Penny rugs have been made for hundreds of years, often using scraps of wool or felt. This is a guide about making penny rugs.
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I am thinking of trying my hand at making vintage style penny rugs. I went shopping for wool felt and had difficulty finding any that was 100% wool. There were bolts that were a wool and rayon blend. Has anyone made these rugs using material other than 100% wool? Were the results pleasing?
By Barbara from Port Orchard, WA
A "penny rug" is a decoration made of stitched together coin shaped fabric scraps. I didn't know what a penny rug was until I looked it up. I assume any material would work. Just depends on the money you're willing to invest. I buy sheets at the thrift stores for some rugs I've made in the past.
I haven't tried it, so don't know if the results would be the same. Some people who make penny rugs go to second hand stores and purchase wool clothing. They take the clothes apart at the seams, then machine wash and dry it, which shrinks and felts it. This gives them a wider variety of colors than if they purchased wool felt. But of course you can purchase wool felt online.
I have made many penny rugs using wool and rayon blend. I use them for doilies, for all occasions. I got a book from Hobby Lobby (quick easy penny rugs). It has a lot of patterns in it. Good luck. You can also get ideas on the Web.
I am looking for "penny rug" patterns if anyone has some to share.
I've never made a penny rug, but have a few old winter coats that I've been trying to decide what to do with. I think that I'll give one a try. Thanks for the great idea.
I just googled "penny rug instructions" and found several sites with instructions, patterns, and pictures.