

Mug and Teacup Quilt - Step 8

Step 7: You’re not quite done yet though! To make your teacup blocks the same size block as your mugs, take your remaining 7 – 2″ x 6 1/2″ background pieces and sew them to the tops of your teacup block made in Step 6. Press toward top background piece.

Mug and Teacup Quilt - Step 9

Your finished blocks should look like this.

Mug and Teacup Quilt - Step 10

To finish your quilt top, lay out your blocks in a 4 x 4 grid. Take your 12 – 2″ x 6 1/2″ and sew them to the right sides of the blocks in the first three columns of your grid. Then sew all the blocks together in rows. Next, take 3 of your 5 – 2″ x 29″ pieces and sew them in between every row. Press the whole quilt top.

Finishing your quilt:

Take your remaining 2 – 2″ x 29″ sashing pieces and sew to either of the sides of your quilt center. Then take your 2 – 1 3/4″ x 32″ sashing pieces and sew them to the top and bottom of your quilt center. Press these inner borders away from center.

Stripe Border:
Sew the 2 – 2 1/2″ x 32″ strips to sides of the quilt top. Press away from center. Sew the remaining 2 – 2 1/2″ x 36″ strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Press away from center.

Outer Border:
Sew the 2 – 3 3/4″ x 36″ strips to sides of the quilt top. Press away from center. Sew the remaining 2 – 3 3/4″ x 42 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top. Press away from center.

And there you have it! The measurements for my Mugs and Teacups Quilt. Hope you all enjoy!


I’d just like to say again, that this quilt was inspired by both Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet’s mug block tutorial and Jenn from Hambone of Jennicakes’ teacup block tutorial. Thanks again for the inspiration!

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Mugs and Teacups Quilt

Pinterest has done it again! I was searching about a month or so ago, found some really great inspiration, and couldn’t resist whipping up this festive quilt over the holiday break. Take a look!

Mugs and Teacups Quilt

They’re little mugs and teacups!

Like I was saying, I was on Pinterest one night when I spotted that Lori Holt from Bee in My Bonnet pinned of a variation of her mug block for her current Row Along quilt. Instead of the blocks being sewn into a row for her row along, the pin was a picture of 9 mug blocks stacked on top of each other. I thought it was so cute, so I pinned it (having a fascination with mugs anyway…but I’ll get to that later) and kept browsing.

The next thing I knew, I had stumbled upon the most adorable teacup block. Again, the teacups created by Jenn of Hambone and Jennicakes were all stacked on each other and sewn together into a little mini quilt.


Mugs Quilt Block


Teacups Quilt Block

And then it hit me….I needed to put them together and make a twice as cute mugs and teacups quilt! It was perfect!

So a couple of days later, after raiding my stash for fabric to use, I sat down to read both of the tutorials. The blocks themselves were fairly similar. The only difference between them was the technique used to build the handles. Jenn created a three-dimensional single strip that got folded and sewn into the seam. Lori created the strip out of two fabrics, cut it down, and then pieced it back together. In the end I chose Lori’s method to build handles for both the mugs and the teacups. I just thought it’d give the quilt cleaner lines. And let’s face it, I’d probably find a way to mess up those super cute three-dimensional handles if I’d even attempted it.

After deciding to use Lori’s technique to build the handles, I needed to do a little figuring to make the mugs and teacups match in size. I also had to figure out how to make smaller handles for the teacups. After a couple of test blocks, I finally found the right dimensions for both handles and cups. It was fun piecing these super simple blocks together, adding a bit of sashing and a few borders. It was a pretty quick project and just look how cute it turned out!

Mugs and Teacups Quilt

Originally, when I came up with the idea to blend these two blocks together to make this quilt I thought it’d also be really cool to add some pretty trims to make it really festive for the holidays. But after finishing the quilt top and attempting to sew on the trims to a couple of the blocks I found it just wasn’t looking the way I’d wanted it to. So I gently removed them and decided it was perfect the way it was. But it was also kind of sad because just look how CUTE these darn trims are!!!!

Bright Quilting Trims

I’m sure I’ll find another use for them someday…

I didn’t quite get the quilt done in time to enjoy for the holiday but I did, however, get to enjoy all my fun mugs and teacups! These are just a few of the many in my collection. :) I’ve always said when I move out I want a cabinet just for my eclectic collection of cups for people to choose from. My collection grows every year but these holiday mugs are some of my favorites. :)

Festive Holiday Mugs and TeacupsI just knew these two blocks by both of these designers were calling my name when I saw them. I’m so glad I just so happened to come across both of them on the same night I was browsing Pinterest. I’m not sure I would have had the idea to make this really cute quilt top if I hadn’t. :)


A lot of people have already asked me for dimensions of my finished mugs and teacup blocks as I changed dimensions from Lori’s and Jenn’s tutorials to make this quilt top of my own. I’ll make sure to post them this weekend so you can all enjoy making my take on their fun tutorials. :)

Also if you’re on Pinterest and not already following me, come join in on the fun! You can follow me at: http://pinterest.com/sarahrose212/