Penny Rug Harvest Table Runner
This table runner is fashioned after the penny rugs that were made in the 1800's. The term penny rug is used because they traced a penny to make the small circles. Although they were called rugs, they were never put on the floor. They were used as decorative table coverings. The designs are simple folk art shapes so anyone can do this. You just need a few simple patterns and a little imagination.
Felt for the base of the table runner
Felt in a variety of fall colors
Heat n Bond iron-on adhesive
Embroidery floss to match felt colors
ShapeCutter and Circles - 1 template
coin or small plastic lid
Paper to draw shape templates
Use two threads of floss for blanket stitching.
Thread three needles at one time when you split the floss. This will save time when you are blanket stitching.
Blanket stitch around the shapes as they are adhered to another shape. The stitching will be easier because you will not have to stitch through as many layers of felt.
a paper template with scalloped edges. Use
a large coin or plastic lid to create the scallop. Cut out the table runner base to the desired
length and width. The model
shown in the above picture was 14" wide x 92" long.
the ShapeCutter and the 1.5 inch circle template
to cut out the felt circles. Cut
the circles out with the paper adhesive side up. You will need a new blade and you will need
to set the cutter at a deeper setting than you would for fabric. You can cut out the circles by hand if you
do not have a Shapecutter.
the felt shapes on top of each block and iron them in place. Then
arrange the circles and the felt squares on the runner base. Iron
all the pieces in place.
stitch around all the shapes with coordinating embroidery floss.
5. Iron the blocks to the runner base and blanket stitch around the blocks. Blanket stitch around the outside edge of the entire runner.