Travel Mug


1 Custom Photo Mug – featured mugs are from Home a la mode, they may also be found at Target.
1 slice of a Layer Cake (1 – 10″ x 10″ square) – featured Wonderland by Momo for Moda Fabrics
10″ cut of a coordinating Satin Ribbon
Coordinating Thread
Fray Check by Dritz
Rotary Mat, Ruler, and Cutter and/or Scissors

You may add additional embellishments, however keep in mind that it must stay fairly thin in order to fit back into the mug. Suggested embellishments may include: embroidery, applique, Fabric paint with stencils or foam stamps, etc.

Step One:
Gather all your ingredients.

Step Two:
Remove bottom cap from mug

Remove paper insert.

Step Three:
Line up a rotary ruler along the cut line of the paper insert.

Cut the paper insert using a rotary cutter and mat to creat your template. You may also use scissors if you do not have rotary tools.

Step Four:
Determine where the template needs to be placed on the fabric to get the look you are going for.

Step Five:
Flip the fabric over so it is faced down and then place the template on the fabric faced up. You may pin this in place or just hold the two pieces in place while sewing.

Step Six:
Sew the fabric to the paper for stability.

You can sew any design you wish.

I prefer to sew straight lines in a diagonal both ways to have a diamond quilted appearance.

REMEMBER: You are sewing the fabric to the paper with wrong sides together.

Step Seven:
Following the paper template as a guide, cut off the remaining fabric so that the fabric is the same size as the template. Apply Fray Check to the straight edges of the fabric to prevent fraying while sliding the fabric template back into the mug. The Fray Check will dry clear.
Step Eight:

Cut a piece of Satin Ribbon 10″ in length. Grosgrain ribbon may be used, however because it is a thicker ribbon, you may have difficulties sliding it back into the mug.

Step Nine:
Lay the ribbon towards the top of the template.

Step Ten:
Set your sewing machine to stitch to the far left.

Step Eleven:
Starting at the very top, carefully stitch the ribbon to the template with the fabric facing up. Be sure to follow the curve of the top of the template.

Then, come back the opposite way stitching down the bottom of the ribbon to the template. Always be sure to back stitch on all ends so there will be no lifting when sliding into the mug.

Step Twelve:
Trim off the edges of the ribbon following the same lines as the template.

Step Thirteen:
Roll the fabric insert to fit back into the mug opening.

Carefully slide the fabric template back into the mug ensuring that all the edges are laying down nice and flat.

Step Fourteen:
Line the seam up with the mouth opening at the top so when you are holding the mug the seam is facing you and the beautiful design is facing outward for all to see.

Screw the bottom cap back on and you now have a beautiful custom travel mug.

One Moda Layer Cake makes 40 mugs. Great for gifts!

Fill with your favorite drink and Enjoy!

0 comments on “Travel Mug

  1. Cute tutorial! Let me know when you’re up and running full speed, I have a Moda bake shop item I’ve been saving for a give-away on my blog and I would love to do it with an introduction to the bake shop blog! Happy New Year!

  2. Kim says:

    This is a great idea! Thanks!!! Always looking for new ways to use the cut goods! :o)

  3. John Atkins says:

    So functional. Two suggestions:1. Add a link to your website because the I/T Director of your employer would appreciate it when he finds internet surprises like this one.2. Provide drink recipes to fill the travel mug. A main ingredient to the recipes should be Polish vodka.

  4. Camille says:

    So THAT’s how you did it! I LOVE mine, Angela. Love it!

  5. happy zombie says:

    Oh sew cute, Angela! I love the ribbon on it too – it’s the cherry on top of the (layer) cake!

  6. that’s stinkin’ cute!!!

  7. Auntie Pami says:

    Thanks! I have a couple of blank mugs under my desk. This is going to be a fun, fun site!

  8. Jace says:

    Very cute..Thanks for taking the time to post all your tutorials! I’m very inspired!! What section in Target are the mugs usually at?