My name is Corinna. I am 18 years old, and I live in Germany.
When I was in London this year with my boyfriend and his Family, I went to the Museum and former house of Sigmund Freud (the Austrian neurologist and psychoanalyst).
There, I found a little rug coaster in the gift shop that inspired me to make some of my own.
Since I like them pretty much and they make me feel cozy with a cup of tea on cold winter days like there are at this time of the year, I wanted to share my experience with you.
By the way, this is also a fantastic handmade Christmas present to give away a cozy winter feeling.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- fabric (I used two colours from old curtains)
- cork matt
- liquid glue
- double-sided adhesive tape
- mustered ribbon
- a set square
- chalk (or a chalk marker)
- a pencil
Step 2: Cutting the Pieces
For cutting the pieces, you have to figure out where to cut first. I measured a big Starbucks cup for my rug coaster. The diameter of such a cup is 9 cm.
So I measured my cork matt. Since that is only 4.8 cm wide, I decided to just take two rows of that for my coaster. That would make two cut peaces of cork with the measurements 4.8cm x 9.6cm. You can mark your cutting lines easily with a pencil.
My fabric layer has the measurements 9.6cm x 11.6cm. The two centimetres I calculated more, are for the fringes. Here, the pencil is also a good tool to mark the cutting lines.
Then, I cut out a square out of the darker fabric with the measurements 9.6cm x 9.6cm on the outer square and 7.6cm x 7.6cm on the inner square. Here, I used the chalk marker to draw the cutting lines.
Step 3: Gluing Together
For gluing the pieces together, I first took a piece of the double-sided adhesive tape and put it in the middle of the two cork matt pieces.
Around that I put some superglue which works quite good to glue the fabric onto the cork, but other liquid glue works too.
After that, I glued the square out of the darker fabric on with superglue too.
Step 4: The Fringes
The fringes are easier to make than you would think.
Actually, your fabric might already have a bit of them.
For increasing or creating them you just have to pull on the horizontal threads and get them out. The vertical treads will automatically form the nice fringes.
Step 5: Decoration
For decorating your mug rug coaster you can use some mustered ribbon. I had a red checked one and cut some pieces to lay them into a nice position before I glued them on (picture 2).
I also took a small piece of the darker fabric to pick up the frame again.
Step 6: Final Mug Rug Coaster
And here is your finished cozy "Mug Rug Coaster"!!!
I hope you had as much fun with the instructable as I did.
Please feel free to ask questions in the comments. I will get back to you as soon as I can.
And, as I said in my other instructables aswell, I want to apologise for my english. Since I learned english at school, I am not a native speaker. Nonetheless, I hope you can understood everything! Otherwise, there always is a comments section below!