Friday, December 18, 2009

"Dash-Away All" Penny Rug


  I love holiday baking and thought a penny rug would be the perfect way to capture these memories. Can you see my cookie jar is waiting for my Reindeer Sugar Cookies? He is traced from a cookie cutter I have used for years!



Supplies: 1/2yd white felt, 1/4yd red felt, 1 piece tan felt, 1 piece aqua felt, 2 skeins white floss, 1 skein red, 1 skein aqua, black. Large scissors, small pointed, pinking sheers. Button hole stitch, outline stitch, basting stitches. Print pattern to fit standard copy paper size.

STEP 1. Using circle pattern or 15" plate, trace on back of white felt. Place scallop pieces ABUTTING traced line, trace 19 scallops around circle. Repeat on second half of felt for back piece. Cut out.


STEP 2. Trace rooftops flipping pattern over at fold line. Cut out. With small pointed scissors snip windows and doorways if desired. (Snow on roofs uses pinking sheers, one long piece cut to size)
STEP 3. Using long running stitch, baste rooftops 1/2 inch above scallops allowing room for snowflake circles. Use 2 strands red floss, button hole stitch to attach. (Don't be afraid to gather felt in hand. Turn piece in hand as needed to stitch. Go slow, don't become frustrated!) Snow is attached with tiny single stitches, 1 thread, white)


STEP 4. Following natural curve of rooftops, lightly pencil mark same 1/2" from scallops to create complete circle. Use 3 strands red, outline stitch.


STEP 5. Use one strand white floss, long running stitch to create curve to write "dash-away all" about 1" from red circle edge. Use pencil to write words. Two strands red floss, outline stitch. NOTE: DON'T worry if your letters or spacing aren't perfect. This is why there is a "dash" and little blue snowflakes to "even things out". I call this "CHARM"!!!


STEP 6. Cut 1 tan, 1 white reindeer same size. Slightly trim white reindeer to create icing appearance. Button hole stitch icing to cookie 2 strand white. Apply nose with small tacking stitches, eye can be a bead or black satin stitch. Baste reindeer in place with LONG running stitches 1 strand white floss. SMALL running stitch cookie to background with 1 strand white very close to white felt edge.
STEP 7. Button stitch blue snowflakes where needed to please your eye (or cover any mistakes!) Snowflakes, 2 strands white through all layers.


Step 8. Sew snowflakes on each circle, 3 strands white.
Step 9. Button stitch circles in place, 2 strands aqua. ALMOST DONE!!!
Step 10. Baste finished top to bottom piece matching scallops. Baste together using long running stitches, 2 strands white. Button stitch around all edges, 3 strands white. NOTE:( I also used 2 strands white small running stitches just next to rooftops and red outline of circle to give stability. Optional) Remove all basting stitches. Iron lightly on back of penny rug.

18 comments:

Scrap for Joy said...

Ooooooooooo what fun it is to find....another wonderful Elizabeth original! Your penny rug is adorable! From the flying reindeer to the snow capped buildings to the scallops with snowflakes!!!! I promise to start making things in March for next year. You amaze me E!!!!

Paula Clare said...

OH E! You're at it again! I absolutely LOVE Penny Rugs and Penny runners! It is so cute and SO COMPLETELY the right colors! I MUST give it a try once the paper madness subsides a bit...

You are truly a gifted sew-er!

Hugs,
P

My Vintage Studio said...

Hi Elizabeth.
Your penny rug for the kitchen is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your pattern. I haven't made any felt items but may have to just do that in January.
Is it too late to join your block party? I would love to be included if possible.
Hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs, Sharon

T's Daily Treasures said...

This is absolutely adorable. I adore those little buildings with snow on top. Very, very cute indeed. My sewing skills are practically non-existent, but I want to try my hand at sewing, starting with a small project. Now that we are on winter break, maybe I can get to all the things I've been wanting to have a go at. Have a great weekend. Blessings, :) Tammy

She'sSewPretty said...

It is adorable! Where did you find the aqua felt?

Celestial Charms said...

This is simply fabulous. Such fine details. I love every inch of it. If I can find the time, I would love to try this. I'll keep my fingers crossed. If not this year, I will definitely make it for the next. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.
Maureen

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I love making penny rugs too...this one is adorable. Can't wait to tackle it!

barncat said...

So pretty! I love everything about it, the little houses, the reindeer, and the colors you chose! Beautiful!

vivian said...

wow! how freaken cute this is! I needed an idea for a couple last minute gifts.. but I'm not sure I have the time to make them! I Love it though! really really adorable!
hugs
vivian

Wyldhare said...

What a clever idea to use your cookie cutter this way! Your rug is priceless! Now I hope Santa gives me some free-time for Chrismas so I can work on some crafts like this!

Lallee said...

This is just fabulous! One confession--I LOLed when you said this was simple! Then again, you make everything look easy because you do it so well.

Jo said...

Thank you Elizabeth. I love it. I'm going to sit down straight away and make one.

Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Oh my, this is just too cute, Elizabeth! I love the colors! ♥

Twyla and Lindsey said...

This is SO adorable! I Love it! I love penny rugs and love this fresh aproach to an old craft. Thanks! Twyla

Pieceful Bits said...

You are 2 adorable E!!! Love your penny rug!

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Annette said...

Can you tell me where you got the aqua felt??? I've already spent almost $20 ordering felt online and the colors don't match.

Any help???

Love the penny rug!

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