Photo Tutorial - Up-cycled Denim Mug Rug


Step 1 -You need the pocket(s) of an old pair of denim pants, felt, picker and a pair of scissors


Step 2 – Embroider a design on the felt. We used the Tea and Coffee Monograms from


Step 3 – After you embroidered the design, place the felt on top of the pocket (you unpicked/removed from the pair of denim pants). Place right side together or back to back. This will ensure a perfect mirror image. Cut the felt to match the denim pocket. We used zigzag scissors for a decorative edge, but normal scissors are fine.


Step 4 – This is what your 2 panels looks like at this stage.


Step 5 – Pin the embroidered felt to the pocket (back to back). Insert a ribbon. We used a piece of ribbon (5″ long and 0.6″ wide) folded in half.


Step 6 – With a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, stitch the 2 panels to each other. We matched the thread color to the felt.


Step 7 – Your mug rug is complete. What a great gift to your best friend! and while you have your cup of coffee or tea drop us an email at to share how you plan to use your old pair of denims.