mug rug inspiration blog

We just love our mug rug designs! Not only are they fun to make, they're exceptionally functional and make great gifts.

In addition to sharing some of our new and favourite mug rug designs, we’ve thrown the links to our free in the hoop designs!

“What is a mug rug?”

A mug rug looks like a pot holder, but functions like an oversized coaster or a mini placemat.

Not only does it add a pop of colour to office and table decor, but it keeps condensation from cold drinks from pooling and heat from hot drinks damaging tables and desks.


Pack those bags and hit the road with our new Motorhome Add-On Block.

Is this your kind of vacay? Grabbing those bags and hitting the wide open roads in your fully stacked and packed Motorhome. Make your motorhome matching mug rugs, table runner or a quilt for your next road trip.



This extremely cute, bushy tailed, brown-striped furry little critter is a Meerkat. We've made this adorable mug rug to match our African Animals Table Runner Design.


Our Old Friends mug rug set was our June Sew-Along design last year.

❤️ This month is friendship month ❤️
Our June Sew-Along design came with 4 separate mug rugs, each featuring a friendly figure sitting and reminiscing.

Our Sew-Along group is an ITH Machine Embroidery community that shares progress pictures, hints and tips and completed projects every month online.

At the end of the month we have a fun competition and prizes within the group for anyone who wants to participate.

The best part is that each month our Sew-Along Group members get a unique discount code for their sew-along design.

Sweet Pea ITH Machine Embroidery Designs - Sew-Along Group

Australian Designs - Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs


KOALA & KANGAROO MUG RUG - Our Koala and Kangaroo mug rugs are add-on blocks for our Australian Animals Table Runner design.

This beautiful table runner was designed to feature some of our lesser known Aussie animals. However, by popular demand we have added our true-blue, fair dinkum Aussie Icons into the mix.

Both of these designs were released at the same that Australia was being ravaged by bushfires.

We saw this as an opportunity to provide assistance in way of donations for the sale of these much requested add-on blocks/mug rugs. The full cost of these blocks was and continues to be donated to charities assisting in recover and rejuvenation of Australian Wildlife in areas impacted by fire.

Koala Add-on block or Mug Rug Design - Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs
Kangaroo add-on block or Mug Rug Design - Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs

AUSTRALIAN FLORAL MUG RUGS - These mug rugs are based on the floral emblems of Australia.

The flowers are all embroidery and the background uses the stitch and flip method, this is all done in the hoop.

Australian Flowers Mug Rugs - Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs
Fun Summer inspired Mug Rug Designs


We have a variety of wonderfully fun and bright designs to get you dreaming of the sun on your face, the warm breeze in your hair and getting out and enjoying all that is Summer.

Lady at the Beach Mug Rug - Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Design
Gentleman at the Beach Mug Rug - Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs

Each fun summer mug rug can be used as a handy little coaster or they can be turned into a variety wonderfully bright and fun projects.

We have a lots of fun and bright summer mug rug designs to choose from.


We have a festive and seasonal mug rugs to celebrate the holidays around the year. Valentines, St Paddy's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Halloween, Christmas and more...

Stitching out something quick and easy like a mug rug can really get you into the festivity of any holiday.

We have all kinds of holiday themed designs. In fact, anyway you can celebrate you can do it with one of our designs.

We hope you've found some inspirations for your next project.

We also have an amazingly interactive, inspirational and fun Online Sewing Community you're more than welcome to join.

We share hints and tips, new designs and projects daily.

Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs - Online Sewing Community
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