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 $2.00

Wool Scrap Bag

1 pound(16 Oz) pack of 100% Wool Pieces.

$18.00 $15.00

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 $7.00

BOO Cat & Mouse Pin Cushion Set

A Unique Wool Appliqued Cat Pin Cushion Set.

From $7.00

Christmas Santa Pillow

A Jolly Wool Applique Santa With a Clever Dimensional Beard.

From $8.00

Embroidery Stitches Pocket Guide

Handy Embroidery Stitches Guide to Tuck into Your Sewing Basket.


Grandma's Tomato Pin Cushion

Wool Applique Tomato Pin Cushion like Grandma's.

From $10.00

Lace Scroll Pin Cushion

A BIG Wool Applique Pin Cushion with Lots of Character.

$10.00 $4.00

Leaping Bunny Table Rug

A Wool Appliqued bunny leaping with spring joy.

$10.00 $4.00

Owl's Tree Scissors Case

Make a Cute Little Tree for Your Scissors to Live In

From $3.00