Snowman Mug Rug

Merry Christmas! Here’s a mug rug I made for my Mother. She loves Robins. I love Snowmen. Her favourite colour is blue, mine is red and we both love tea! It’s the perfect combination.


It’s upcycled denim (leg of a pair of jeans). I thought I’d give a mini tutorial.


  • Denim jeans material
  • 1″ Black square x 10
  • 1″ Blue Squares x 10
  • 1″ White squares x 10
  • Brown felt
  • White felt
  • Yellow felt
  • Black scraps for eyes
  • Red scrap for Robin’s red breast
  • White embroidery thread
  • Red backing fabric of your choice
  • Button for the bird’s eye
  1. Sew the squares together, the top strip, the bottom strip and the two side strips.
  2. Sew the snowman’s eyes and nose on before you attach him to the denim.
  3. Sew the robin’s red-breast, beak and button-eye on before you attach him to the denim.
  4. Cut the ¬†snowman’s head out of white felt and position him on the fabric so his neck will be underneath the border ‘scarf’.
  5. Attach the side strips to the denim
  6. Attach the top and bottom strips
  7. Attach the Robin now, before you add the backing.
  8. Embroider the snowflakes and the French Knot snow
  9. Attach the backing with your preferred method. I tried a few folding methods before deciding on folding the hem in and invisible stitching, because I really liked the peep of red.

Although it’s already Boxing Day here in NZ, wishing everyone Happy Holidays! Hope your season is Merry & Bright!