What exactly does that mean? The fabric company, Island Batik, sends me a box of fabric and I get to make things!
I just received my first box of happy mail Wednesday night. And boy was I shocked at what was inside! Not only was there (by my rough calculations) over 30 yards of fabric, but also 9 spools of Aurifil thread and 4 spools of Superior threads!!!! And this is just supposed to last the first six months!
Each month of the year, Island Batik has different projects that I must complete with the fabric. First up, making a mug rug for Galentine's Day!
Wait? Galentine's Day? Don't you mean Valentine's Day? Nope! Galentine's Day is a new trend - and it's for celebrating your gal pals the day before Valentine's Day!
Of course as soon as I got my box of fabric and thread, I wanted to start sewing! So I whipped up my mug rugs so I could have a Friday finish - and in time for Galentine's Day!
In the box was a fat quarter bundle of six pink fabrics for this project. I decided to make three mug rugs - I wanted a few more, but time - and I didn't want to run out of fabric!
I printed an envelope template off the internet and cut two out of fabric for each envelope. I sewed them right sides together, leaving a small gap for turning. After turning, I pressed well and stitched them to a quilt sandwich.
Next I raw-edge appliqued a few hearts to each mug rug.
Next I trimmed and added binding.
Last, I hand-stitched (gasp!) the two side flaps of the envelope to the bottom flap and added a snap for closing. The finished mug rugs measure roughly 7 1/2" x 9".
I absolutely love how they turned out! Super cute, and perfect for my Galentines! Can't you just imagine a big cookie inside the envelope and a tall glass of milk?
Now I'm off to make a batch of cookies so I can add one before I mail them off to my gal pals!
Be on the lookout for some other fun projects each month using Island Batik fabric! Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram so you can see what the other ambassadors make too!