How to Make a Jelly Roll Rug
I’ve seen the beautiful and colorful pictures of jelly roll rugs, and wanted to try one for myself! I picked a bright jelly roll of Jen Kingwell fabrics, from her Beach Road line for Moda Fabrics. The colors are perfect for my home and fun for my first jelly roll rug.
I did a little research on the best way to make a jelly roll rug, and found some great tips and tricks. To start, you can cut batting into 2-1/2″ strips, or can you buy precut batting in rolls ready for the project. I choose to buy the batting. I’m glad I did a little quick math in the fabric shop on the total length of the jelly strips when they are sewn end to end and how much batting I’d need. It took almost two full batting rolls or about 50 yards of 2-1/2″ batting for the rug.
To start, sew the jelly roll pieces end to end to make one long piece of fabric that is 2-1/2″ wide. I did press the seams open on each seam – because I like to. It helps keep them flat when you are sewing the fabric around the batting.
Make sure to have a seam allowance big enough that the selvedge doesn’t show. Here is my pile of pressed fabrics ready to cover the batting!
I wasn’t exactly sure how the fabric enclosed the batting, but found this terrific video on You Tube. It really helped!
Once you start, the fabric and batting fold nicely, making a great relaxing and mindless sewing project! I did turn in the upper edge of the fabric when I started to finish off the top edge. Just lay the fabric under the batting, fold in both edges and sew down the middle to catch the edges inside. If you miss a little, it’s okay, as you’ll be zigzagging the edges to make the rug.
I saw lots of pictures of people with their big balls of the new ‘yarn’ or fabric covered batting. As I was sewing, my covered batting just lined up perfectly on the floor behind my sewing machine! Here is a picture of it all done – isn’t it pretty?
I picked up my fabric covered batting and moved it to my dining room table. I needed more space to now make the rug. Since it was in the order it came off my sewing machine, it didn’t tangle at all and just fed the process as I started round and round to make the rug.
I started with about 15″ of the fabric covered batting and made a big ‘U’. You need to really curve the ends, and smush it down. Set your machine to a big zig zag stitch, and have plenty of bobbins ready. I used 8 bobbins of thread for putting the rug together. Zig zag the fabric covered batting together. When you get to the end, start wrapping the corner to make the rug.
At the beginning, make sure to ease in a lot of the outside fabric as you round the corners so that the rug will lay flat. If you pull it up, it will curl a bit. To do this, lay the fabric very flat on your sewing surface and ease in until the outside edge can lay flat without curling.
Also, TIP: Make sure that you are adding the next round from inside your sewing machine arm, not on the outside. As the rug gets big it makes it much easier!
Keep sewing round and round until all of your strips are sewn into a rug! Just make sure everything is lying flat, or your rug won’t lay flat. That is really the only thing you need to worry about!
I love my new bright jelly roll rug!