Solar System Mug Rug Pattern

This cute little mug rug is the perfect snack mat for homework time or home school time. The Space theme is perfect for back to school or as a way to celebrate the recent rocket launches! Stitch one up simply with this free Solar System Mug Rug Sewing Pattern.

Colorful fabric Solar System mug rug on white wood table

Amy Chappell is sharing the CUTEST tutorial with us today! She’s teaching us how to make a Solar System Mug Rug! As a huge fan of space myself, my inner geek is super happy with how this project turned out.

Space Themed Solar System Mug Rug Tutorial

I have a daughter who loves space, I mean, really loves it. I decided to sew her up a Solar System Mug Rug for her to take to college and keep on her desk.

Colorful fabric Solar System mug rug on white wood table

Mug rugs are so great for keeping moisture off furniture and catching small spills and they are fun to have and use too! This mug rug would make a fantastic gift for a space enthusiast, teacher, or both! You need very little fabric to sew one up and just a few other supplies. Let’s get started.

Colorful fabric Solar System mug rug on white wood table

And if you want to make a mug rug, but don’t really want a spacey one, this rainbows and sunshine mug rug might be just what you’re looking for.

Colorful fabric Solar System mug rug on white wood table
solar system fabric supplies and pattern on white table

How to Get the Pattern

Fill out the form above and we will email you a link to get the pattern to trace for the mug rug.

Colorful fabric Solar System mug rug on white wood table

Solar System Mug Rug Pattern

Amy Chappell
Create a Mug Rug with a fun Space theme with our free pattern. This project would be perfect to use as a "snack mat" for homework time.
Finished size: Approx. 6" x 9"
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours



  • 1 piece You will need a background fabric for your solar system cut to 9” X 6” I am using shades basic by Riley Blake designs, and a glow in the dark constellation fabric, also by Riley Blake designs from their NASA line
  • 4-6 scraps Scraps of fabric for your planets and sun
  • 1 piece Backing fabric cut to 9 ½ ” X 6 1/2”
  • 1 piece Batting or fleece cut to 9 ½” X 6 ½”
  • 1 piece HeatnBond Lite or other sewable fusible adhesive
  • 1 piece Binding fabric cut to 32” X 2 ¼”

Template Pattern

  • Solar System mug rug pattern


Create Quilt Sandwich:

  • Place your backing fabric wrong side up on your working surface.
  • Line up your batting with your backing fabric.
    3 colors of gray fabric on white table
  • Center the background fabric in the center of the batting, right side up. Baste or pin the layers in place.

Prepare Applique piece:

  • Trace the planets and sun onto the paper side of your HeatnBond lite, labeling each one as you go. (make sure you trace the reversed sun image)
    circle applique pieces ironed onto yellow fabric on white table
  • Cut out each shape leaving a slight margin around each one.
  • Fuse the adhesive to the wrong side of the corresponding fabric for that planet/sun.
  • Cut out the pattern piece along the traced line. *leave the paper backing on for now.

Sew orbit lines and add planets:

  • Cut out the mug rug template from the pattern.
    mug rug in process photo showing partially torn away pattern paper
  • Cut away the paper along the orbit line of Pluto.
  • Pin the pattern to the background fabric, lining up the edges of the paper template with the edges of the background fabric.
  • Sew along the rounded edge of the pattern.
    mug rug in process photo showing partially torn away pattern paper
  • Remove the paper backing from the Pluto pattern piece.
  • Slide the applique piece underneath the paper pattern and line it up with the planet markings on the orbit line.
  • Fuse the planet into place.
    mug rug in process photo showing partially torn away pattern paper
  • Cut away the paper pattern on the next orbit line.
  • Repeat the steps outlined above, sewing along the pattern piece to create the orbit line, placing and fusing the planet in place.
  • Continue the steps until all the orbits are sewn and planets are in place.

Finish the Solar System Mug rug:

  • Sew around each planet and sun using either a narrow zig zag stitch or a straight stitch.
    Colorful fabric Solar System mug rug on white wood table
  • Trim away the excess batting and fabric from the mug rug.
  • Sew binding around the mug rug using your favorite method.
  • You now have a place to keep your mug that is out of this world. 😉 Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.


A Few Tips:
You are not sewing through the paper, but are using it as a guide. Make sure the paper is pinned to the mug rug in the same spot after each trimming. 
As you work you will trim the paper away a little bit at a time. 
Love this tutorial? Get the behind the scenes on Instagram

I hope you have fun with this little bit of creative sewing! If you want more mug rug inspiration, this mini rainbow mug run is a bright and cheerful sew.

And if you are looking for some more seasonal sewing, these fabric pumpkins are a blast to stitch up ,

and I even have an expanded version in my Etsy shop with a PDF and 5 pumpkin sizes!

No matter what you make, I hope you have fun!

About the Designer

Amy Chappell Bio Photo

Hi! My name is Amy Chappell, and I blog over at Ameroonie Designs. I currently live in Wyoming with my husband and six kids. I love being a mom but needed an outlet that would give me something to do that stayed done. Enter sewing and creating. I love the satisfaction of taking fabric and ideas and making something new. I also love that blogging has given me a way to meet new people and find a community of amazing people who love fabric and sewing as much as I do.
Ameroonie Designs

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  1. I submitted my email address to obtain the password to get the pattern for the Solar System Mug Rug Pattern, but I never received a confirmation of my email nor a link to the pattern. What more can I do?

    1. I noticed that you have a yahoo email address. They are notorious for sending our emails to spam. Double check that it didn’t land in your spam folder on accident.

    2. Actually, I checked you are already subscribed. You can just go right to the downloads page to get the template. If it asks for your email enter it again, then let it “think” for a second. It will unlock for you.

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