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I had several ideas but I really liked the idea of making a vintage gumball machine. To me little pom poms just remind me of gumballs. So I sat down and drew it out. I decided after drawing it that I would make it a penny rug. I have been wanting to make one for a long time. Instead of wool I made mine with a rayon/felt blend. It’s a lot less expensive than wool.
I found out from my local quilt shop that if you rinse the rayon/felt blend with warm water to get the dyes out. Then don’t ring the water out but instead put it in the washer on the spin cycle. After that you can dry it just a little in the dyer and then lay it out to finish drying. (I hung mine.) You will have rayon/felt that feels more like wool. 🙂
I put a gumball at the opening/exiting and another at the bottom to look like they were falling out. Thought it would be cute but now not sure if I like it 100% but I do think it looks good.
I had never made pom poms before and the Clover pom pom makers are really fun to play with.
This was my first penny rug and I really had a lot of fun making it. There definitely will be more penny rugs in my future. 🙂
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