Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Latte to Go mug rug and gift card sleeve tutorial

One of the things I love about sewing is making something functional and aesthetic from fabric.  The Latte to Go pattern seemed to beg me to become a mug rug and since coffee house gift cards are always a welcome treat when I receive them (go figure!), I thought a nice gift card sleeve was in order as well.  Together, they create a perfect little thoughtful gift! 
Another idea.  If the person you are making the mug rug/gift card sleeve for doesn't drink coffee, put a Strawberry Ichigo on it instead!  (both the Latte to Go and Strawberry Ichigo finish at 6" square, 6.5" unfinished).  Wouldn't that be cute?  Along with a gift card to the local kitchen shop and you have the perfect gift for the cooking connoisseur in your life. 

Note:  all seams are 1/4" for each project.

Mug rug.  What you will need and the steps to make it:

What you need: a completed Latte to go block, 8" square of batting, 8" square of backing fabric, binding fabric, grommet.
  • layer the backing right side down, then the batting, then the Latte to Go block right side up and pin and quilt.
  • Trim the excess batting and backing.
  • Bind.
  • Using manufacturers directions, apply the grommet to the upper left hand corner of the mug rug.

Gift card sleeve.  What you will need and the steps to make it:
What you need:  a completed Latte to Go block (reduce the pattern copy by 50% before making it), 2 pieces of lining fabric and one backing fabric cut to 2 3/4" X 3 1/2", 3" ribbon.

1.   Trim 3/8" off each side of the small Latte to Go block.

2.  Fold the ribbon in half and stitch it down 1/8" from the edge to the block on the upper left corner, about 1/2"-3/4" from the edge.

3.  With right sides together, sew the top edge of the block to the top edge of one of the lining pieces.  Repeat with the backing fabric and the remaining lining piece.

4.  With right sides together, pin the block and lining and the back and lining pieces together.  Sew around the edge, making sure to leave a hole for turning at the end of the backing edge.  (I used the two pins on the left edge of the photo to indicate where to stop and start sewing.)

5.  Turn the piece through the opening.  Press, then stitch the opening closed.

6.  Push the lining down inside the gift card sleeve and press again.

You are done! 

Use a matching ribbon to tie the sleeve to the mug rug, purchase your gift card, and you are ready to give!


  1. That is an awesome gift!! The gift card sleeve pattern in particular - wonder if I could manage an iPod one for an iTunes voucher ...hmm....

  2. so so me!!! and I NEVER paperpiece.. but I'm printing this!

  3. Such a belter of an idea Penny- when it comes to teacher's gifts at Christmas every stitching parent is sorted :D

    1. I want to make one with your strawberry on it and give as a gift to a friend of mine :)

  4. oh gracious! i am so excited for this! i bought the pattern, printed it out at 50% yesterday, going to make some sleeves today while i do the laundry! ;)

    1. I am looking forward to seeing some of these in out Flickr group!

  5. This is so cute. Perfect for the upcoming holidays!

    1. I thought that too! One in Christmassy colors would be super cute!

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    1. I think a few people will have it bookmarked for the future!

  7. This is awesome. I love the idea of the gift card holder and mug rug. And they are just too cute too. Thank you.

  8. Like the pattern and the fabric you choose to make it..where i find this fabric for Gift Card envelopes..thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Hank,
      I'm not sure what you are asking? Are you inquiring about a specific fabric I used? If so, which one?

  9. Hello!
    I work with Kristin on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog ( Each November we post a series of tutorials, gift suggestions, recipes, shop features and giveaways every day. Our 6th Annual Handmade Holidays series consists of a great assortment of ideas to make the holidays unique, fun and handmade.

    We'd like to use one picture from this tutorial. We will not publish your tutorial- just use one photo, a link to directly to your site and give you all of the credit, of course! Would this be OK? We respect the copyright of all crafters so all links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission. If you'd like to learn more about Handmade Holidays please see this compilation post from 2011:
    Please let me know via email (, and also feel free to include any relevant information you'd like me to post with the tutorial link.
    We look forward to hearing from you,



  10. congratulations guys, quality information you have given!!! a cool way to improve

  11. Absolutely the cutest gift. The tutorial is so well thought out. It makes me excited to try it and tell others about your site! Woohoo

    1. Thankyou Karen! We are glad you like it and please, share our site and tutorials with your friends!


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