Saturday, March 1, 2014

Erin Go Bragh - Free Pattern

St. Patrick’s Day Quilted Greeting Card 
or Mug Rug

Erin Go Bragh

In the Irish, Éirinn go Brách, is used to 
express allegiance to Ireland. 
It is most often translated as "Ireland Forever". 

You will need:

6 to 8 different green print fabric scraps about 4” x 4” each
9 ½” x 6 ½” piece of pale background fabric
12” x 12” piece (approximate size) of 2-sided fusible web or freezer paper
5” x 5” scrap of red fabric  
9 ½” x 6 ½” piece of (color of your choice) backing fabric
9 ½” x 6 ½” piece of thin batting or stiff interfacing
Fray Check
Embroidery Thread or Fabric Pens

Directions (for fusible web & freezer paper):

  1. Right click on the pattern images and choose "Save Image As". Save the images in a place in "My Documents" where you can find them again. Go to the images in My Documents and double click on the file name or icon. It will open in your Windows graphics program. Uncheck "Fit to Page" and print. You can resize these on a copy machine or in a graphics program, if needed. Trace the reversed pattern pieces to the paper side of fusible web or freezer paper and cut out
  2. Place on wrong side of fabric and fuse according to directions, usually 5 to 8 seconds with a dry iron on cotton setting.
  3. Cut out pieces along the edge of the fusible; treat edges with fray check
  4. If using freezer paper, proceed as for that kind of applique’
  5. When fray check is COMPLETELY DRY, remove paper backing
  6. Fuse all the pieces to the background using the pattern as a guide for placement
  7. You may buttonhole stitch the edges by hand or machine or leave raw (Directions for "needle turn applique" may be found here.)
  8. Using the pattern, trace your St. Patrick’s Day message to the right of the shamrocks
  9. Go over the traced letters with your fabric pen or embroidery thread stem stitch
  10. Layer the pieces: batting, front (right side up), backing (right side down) and baste together
  11. Stitch all around using a ¼” seam allowance beginning at the lower right 1” above the corner and continuing, leaving a 1 ½” opening to turn the piece right side out
  12. Turn right side out and poke out all the corners carefully, finger pressing the edge; press lightly with a hot dry iron; hand quilt around the bouquet and the outside edges. You’re all done!

We hope you'll be wearin' the green on St. Patrick's Day and enjoying a lovely green drink
 on your new mug rug. Let's see now. What is your idea of a "green drink", i.e., your favorite Irish drink? Please write and tell me!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Rosa. It was fun to make. Now, to finish it!

  2. So pretty and festive. I wish I could think of a green drink that I like, but I'm drawing a blank. Perhaps green food coloring in my latte, since I'm totally addicted to all things coffee.

    1. In the pubs and taverns they serve green beer on St. Patrick's Day. Not MY favorite, but certainly in the spirit of the day!

  3. So cute, Kathie! Thanks for the free pattern! Hmmm.....I'm with Tammy, but perhaps if it was warm enough a nice limeade!

    1. Limeade! Yes! It's almost warm enough......if it ever stops snowing today!

  4. Thank you for visiting. What a cute St Paddy's Day mug rug. Thanks for sharing the pattern.


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