If you are looking for a quick handmade project for Christmas, try my adorable Russian Nesting Doll Mug Rug, also known as a Matryoshka doll. It makes a great gift for a special friend. I designed this pattern last year when my local guild, the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild, did a mug rug swap for our annual Christmas party. It was a big hit, so I decided to share it with you.
Download a pdf of the pattern pieces here. Reduce or enlarge the patterns to make dolls in multiple sizes!
Finished Size – 9 ½” x 6 ½” approximately
DRESS: 10” x 7” piece of fabric
APRON: 5” x 5” piece of fabric (I fussy cut my apron)
5” x 5” piece of Mistyfuse or double sided fusible web
SCARF: 6” x 7” piece of fabric (If you choose a print, I suggest a small scale print)
6” x 7” piece of Mistyfuse or double sided fusible web
FACE: 4 ½” x 3” piece of fabric in the flesh color of your choice
4 ½” x 3” piece of Mistyfuse or double sided fusible web
HAIR: 4 ½” x 2” piece of fabric in the hair color of your choice
4 ½” x 2” piece of Mistyfuse or double sided fusible web
BATTING: 11” x 8” piece of batting
BACKING: 12” x 9” piece of fabric
BINDING: 40” of bias cut binding (I use 2 ¼” strips to make my binding)
Note: There are several great tutorials online for making bias cut binding. This project requires bias cut binding so that it will flex around the curves of the nesting doll shape.
1. Read through all of the instructions.
2. All seams are ¼” unless otherwise noted.
3. Cut out all of the paper patterns or trace them onto template plastic. Do not trace the patterns onto the fabric yet.
4. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, apply Mistyfuse to the back of the corresponding pieces of fabric for the apron, scarf, face, and hair.
1. Trace and cut out each of the pattern pieces onto the right side of the corresponding fabric pieces.
1. Fold and finger press the dress, apron, scarf, hair and face pieces in half length wise (the pattern pieces have a dotted line to indicate where to fold each piece).
APRON & SCARF:
1. Place the apron on top of the dress using the folds to align and center the pieces. The bottom of the apron should be located 1 5/8” from the bottom of the dress (refer to the mark on the dress pattern piece). Use a hot iron to attach the apron to the dress.
2. Place the scarf on top of the dress using the folds to align and center the pieces. The top edge of the scarf should align with the top edge of the dress. The bottom edge of the scarf should overlap the top of the apron by 1/8”. Use a hot iron to attach the scarf to the dress and apron.
3. Machine appliqué the exposed edge of the apron using coordinating thread.
4. Machine appliqué the bottom edge of the scarf using coordinating thread.
FACE & HAIR:
1. Place the face on top of the scarf using the fold to align and center the piece. The top of the face should be located 1” below the top of the scarf (refer to the mark on the scarf pattern piece). Use a hot iron to attach the face to the scarf. Do not appliqué at this point.
2. Place the hair on top of the face using the fold to align and center the piece. The top edge of the hair should align with the top edge of the face. Use a hot iron to attach the hair to the face.
3. Machine appliqué the exposed edge of the face using coordinating thread.
4. Machine appliqué around all edges of the hair using coordinating thread.
1. Make your quilt sandwich. Place the backing right-side-down. Center the batting on top of the backing. Center the nesting doll on top of the batting with the right-side-up. Use safety pins to baste the quilt sandwich.
2. Quilt the mug rug in the pattern of your choice, I chose straight lines.
1. Make and prepare your bias binding. Machine stitch the binding to the top of the mug rug. (Note: If you have never made bias cut binding, there are several great tutorials online for cutting and attaching bias binding to curved pieces.)
2. Trim away the excess batting and backing fabric along the edge of the nesting doll.
3. Fold the binding to the back of the mug rug and hand stitch it down.