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Coasters In Penny Rug

Coasters in Penny Rug

Penny Rug is a traditional technique that was born in the United States and became known throughout the world.

According to the wikipedia.org website, the penny rug technique emerged during the Civil War.

As cloth and wool became scarce and expensive, housewives took advantage of what they could from blankets, old clothes, etc., using them to make rugs and other utilitarian pieces.

They used coins (pennies) as molds, hence this type of handicraft became known as "penny rug", coin rug.

Regardless of origin, this work begins to become popular in Brazil, originating beautiful objects of home use.

Your friends will certainly compliment this different coaster, and even make orders!

Materials Needed

  • Pieces of felt of various colors
  • Printed Fabric Retail
  • Fine Raw Cotton Retail
  • Needle for embroidery
  • Embroidery lines Ruby # 5 (ball) of various colors
  • Cutting Compass (optional)
  • Paper for molds
  • Scissors for fabric
  • Nail scissors
  • Pencil

How to Make Coasters in Penny Rug

Cut into paper for molds three circles in the following sizes: 24cm, 10cm and 4cm.

The compass is the most practical way to get perfect circular cuts. But if you have not, print this template in the sizes indicated.

To download the image to your computer click on the image:

Download Templates

Click here to download the download files to your computer (PDF)

How to Make Coaster in Penny Rug

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Penny rug jobs are usually made entirely of felt, but let's innovate a bit.

With the larger mold, cut one circle on the printed fabric and another on the raw cotton.

Obs: pass the tissues before, because wrinkles and folds make a difference when cutting.

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Cut the tissues, taking care to leave a "gap" of at least 2cm around the risk.

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Join the two circles with the sides averse and sew to the machine, leaving an opening to turn.

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Before turning the fabric, make small pikes at the edge, taking care not to cut the seam.

So the cup holder will be well rounded.

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Turn inside out and go through, "stretching" the seams with the iron.

Use to flip open the edges of the opening before closing your hand - but do not close it entirely.

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Now let's give the paninho a finish with a buttonhole stitch.

It's very easy: take the red embroidery thread and thread the needle through the remaining opening to hide the knot.

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Thread the needle approximately 1cm below the edge of the cloth and make a turn with the thread.

The needle must pass through this turn.

Pull to close the stitch.

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Make a new point to the right of the first and at the same height.

Pass the needle through the first stitch.

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Proceed all around, always tying the new point in the previous one.

Try to keep the points at the same height and the same distance from each other.

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If the line ends before closing the circle, insert the needle in the last point, make two small points (one over the other) and cut the line very short.

To put a new line, simply fasten the end of the line in the same way.

Penny rug hour!

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Here we will use felt of various colors; so before cutting, try to make several combinations to see what is best.

It is best to combine a light color with a dark color.

Trace and cut 10 circles with each of the two smaller molds.

To cut round circles, the best is a curved tip scissors, the type used to cut the nails.

Join two circles, so that one is over the center of the other.

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Hold the small circle firmly in this position and thread the needle through the other side.

Pull the thread so that it is only one notch on the wrong side and re-insert the needle where it came out, forming a loop (see photo).

Now re-thread the needle through the center of both felts and into this loop, then pull.

Thus, the reverse side of the embroidery will have a cleaner look without those unsightly knots.

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Again push the needle through the center of the felt and make another loop; but this time, fasten it with a little dot near the edge of the smaller circle.

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Make a cross with that point; then make new points in the four remaining spaces, forming a star.

Repeat with all circles.

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Let's finish the finishing of the "coins" with the buttonhole point, and also lock the coins in the cup holder.

Take one of the felts, take the first stitch and hook the needle into the embroidery of the piece.

Fasten with small stitches, taking the opportunity to discreetly thread the needle into the fabric; done that, make the blunt point on the felt, exactly as we showed before.

Stitch the pieces of felt to complete the entire back of the cup holder.

As it is a cup holder, we could not decorate much, so as not to cause imbalance of the objects.

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That is why we invested in the combination of the print with the vivid colors of felt and embroidery; but you can use this technique for other objects: pillows, centerpieces, bags... it depends on your imagination.

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