A mug rug is a small piece of quilted fabric used for placing mugs, cups or other utensils; in addition to being decorative, they help protect table finishes. Mug rugs are quilted in a variety of patterns and designs.
Mug rugs are popular craft items that many people quilt by hand at home. Etsy.com lists mug rugs from various home sellers in an assortment of shapes, sizes and colors. Craftsy.com and AllFreeSewing.com offer free mug rug patterns and ideas, including explanations of how to quilt mug rugs as napkins and potholders. Mug rugs make great accessories around the house or can simply be used as decorative items.