Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Penny for your thoughts…

On Monday I told you I would show you how to make a fast, easy and PERFECT penny for a penny rug.

This is how I use to do it….

Iron ‘Heat and Bond’ or any other stabilizer onto the back of your wool felt…this just stabilizes it so that it won’t lose its shape with all your handling.(I don’t use freezer paper as it pulls the wool out of shape when you try to remove it - I had to throw away my wool pieces after using freezer paper…not good!)


Then I would spend hours drawing the circles onto the backing and cutting the circles out resulting in OK circles but not PERFECT circles.


About 2 years ago I was in Michael’s and saw this Sizzix Die Cutter on sale.  It was regularly $169.00 and it was on sale for $12!!!  Yes 12 dollars….they wanted to get rid of them because the new die cutter machines were in.  It gets better- I had a half price coupon and  YES, they took it!! I paid $6 for this machine!  Now I bought it because I was into Scrapbooking and thought it would be fun to be able to cut out shapes to jazz up the pages…So when I started cutting out pennies I thought, hmmm I wonder if my die cutter machine would work on felt….P1030533 P1030534

I put a piece of felt on the cutter (I still iron on Heat and Bond first) and got out my circle cutter….P1030535



Put the circle die on top of the wool…


Pulled the lever and…..


PRESTO- Perfect pennies… cool is this?  And in seconds, too! P1030541

I can also cut out all of this….perfectly! P1030542 P1030543 P1030544 P1030545 P1030546

Quick, easy and perfect pennies….every time.  I save all the scraps to make leaves, stems or whatever…. Check out a Michaels near you….you just never know what you will find on sale!

Give-Away Spotted!!  Cotton Coctails is giving away three gorgeous hand-made bags!  All you have to do is comment for one entry, blog about her for three more and link it back to her blog….and if you become a follower you get three more entries!  Hey, I did all this…I guess that means, I’ve got it in the bag….(get it!)


Aren’t the bags gorgeous!!  I honestly don’t know which one I like best….I guess I’ll let Cotton Cocktails decide for me!  :o)

Have a wild Wednesday and Happy Quilting!


  1. Now that's what I call a bargain.

  2. wow paulette. I love the way you used the cutter to make the pennies. they look great!

  3. That is a deal of the century. Love when that happens.
    I do it the hard way and none of mine match;)


  4. Can I shake hands with you so some of your luck will rub off on me please?! Well your cutter is great and all, but what I'm mega impressed with just now is your blanket-stitch! So neat, even, meticulous etc etc...aww! am I making you blush?

  5. brilliant stuff! the pennies are to die for! cool stuff. I bags the red one please, LOl. though they are all delightful.
    I too adore the blanket stitching.

  6. Now that is more than just a bargain!!
    I have thought about buying a die cutter...
    Your pennies look the blanket stitching ..
    Julia ♥

  7. What a bargain! I would love to have something like that but won't pay for it - I'm too cheap! But wouldn't it be interesting to get a group together to share it? Now there's an idea...

    Your penny rugs are just so charming...

  8. Six dollars! Wow! Much faster than cutting them all out by hand too!

  9. I love the idea of using the sissix machine to get perfect pennies..I don't have one but I know a couple of friends who do, I'll have to go do some sweet talking..hehehe!!
    Love Wendy x

  10. I wish I had a lot of wool do make a penny rug, it is so beautiful.

  11. That cutter is awesome. Great, another sewing thing I want! I love your applique bits with it too!