A Simple Way To Cut Wool Pennies...

A "Penny" refers to a round circle of wool, 
traditionally cut using coins or a "Penny" as a template.
These circles were a wonderful way to use scraps of wool 
to "make something from nothing".

There are many different ways to cut Pennies...
For me, this is a quick, efficient method that yields 
wonderful and charming Wool Pennies, by the oodles, with little effort. ;)

Gather your supplies...

Wool and scissors

My supplies of choice ??

Juice can lid (from a frozen concentrate can), baby food jar lid 
and plenty of different sizes of coins.

Place a coin or lid of choice on your wool fabric.

Holding the coin in your hand, use a sharp scissors to cut around the coin.  

Nothing fancy can make very quick business of it !

After cutting out the Penny, lightly trim edges of Penny, as needed, to shape.

I love the slight variations that each Penny has, 
which add to it's traditional charm !

Pennies can be used in so many different ways...

Wool Penny Rug Mat

Christmas Stocking

Wool Crazy Quilt Pillow

Wool String Bag

Wool Strawberries

Wool Penny Table Runner


  1. Thank you for this info. I am new to wool and penny rugs. Beautiful wool in your photos also :)

  2. Good Morning Rose, So simple, but so very effective. I love the choice of colours for the wool crazy quilt cushion.
    Enjoy your day.
    Best Wishes

  3. That pile of pennies is so all those colors together! Thanks for the easy instructions!

  4. I've always used freezer paper ironed onto the wool - your way is O much faster and easier

  5. Got here through your newsletter, as I don't always have time to check all the blogs I follow. :) Great tip and great photos; I'm in love with wool and always enjoy your posts!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

  6. Love the wool strawberries - do you have a pattern. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog x

  7. Good afternoon...I came upon your site while doing a fun!
    I am a penny rug designer too- I can't think of anything else to do that relaxes me as much as cutting pennies out of wool and then seeing them on the main runner, fabric.

  8. Adorable! I always thing that everyone has this terribly involved way of doing things. I end up putting things off because I'm afraid of doing it wrong. I love how simple you get to it! All of your finished projects are so sweet and lovely. I am inspired!

  9. Thank you for this tutorial. I just ordered my first penny rug pattern and wool from your site and was wondering how you cut them...I love doing blanket stitching (a good tv time pastime for me) and so I will be slow stitching many evenings. Hugs, Julierose (a good change from my hexagon work!!)

  10. I used to do this too until my husband got me an circle cutter by Olfay. It is so easy to cut circle with this and it goes really fast. No more cutting uneven circles for me!

  11. Anonymous1/01/2024

    Love this sight! All the photos are breathtaking! I am working on a Christmas tree right now.