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Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug


Doing handwork in the fall is one of my favorite things to do.  I like to have something to stitch while I am watching football games, and wool appliqué is one of the easiest to do.  Today I am going to show you a wool appliqué penny rug for use with a candle or a mat for a favorite Christmas item to display on a table.  I’ll give you the pattern today too, so you can download it for free.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Gather your wool felt and some embellishing beads along with floss to match colors.  I pulled a bunch of things from my stash, not sure what I wanted to use until I got the base done.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

The base is ecru with green trees and red ornaments.  Start by cutting out your base and elements, pinning into place. Alternate the trees with the ornaments. The little brown squares are the same size and serve as both the tree base and the ornament top. Center each one in the scallop, about 1/2-inch from the edge.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

I start by appliquéing the brown squares so I didn’t have to change thread color, removing the tree or ornament as I went and repinning as I did each square.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Appliqué the trees and ornaments.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, dig out all your seed beads in your stash, or get some at the local craft store.  We are going to use them to put lights and ornaments on the trees, and embellish the ornaments. I put bugle beads in gold at the base of the tree.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Clear and gold seed beads are added to the tree.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I added additional seed beads in green and red, placing them randomly.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

For the ornaments, I began with three gold seed beads in the center.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Then I added five gold bugle beads in a star pattern.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Do all the beading for all the trees and ornaments.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Next, using green floss, stitch a wavy line around the center, dipping down near the ornaments and going around the trees. I used three back stitches, then a lazy daisy stitch alternating sides to suggest holly.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Add red seed beads to look like holly berries, placing them at random intervals and alternating sides of the stitching.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Stitching and embellishing done.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

When the stitching is complete, I use scraps of iron-on fusible interfacing on the back. This adds more body and stability to the piece, and it locks down the threads for security. Plus it is a great way to use those tiny pieces left over from other projects.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Place the top piece on the backing wool and mark a line 1/2-inch from the edge in chalk.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Cut out the backing and appliqué the top to it. I use a shallow whip stitch, catching only the top part of the burgundy so no stitches show on the back. Here I tried it out to make sure I was happy with the 1/2-inch measurement. Yep, I like it.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

All stitched, it does well with a small candle too.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is the pdf with the pattern. – Christmas Wool Penny Rug Pattern

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Something is happening every day for 12 days.  Stay tuned for more Christmas in July fun. (2016)  Have fun!!


Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home


64 thoughts on “Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug

  1. They have so many wonderful items in their shop….but I think I would simply like one of every color of their DMC perle cotton in my stocking….I follow their blog now via email.

  2. I’m headed out to a bigbox craft store today to stock up on beads! I’m going to make your lovely little candle mat…thank you! I follow you via email. Blessings…and Merry Christmas in July!

  3. From the Primitive Gatherings Designs-Sew Pincushion-I love pin cushions & this design includes a vintage sewing machine (like the one I learned to sew on, oops showing my age), just too cute!

  4. I follow you on bloglovin!

  5. Oh dear, oh dear! I love this little candle mat & tho I do not need another hobby, it is a perfect size project to take on trips! Simple & beautiful. . . Trying to resist checking in in the primitive blog, but you know I’ll go there. Such a wonderful dilemma. . .

  6. I would love to find in my stocking the Jukie TL2010Q. I have a Juki on my quilting frame and love it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  7. I would love to find Christmas Gatherings mini charms in my Christmas stocking. You have inspired me to try wool applique. I have a friend that loves it.

    Crystal in Cedar City

  8. I follow you on Bloglovin

  9. I follow you via email.

    Crystal in Cedar City

  10. Oh what a beautiful site = I’ve been jonesing to try aurifil thread not at my local JoAnn’s & too busy/lazy to try online. Went to Primitive Gatherings blog, & there it was. Aha! The start of my Christmas list!. OR my wish list here!

  11. I’m never sure if I need to send in a separate post here, or if 2 comments in one = 2 entries, so will try both ways! I visit with you on From My Carolina Home online.

  12. I would love a Juki TL2010Q in my stocking!

  13. I follow you by Bloglovin.

  14. in my stocking, I want one of their block of the month kits, something new every time.

  15. Following your blog via email.

  16. I would love to find the “Quilts of Cumberland County” in my stocking.

  17. Thank you for the pattern and instructions. I am always grateful for some clear instructions. I would love to see the pattern of s is for Santa in my stocking.

  18. I follow you by email.

  19. Any of the bom kits would be welcome

  20. I follow you by email and enjoy your blog very much.

  21. I would Loooove to find the “Snowman Quilt” Kit in my Stocking!! What a cool Wallhanging for Winter!! 🙂
    Love your trees penny rug!!! Thank you for showing us how to make one! 🙂 Thank you too, for chance to win your Give-a-way as well 😀

  22. I also follow you thru Email & Bloglovin 🙂

  23. These are so cute!!! I used to make a lot of primitive style things like this with wool love doing it and someday will make a rug for the fireplace….of course I’ve been saying that for 14 years now 🙂

  24. I visit the primitive gathering shop blog regularly. My wildest dream is to find a Juki and every color of Valdani pearl cotton in my stocking. And I would enjoy using the Christmas wool bundle. Such beautiful reds.

  25. I follow you on Blogger. Thanks for the discount offer and the give-away.

  26. Such a beautiful site, thanks for the lead. I want to make some seasonal door hangings, and there’s an Always Welcome wool kit that would be for most of the year! Love your penny rug, that would make an adorable tree skirt for a table top tree.

    sharon in CO

  27. I would love the Frivols – #9 olive tin and fabric in my Christmas stocking.

  28. I follow you on Feedly.

  29. Following you on bloglovin!

  30. I think rug hooking would be fun to learn!

  31. I would love for the Home Sweet Home Redwork pattern to show up in my stocking.

  32. I have never done a penny rug, but always think they look so cute. Your tutorial is well written, thank you. I follow you by e-mail.

  33. Thank you for that tutorial – very easy to follow– really liked the new wool n needle iv fabric and already know what I want to use it for !!!

  34. From their extensive range, at Primitive Gatherings, Green Japanese prints would be a wonderful fabric to have, love that wave like moire taffeta in GRN #45, something that was so popular way back in the1960’s. And your tutorial, I don’t have felt here, but fabric that will fit in so well. Thanks for the tutorial, a wonderful mid’winter project for down here in New Zealand.

  35. I follow you on my blog, with Blogger.

  36. I follow you by email! I also follow you by blog lovin’!

  37. Good Morning Carole! Oh my goodness! I could spend hours upon hours dreaming in this shop; I do not know how I ever missed them before being such an avid follower of your blog and checking out all of your links. Yet, I will not miss it again…I signed up for the newsletter and the blog following and am going to make sure and figure out how to get the link on my blog also. They have some of the most awesome items to create and sew with fabrics or kits and well so much more. Of course, you know all of this that is why you are letting us in on this great site!

    One of the kits I would love to find in my stocking would be the Dresden Quilt Kit. It just really caught my attention. But I would love to also have my stocking over flowing with each and every one of the hand embroidery kits like the snowmen or the tea towels. Then I fell in love with their flannel fabric choices. I know I will be asking Santa to make a stop at their shop!

    Thank You for sharing this fun and delightful project! I will be creating a few of these for gifts this year. Actually in the next few days, I am pretty sick with a flu and need a lot of bed rest so great projects like this are fabulous! Already printed and will be choosing fabrics soon. Have a fantastic creative day!

  38. i love the water can table runner in the shop! Such nice items!!

  39. I follow your blog with bloglovn!

  40. The Daisy Garden Purse would be my choice

  41. I follow on email. Thank you for sharing your projects


  43. HELLO, I love the Home Sweet Home Redwork pattern! Thanks for sharing!

  44. Mill Book Series Circa 1889 Jelly Roll…So many things to love but i loved this jelly roll…

  45. i follow you on bloglovin……. niceeee….

  46. I would love to find the Brights #2 Wool Charms!

  47. I would like the Nature’s Offerings Book in my stocking. I could make many things year round from it.

  48. I follow you on email. I’m hopping back over to Primitive Gatherings to follow them too! Thank you for the giveaway and have a wonderful weekend!!

  49. I would love to win some valdani threads…beautiful,

  50. this is a very cute project !! I like that Valdani Perle Cotton over at Primitive Gatherings 🙂

  51. Peaceful and Hummingbirds would be my choice for my Christmas stocking. All of their items are beautiful. It is so hard to choose. Thanks for the giveaway and the picture tutorial.

  52. I followed the Primitive Gatherings blog.

  53. Would like to have some hand dyed wool. Beautiful! Love your candle mat.

  54. I absolutely love the My Sewing tote pattern 😍

  55. Lovely project! Thanks for sharing! Could you cram everything from PG into my stocking please? LOL

  56. I love their Pastel Woolens (love the Green!!)

  57. I follow you on Bloglovin (love your sweet Penny Rug!)

  58. This is something I think I could accomplish with my rather basic sewing skills. I’ve always liked the vintage penny rugs I see and it would be fun to do something for Christmas along those lines.

  59. You have really gone all out for these 12 days! I’ve loved all your posts. I do subscribe to your posts by e-mail.

  60. Thank you for the wool pattern. That’s a great design and I look forward to making it this fall. I am pretty sure I have enough white, but I’ll have to look for the dark red. As long as I’m wishing, I’d LOVE to have the Valdani 48 thread perle cotton pack! Thanks to Primitive Gatherings for the wool packet to give away.

  61. Carole I really think your table topper is so cute. I don’t have any of the things to make it but I did download the PDF to do at another time.
    I love the watering can table runner

  62. I follow you through email

  63. Nice penny rug. Thanks for the pattern!

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