Folk lore attributes Wool Applique “penny rugs” to table rugs created with woolen fabrics using coins or pennies as the pattern template often seen on vintage pieces dating from the Civil War era. As with other folk art, everyday life design motifs are popular on original rugs. Designs were stitched with simple blanket stitch and other embroidery stitches and finished with a tongue shaped border.

Bird Brain Designs’ Wool Applique penny rug projects are created with a whimsical approach to this traditional folk art craft using 100% wool!

Bird Brain Designs offers you patterns plus Handy Fabric Packets and Kits to complete the project.  Designs include everyday plus Christmas, Easter and Halloween pillows, wall hangings, ornaments, pin cushions and other needlework necessities.

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Christmas Buddies Wool Pillow

Wool Applique Pillow featured in Holiday Crafts Magazine 2013.

From $2.99

Gorgeous Wool Applique Book

8 beautiful projects from pillows to a scissors case with embroidered wool felt appliqué.


Santa & Snowman Pin Cushions

A Pair of Plump and BIG Pin Cushions in Wool Applique. Use as sweet and petite pillows too!

From $10.00

Stitches to Savor

A celebration of Sue Spargo's designs for Applique with magnificent Embroidery.


Surprise Wool Squares

8 squares of a variety of 100% Wool Pieces pre-felted (8" square or slightly larger).


Surprise Wool Strips

6 strips of a variety of 100% Wool Pieces pre-felted (4" x 12" or longer).


Wool Applique Folk Art

Celebrate American heritage with 14 Wool Applique Projects.


Wool Applique the Piece O'Cake Way

12 projects mixing Wool with Cotton & Linen Applique.


Wool Fleece

Wool Fleece to stuff pillows and pin cushions.


Wool Scrap Bag

Half pound (9-10 oz) pack of 100% Wool Pieces.


American Flaglette Trio

Make it FLAG DAY Every Day!

$10.00 $6.00

Autumn Wool Bundle

6 delicious Fall shades of Fat 1/8th Wool.


Bee Hive Sampler Pin Cushion

Applique Wool Bee Hive Sampler Pin Cushion with 10 Embroidery Stitches and Beautiful 100% Wool.

From $8.00

Embroidery Stitches Pocket Guide

Handy Embroidery Stitches Guide to Tuck into Your Sewing Basket.


BOO Cat & Mouse Pin Cushion Set

A Unique Wool Appliqued Cat Pin Cushion Set.

From $9.00

Christmas Santa Pillow

A Jolly Wool Applique Santa With a Clever Dimensional Beard.

From $10.00

Grandma's Tomato Pin Cushion

Wool Applique Tomato Pin Cushion like Grandma's.

From $10.00

Harvest Time Wool Bundle

6 warm Autumn Harvest shades of Fat 1/8th Wool for Fall designs.


Lace Scroll Pin Cushion

A BIG Wool Applique Pin Cushion with Lots of Character.

$10.00 $4.00

Owl's Tree Scissors Case

Make a Cute Little Tree for Your Scissors to Live In

From $4.00

Pumpkin & Crow Pin Cushion Set

A Unique Woolen Appliqued Pumpkin pin cushion set.

From $9.00

Spring Trio

3 Wool Applique critters for spring and Easter.

Summer Bouquet Wool Bundle

6 bright Plaid shades of Fat 1/8th Wool for Flowers and Garden designs.


Top Hat Snowman Pillow

A Smiling Wool Applique Snowman with Jaunty Top Hat.

From $10.00

Winter Neutrals Wool Bundle

6 White to Black Neutral shades of Fat 1/8th Wool for Winter designs.


Freezer Paper Sheets

A large pack of 30 sheets of handy freezer paper (8 1/2" x 11" sheets).


Strawberry Emery

A Wool Applique Strawberry Emery with a traditional look.


Fabulous Applique Scissors

The Perfect Scissors for Wool & Cotton Applique.

From $19.00

Bouquet Table Runner

Make a beautiful Wool Appliqued runner 36" up to 42".

From $10.00

Eggs on Parade

Colorful Wool Appliqued Eggs March Across this Table Runner.

From $10.00

Easter Basket Mat

Fill a Wool Applique basket with decorated eggs for your table.

From $8.00

Falling Leaves Table Runner

Hand-Dyed Wool Adds Special Dimension to this Unique Wool Appliqued Table Decoration.

From $9.00

Harvest Bounty Table Runner

Honor Harvest and its Bounty in Wool Applique.

From $10.00

Snowman's Village Table Runner

Enjoy this Wool Applique Table Runner from Both Ends of the Table!

From $10.00

"and the Stockings Were Hung..." Table Runner

5 Colorful Stockings Make a Great Table Runner - Super as an Ornament Too!

From $10.00

Bewitched Halloween Wall Hanging

A "Beautiful" Wool Applique Gal for Halloween and Fall.

From $10.00

Folksie Santa and Star Hanging

A great Wool Applique Holiday Santa hanging from a Vintage Wooden Quill.

From $10.00

Penny Purse Pair

Two Wool Appliqued purses to use everyday.

From $4.00

Sewing Bee Pin Cushion

A Sweet Little Wool Applique Needlework Set Fun For You and For Gifts Too.

BIG FAT Strawberry Pin Cushion Set

A very BIG Wool Applique cushion with delicious wool colors.

From $6.00

BIG FAT Watermelon Pin Cushion Set

A whimsical Wool Applique needlework collection - perfect for summer.

From $6.00

BIG FAT Tomato Pin Cushion

HUGE Wool Appliqued Tomato Pin Cushion and Strawberry Emery like the old-time traditional set.

From $8.00

BIG FAT Pumpkin Pin Cushion Set

A lovely Wool Applique pumpkin, emery acorn and black crow for the fall season.

From $6.00


A super Wool Applique Autumn Acorn pin cushion set for Fall.

From $6.00

French Lavender Pin Cushion Set

An Elegant and Delicate Pin Cushion Set...Pin Cushion, Needle Keep and Emery.

From $10.00

Robin's Nest Pin Cushion

A sweet little Wool Appliqued nest filled with robin's eggs pin cushion.

From $10.00

BIG Flowers Pin Cushions

Three Wool Applique Pin cushions with Unique Flowers in Beautiful Shades of Wool.

From $10.00