Coffee Cups for Chilly Weather

My husband and I went to lunch at our friends' house on Sunday. I took a little housewarming gift. These were made in 2017 and were just waiting for that perfect occasion! Much of this blog post comes from when I stitched these in 2017. I thought you'd enjoy seeing it again.

Fabric isn't as exciting as seeing something sewn with it, right? You know I had that in mind when I received 8 fat quarters of Amanda Murphy's Winter Games.

8 fat quarters of Winter Games
I am revisiting a tried and true paper piecing pattern of mine called Coffee Cups. First, here's the original pattern as it appeared in the Kansas City Star in the 1930s:
Coffee Cups pattern using a lot of odd shaped templates
My pattern is for a 7" block. I created a freezer paper fussy cutting window to center my motifs in.

Freezer paper "window" to fussy cut my motifs
Here are two of motifs centered and ready to cut:

Fussy Cutting the skates and snow boards
 And an athlete, of course!

Fussy Cutting a snow boarder
I also cut an oversized square out of the hot cocoa mugs and began my paper piecing.

Cups of hot cocoa and coffee (and probably some tea, right?)
Here is the block finished:
7" foundation pieced coffee cup block
Now can we see some of the others? Here are the 3 blocks finished. I used my walking foot to stitch vertical lines (gray thread) and finished off with my quick and easy binding. I sew it on from the back and stitch it down by machine on the front.

Cocoa motif mug rug
 Gotta have skates!
Skates and snow boards mug rug
 And, an athlete!

Snow Boarder mug rug
And all three together. You can get this pattern at my Etsy store. There are a lot of pictures in color and the foundations are easy to print, with lots of helpful tips.

My set of 3 paper pieced mug rugs using the Winter Games Collection by Amanda Murphy
I also made these using some Kaffe Fassett prints. Wanna see? (Of course, you do)

Four paper pieced Coffee Cups using some large floral motifs
And I made several using an older Windham Fabrics collection called Mimosa:

Four Coffee Cup mug rugs
 And another one with a taste of orange!

Single Coffee Cup block
What? You don't drink coffee? That's ok. Tea is good. Chocolate milk, hot cocoa. And they are great to have on hand for a quick gift for someone special. Check out my Paper Pieced Coffee Cups pattern (6 pages in pdf) at my Etsy store.


  1. Hi Debby! Cute, cute, c.u.t.e. And what a great idea as a hostess gift or housewarming or whatever! Hmm. Maybe I can make some of these for my boss. Her birthday is tomorrow, so not this year, but next or maybe as a holiday gift. Thanks for the suggestion!! ~smile~ Roseanne


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