Don’s Den: Gone Fishing Mug Rug



GONE FISHING MUG RUG is for a 5×7 hoop.  Read and scroll down for supplies.

This is a shaped mug rug finished in satin stitches.

DWANEE HOWARD found some fantastic background fabric for her fishing mug rug!  Great work Dwanee!











5×7 hoop

batting to fit the hoop

background fabric x2 for the front and back

scraps for the blue water and for the background of the fish – try using batik fabric


  1.  hoop WSS
  2. stitch placement line
  3. place batting down
  4. stitch batting down.  trim now or after the back is on
  5. add background fabric, face up.
  6. stitch it down, trim now or after the back goes on.
  7. stitch applique:  placement, place the fabric down, tack down, trim and final stitches
  8. stitch any detail work.
  9. your machine will stop for this color change, and it will be an outline of the shape of the design.  before this step stitches, take your back fabric face down and put it on the back of the hoop.  tape if you need to.
  10. stitch the tack down for the backing.
  11. take the hoop off the machine and carefully trim the back fabric, and batting and fabric if you didn’t do it earlier.
  12. change your bobbin to match the top thread and stitch the satin stitches and decorative stitches.  Done!

1 review for Don’s Den: Gone Fishing Mug Rug

  1. Julie Walker (verified owner)

    FYi iThere is a step missing in the design in the instructions. Yes you listed fabrics for both applique steps, but left the second placement step out. The one where you place the fabric for the fish. I had this nearly three quarters of the way finished when I realized the step was missing in the instructions. For a beginner, it could be very frustrating. Thankfully, I’m not a beginner and figured it out.

    Now that I figured it out, I will start again.

    Please understand, I’m only suggesting this for the beginners and the rest of us. Instruction writing is hard, you know the steps in your head, which makes it second nature to you. Some embroidery people are just starting out and need a little extra guidance spelled out for them.

    Thank you for your great designs and your YouTube channel. Stay safe from this nasty virus up there in Cananda, eh.

    With warm regards,
    Julie Walker

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