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« on: July 23, 2009 11:58:02 AM »

Is it ridiculous that I hadn't heard of penny rugs until a few weeks ago? Yup. Never heard of the things.

So just in case there are others like me out there, a penny rug is a decorative mat made from stacked felt circles sewn together with a blanket stitch. They were most popular in the Victorian era as thrifty homemakers would save scraps of wool and create something new. Coins were used as templates, which is where the penny rug gets its name. They were used to adorn tables, stands, and mantles - they never touched the floor.

Well I came across one while visiting a very crafty lady and just thought it was the bee's knees. I immediately set my mind on making one. I taught myself how to blanket stitch, and here's what I came up with...

Here it is in action on the coffee table!

I had so much fun I decided to make another one, which has found its way to the end table beside the bed.

 Cheesy Thanks for looking!


« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2009 12:05:21 PM »

I love love love these!
What kind of fabric did you use??
have any links to tutorials??
thanks for sharing!!seriously awesome!!
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2009 12:25:17 PM »

I love love love these!
What kind of fabric did you use??
have any links to tutorials??
thanks for sharing!!seriously awesome!!

Smiley Thank you!

I don't have any links to tutorials... basically though, I just sewed felt circles together with 3 strand embroidery floss, and then used white school glue to stick them in a pattern to a large black sheet of stiff felt. Then I trimmed the black felt about 1/8th of an inch larger than the pattern itself. Pretty simple, really. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2009 01:06:51 PM »

how simple & lovely.  always a winning combination! Wink  this is my first time ever hearing of a penny rug & i am intrigued.

« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2009 01:50:31 PM »

WOW thanks for sharing!  Never heard of these either, now I want to try it!  So many options....these would be great for the holidays...add some pre-cut snowflakes, etc.....I'm ready to raid my piggy bank.

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2009 02:08:11 PM »

These are beautiful! I'm adding this to my list of crafts to try!

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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2009 06:44:17 AM »

those are very pretty.  way too pretty to put stuff on top! 

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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2009 07:00:36 AM »

Your penny rugs are gorgeous.  I had wisted one awhile back and somebody made me something in that pattern.  Very nice work.

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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2009 07:41:21 AM »

Wonderful job Cheesy  i love the colors you used on them..
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