I am excited to share this free tutorial with you: How to Make a Jelly Roll Rug. It was just a matter of time really before I made a jelly roll rug. My Grandma had one in her kitchen, and I have always been fond of them. I tend to make things with a retro flare, but depending on your choice of fabrics, you can make a modern looking rug very easily. Making a jelly roll rug is fairly easy and one of those fantastic medium sized projects that can be accomplished over a weekend. Let’s do this!
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How to Make a Jelly Roll Rug
First things first – get your supplies! You don’t need much to make a jelly roll rug.
All you will need is:
- a jelly roll of fabric
- 50 yard roll of batting (I used Bosal 2.25” Katahdin on a roll)
- a LOT of thread
- binding clips
Prep about 7-10 bobbins, you’ll thank me later. You can most certainly use fabric and batting scraps as well, though it will just make for some extra steps to make your 2½” strips.
Sew all the strips (yes you read that right, ALL of the strips) together as you would sew binding. Once they’re all one mega strip, you’ll need to go back and trim the intersections to leave a ¼” seam allowance, followed by pressing the seam allowance open. Do this for the whole strip.
Fold and Sew
Now that your strip is ready, lay the batting strip on top of the wrong side of the fabric. Give your batting strip plenty of slack, as I accidentally tore mine by not doing so. Fold the raw edges towards the center of the strip, as if you were making double folded binding, and then fold again.
Once folded, your strip will look like a flattened tube, and you will sew the open side down approximately ⅛” in. I preferred to fold my strip into a tube and use my binding clips before I headed to the sewing machine, but if you prefer you can sew and fold as you go. Either way, you will need to make the entire strip of fabric into a tube.
This process alone took 3 full bobbins! The next part took 7 full bobbins, so get ’em ready friend! Set your machine to the widest zig-zag stitch it can do. I set my Babylock Crescendo to a 7mm wide and 1.4mm length. To start the rug, take approximately 18” and gently fold it over to create a curve on one end. Press the two portions of your tube together on the sides, and sew in between. Using my clear “J” foot was very helpful for this, as it has a middle notch to align with.
Find your Rhythm
Keep sewing around adding on your tube to the outside. You should not have any bulk under the throat of your sewing machine. If you do stop, and simply flip it over and continue.
To finish your jelly roll rug, you will take the tail end of your tube and smoosh (technical term) it into a taper against the rest of the rug. Sew back and forth to lock it in.
Two things I discovered while making mine: 1) You want to place the tube around the curves and not pull or stretch. Stretching will make the rug warp and curl upwards. 2) After every bobbin (and there were 10 in total!) I ironed the rug flat. I used the hottest setting and also steam. This really helped keep the rug flat as well.