Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop

It’s time! Thanks goes out to Mdm Sam of Sew We Quilt and Thearica of Pigtales and Quilts for putting together this hop.

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚


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. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks so much for stopping by! This has been a fun hop! Below is the list for today.


April 30

I Like To Quilt Blog

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Thimblemouse & Spouse

Cate`s Linens

Around the Homestead

Buzzing and Bumbling

les passions de Cliodana

Bumbleberry Stitches …That’s Me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sew We Quilt

52 thoughts on “Shake Your Pom Poms Blog Hop

  1. Thanks for the tips for the blended felt. Your gumball machine is wonderful – what a fun, creative use of poms.


  2. I'm looking for some pennies for that gumball machine……. oh we do not have pennies any more.. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ great penny rug :)in stitches


  3. What an original idea. Love it. Pompoms really do make good gumballs. Your penny rug turned out great.


  4. I love your bubble gum machine and congratulations too on being the most creative on this final day of the hop. Well done!


  5. No. It is wool felt otherwise known as a rayon/felt blend sold in quilt shops but not all quilt shops carry it. I don't believe regular felt would hold up under washing.


  6. Great tip on the rayon felt. Is that the regular felt squares sold in stores like JoAnn's? I have a bag of felt scraps that would be great for a project like this if I can achieve the wool felt feel.


  7. Great job! I love gumballs….rememebr when you got like 4-5 for a penny? Oh teh good ole days:) haha!!!!


  8. Gumballs! What a great idea and what a cute penny rug! Our first thoughts are often the best and the one thing we keep coming back to, right? Good tip about the rayon/felt as wool is pricey. I recently found out just how pricey on another project.


  9. Very creative and a wonderful job on your gumball machine….and putting it on a penny rug was just a wonderful idea. Great job and I hope you have a fun filled day….


  10. You did a wonderful job! When you mentioned gumball machine, I wondered how you would do it, but I think your rendition is just perfect!


  11. I LOVE it! How perfectly adorable! (I am glad to know that it is okay to use the rayon felt. I have been doing just that (washing it first to give it a more wooly look) and felt a little guilty about it. Now I know I'm not the only one!!!Congratulations on being the creative choice of the day! You are very deserving!


  12. I had to go look up what a penny rug was…ahhh…now I know. Great penny rug with the gumballs falling out (one usually does end up on the ground.)


  13. Love this. Especially the gumballs outside of the machine. I think you have done an amazing job. Thanks so much for sharing.


  14. what would you create if you were not struggling lol your bumble gum project is perfect….love it …in fact well you will see.


  15. 2 Thumbs up! Your gumball machine is adorable! Don't change a thing, it is awesome!


  16. Love your Gum ball penny rug! Thank you for sharing the information on the felt, very helpful.


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