Heather visits the Carroll County Farm Museum, and learns how to make a penny rug ornament a thoughtful and thrifty gift idea for any occasion!
To make a tier-shaped Penny Rug Ornament:
- Materials include: at least two different colors of felted wool, pearl cotton, lightweight cardboard, pencil, scissors and an embroidery needle.
- Using coins, spools and other circular objects, cut pattern pieces from cardboard and felted wool.
- Sew smallest penny to small penny using pearl cotton and a blanket stitch.
- Use contrasting colors and center smallest penny.
- Sew small penny to solid small penny of same color with wrong sides together after inserting the small cardboard circle. This completes the top tier.
- Using opposite color schemes, complete steps three and four for middle and bottom tiers respectively.
- To finish your ornament, start with the third tier. Pass knotted thread of pearl cotton up from center bottom. Knot on top of bottom tier. Measure 1-inch, and tie knot (spacing the tiers).
- Pass pearl cotton up through center of middle tier and knot. Measure 1-inch, and tie knot. Pass pearl cotton up through center of top tier and knot. Make loop to hang by. Knot again and cut.
- You are finished!
Did YOU Know?
Penny rugs originated in the 1800's, and were made from old scraps of felted wool. The circular pattern pieces are modeled after pennies, which used to be about the size of a quarter!
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