I decided I'd like to make mug rugs. I don't know the people to whom these are going but I have met most of them - they are nurses.
This was the first one I made. It was a free pattern/tutorial that I came across while searching for patterns. I made mine one inch longer and I used bias tape for the black keys because they gave a better finish than just cut and fused fabric.
Here's the pattern: http://bettinadanger.blogspot.ca/2012/07/piano-mug-rug-tutorial.html#.WiVr-FWnGDI
Another idea I got off the internet. It was from a search on Craftsy. My colours are much richer than the mug rug I saw.
I liked making crazy stars or maverick stars and since I had a lot of one colour already in a pile, I just went for it. Again, the idea came from something I saw on the internet.
This is why I had a bunch of purples already in a pile. The pattern is from Fat Cat Patterns. I am a pattern tester and since the mug rugs were mainly for nurses, I thought it was appropriate.
Another one in blues.
A group shot. I have one more to finish up and hopefully, I will remember to take a photo and post it.
Some sites you might want to get inspiration from: