Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sharpie Mug Rug Project

I met a few friends online for a pajama party Friday night.  One of us teaches the rest as a sort of interactive tutorial.  It's fun and there's silliness added to the photos and comments of each step.  So this week, we used sharpie markers to draw a design on white fabric.  Some used a nice Kona white, but I had some white muslin that I substituted instead.

Here are some of my designs.
 The squiggles were stacked two fabrics deep and the sharpie bled through a little bit.  But I still needed to retrace each line to make it thicker and darker.

After sharing our designs, we all sprayed them with alcohol to make the marker dye dissolve a little and spread.  Most used a 90% solution, but we had 3 bottles of cheap rubbing alcohol, which was a 70% solution.

After the alcohol spray
Then, we either hung them to let the colors run, or laid them flat (on a kitchen trash bag) to dry.  This is a quick process since alcohol evaporates quickly.

Finally, I stayed up late and quilted one of mine using lots of different thread colors.  It's been a long time since I quilted on my domestic sewing machine, but it was easier to do for such a small size.

I'll probably make up the quilt sandwich for the other designs and have them waiting until I'm in the mood to finish them.  This would make a quick gift along with a mug and a small treat.

Until then, I'm slowing quilting on my big machine that teal quilt which has haunted me.  My goal is to get it off the frame Friday and then hunt some more cream to bind it.  It's going to a dear friend who just moved to TX, so I'll send a care package to her soon.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars


  1. Wow, this turned out so neat! I love the way the ink spread out and your stitches just set it off perfectly. Great job.

  2. I love these! Of course I can't do the quilting part that really makes them sing... yet!

  3. I really like how that turned out, the quilting was the topper....