I'm so pleased to be able to share
my tutorial for the Plaid Tongue Rug.
Affectionately known between Cee and me as the Tom Rug.
It was Tom Pryor's snippet of a penny rug photo that inspired me.
The lesson is...you can make any rug.
See it, be inspired, imagine it, and make your own version.
|Cut a piece of lightweight wool or flannel to about 26 inches square.|
Remember to use up and make do,
that's what penny rugs are about.
Fold in half twice to find the center lines.
Make a long running stitch both ways to mark your center.
|Blanket stitch each penny, start from the center row and work outwards.|
|Create a star at each center. |
Hide your back stitches inside,
between the penny and the backing.
I never make knots.
|Check your rows often to be sure they are even.|
|Enjoy the work, take your time.|
This was my summer project.
(explains why some photos are so bright)
|Check your inventory and lay out forty 4 inch x 2 inch rectangles|
|Start to work on the bias trim|
|Trim each 4 x 2 rectangle, using a 2" circle temple, at one end only.|
|Cut lots and lots of 1 1/2" bias strips. Did I say lots?|
Use a variety of plaids. I used approximately 15 yards.
You need about 9 inches per tongue and about 3.5 yards for the backside trim.
|Joining a bias strip|
|This is a 3/4" bias fold tip. Iron your strips into folds.|
|If you're lucky enough, use the Simplicity bias maker to do the ironing.|
|Pin right side of bias to tongue and machine stitch.|
Stitching in the fold, ease around the corner.
|Hand stitch the back side of the bias trim.|
|Lay out all your finished tongues.|
|Stack them up and set aside.|
|Masking tape the edges of your rug with 1" masking tape.|
I learned this great trick from my friend
Cee at Early Style Penny Rugs!
|Carefully trim away the excess|
|Now pin those tongues back in place. Right sides together.|
|Carefully machine stitch, following the corner tongue, |
pivot at each edge to turn the corner.
|That was easy. |
Trim away the excess base (red) fabric at each corner.
|Now you've pinned the right side of your bias tape to the tongues,|
run around the edge with your sewing machine.
Stitching the bias tape, following the fold line.
Do a happy dance, you are almost done!
|Can you see the folded beginning end, underneath the presser foot, |
as I finish and meet up with the beginning of the bias tape.
Overlapping for a neat ending.
|Turn out to show the beautiful right side|
|Fold and pin the bias tape over at the back.|
|Blind stitch the bias tape in place to finish.|
|The back of the Plaid Tongue Rug|
Now challenge yourself, make your own version.
It doesn't have to have bound tongues, blanket stitch them instead.
The pennies don't have to be in straight rows,
Dream it, stitch it!
Check my YouTube Channel for the video version.