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Scented Mug Rug

Stop hot beverages from damaging surfaces and catch drips by making a simple and beautiful mug rug.

A cup of tea sitting on a floral mug rug with text overlay reading: How to Make a Scented Mug Rug.

This particular mug rug pattern is unique because it is scented! Ground spices are hidden between the layers of fabric. When a cup full of a hot drink is placed on it, the scent of the spices fills the air.

We chose cinnamon, clove and allspice to insert in our mug rugs – one spice in each coaster. They release a pleasant scent of fall.

Any ground spice you prefer will work. Lavender would be lovely. Just make sure it is ground or flat so that it doesn’t create bulk. You want a secure surface for the mug to safely rest on.

For the perfect gift, bundle some coffee beans and/or tea bags with a set of mug rugs in a reusable produce bag made with coordinating fabric.

The free mug rug pattern detailed below is a great project for beginners who are learning to sew. It only requires straight, short lines of sewing and very little fabric and supplies.

In fact, this is a great scrap busting project for both fabric and batting. Here are some other awesome sewing projects for beginners that we love.


  • Fabric Quarters or Scraps
  • Batting Scraps
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Various Ground Spices – Cinnamon, Clove, All Spice
  • Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Sewing Clips
  • Turning Tool or Chopstick
Flat lay of cutting mat, rotary cutter, sewing clips, thread, ruler, spices, batting and fabric

A set of fabric quarters is perfect for this project since they all coordinate. Scraps from a quilt are also a great choice. You can use leftover batting too.

How to Make a Mug Rug

Before you begin, it is a good idea wash, dry and press your fabric. Then cut it to 5.5″ x 5.5″ squares. A rotary cutter and cutting mat make quick work of this step.

Fabric squares cut to size on cutting mat

Cut squares of batting the same size too. You will need two squares of fabric and two squares of batting for each coaster.

Four squares of batting on cutting mat with rotary cutter

Choose one fabric square for the top of the coaster and one for the bottom. They can be the same fabric or different, coordinating fabrics. Grab two squares of batting too.

Sprinkle your spice(s) of choice all over one of the batting squares.

Square of batting with spices sprinkled all over it

Then stack the squares with the spices on the bottom, followed by the other piece of batting and two fabric squares, right sides together.

Stack of batting, spices and fabric

Now use sewing clips to hold all the layers together. Use two pins on one side to mark where to start and stop sewing that it leaves an opening for turning.

Stacks of fabric and batting clipped with red sewing clips

Next, sew around all four sides of each coaster with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Remember to leave a 2″ opening on one side.

Wrong side of fabric squares placed under sewing machine needle with 3/8" seam allowance

When approaching a corner, stop 3/8″ from the edge, lift your presser foot, and turn the square so that you can continue sewing down the next side.

Sewing machine sewing around wrong side of fabric square

Now trim the sides and corners to reduce bulk in the seams after turning. DO NOT trim the side with the opening. This will make it easier to sew closed later.

wrong side of fabric square with corners cut off

Insert your fingers through the opening and pull all but the top layer of fabric through the opening.

Pulling fabric through opening to turn right side out

Use a point turner or chopstick to gently press out the corners. Take care not to press through the fabric.

At the opening, fold the fabric inside the coaster so that it is flush with the edge. Use a few sewing clips to hold it closed.

Floral fabric mug rug with clips holding opening closed

Then top stitch around the perimeter of the square as close to the edge as possible. Make sure you close the opening as you sew.

Sewing machine top stitching fabric mug rug

Add some quilting stitches to the center of the coaster to prevent the layers from shifting during use or washing.

You can sew any design you’d like to accomplish this. We placed a simple “X” in the center.

Floral mug rug on sewing machine plate with needle in center

Use thread snips to trim any threads. Pressing can also help if your coasters do not lay flat. In our case, it was not necessary.

Fabric mug rug with green and tan flowers

You made a scented mug rug!

Three fabric mug rugs in white and green floral fabric

Use and Care

The warmth of a hot mug of coffee or tea will activate the spices to reveal a pleasant aroma.

They can be machine laundered as necessary. Give them a press if needed.

White mug of tea setting on green flowered mug rug
Yield: 3 Scented Mug Rugs

How to Make Scented Mug Rugs

Tea in white coffee mug setting on three fabric mug rugs with a bowl of spices in background

How to make scented mug rugs with the aroma of spices.

Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2.00


  • Fabric Quarters or Scraps
  • Batting Scraps
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Ground Spices (Cinnamon, All Spice, etc.)


  • Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat Set
  • Sewing Clips
  • Turning Tool or Chopstick


  1. Cut fabric and batting into 5.5" squares (two each for every coaster)
  2. Sprinkle spices all over one of the batting squares
  3. Layer two squares of fabric on top of two squares of batting with the spices sandwiched in between
  4. Clip
  5. Sew around perimeter with 3/8" seam allowance leaving 2" opening on one side
  6. Trim sides and corners to reduce bulk
  7. Turn right side out
  8. Press out corners with point turner
  9. Turn fabric of opening under 3/8"
  10. Clip
  11. Top stitch around perimeter as close to the edge as possible
  12. Sew an "X" in the center

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Sunday 3rd of December 2023

Can I use felt instead of batting, Or jeans? I'm new to this. Thank you.

Kathie Lapcevic

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

You probably could but I haven't tried it.


Monday 23rd of January 2023

These look lovely. Just wondering if they can be washed? Thanks, Sharon

Kathie Lapcevic

Saturday 28th of January 2023

Once you wash the scent is likely to go away and they might get extra lumpy...


Saturday 19th of November 2022

I love your Scented Mug Rug. Thank you for sharing!

Kathie Lapcevic

Sunday 20th of November 2022

So tickled to hear it!


Saturday 26th of March 2022

I love your instructions. They are clear and very specific. I would not wash as the spices and herbs will lose their aroma. Great tutorial. Thanks.

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