Making a Jelly Roll Rug for my Quilt Room

Hi everyone,

This weekend, I made my first ever Jelly Roll Rug using the pattern by RJ Designs. What is a jelly roll rug? It’s a rug that you make using 2.5-inch strips of fabric and batting. This rug is similar to the braided or crocheted types of rugs that quilters and sewists have made for a long time, but updated to use modern materials.

You might notice that not all fabric manufacturers label their 2.5-inch pre-cut fabric strips as jelly rolls. Moda Fabrics uses the term “jelly rolls,” but other manufacturers might call a similar product design rolls, strip sets, or other names.

If you don’t want to purchase 2.5-inch pre-cut rolls, you can always make your own strip sets from yardage.

The batting strips are similar. You can buy pre-cut 2.5″ batting strips by Bosal called Katahdin On-A-Roll in either 25 yard or 50 yard rolls or you can cut your own from batting leftovers.

I used HomeMade Design Roll for my rug. This is an adorable new line of fabric using bright colors and features items that quilters use every day. I thought it would be the perfect collection to use to make a rug for my quilting room. I had purchased 2 rolls of Katahdin back in 2018, but I was waiting for the just the right fabric collection to come along and Tula really delivered!

This pattern takes a ton of bobbin thread! I pre-wound 5 bobbins, but I needed about 7 total. For me, it took the longest to create the fabric “rope,” which is the 2.5-inch fabric and batting strips folded and stitched together. I’d guess that this step took almost 4 hours.

Here’s a look at my jelly roll rug coil. Doesn’t it look fun?

Once I had my jelly roll rug coil finished, I started sewing it to form the rug on my Bernina. I used my widest zigzag stitch, and started going round-and-round.

Look at my rug growing under my needle!

My jelly roll rug is growing!

It took another 2 hours or so to stitch my rug together. I’m planning on taking some pictures of it today in the afternoon sunshine. Come back tomorrow where I will reveal my completed jelly roll rug!

You can purchase all the supplies to make a rug from your local quilt shop or from the Fat Quarter Shop. I get a small percentage of sales from this link to help me with the costs of this blog.

Happy sewing!

~Jen

2 thoughts on “Making a Jelly Roll Rug for my Quilt Room

  1. Love your’s, it’s so colorful. Did you have any wave issues as you were sewing it together? I have been making four of these too!! I watched lots of video’s on them and one gal said if you have the more expensive machines, they will be flat. I have a Bernina too, but all of mine have started to get waves in them. No idea why, I’ve tried to just let it feed through, making sure they go through evenly, or very slightly pulling the section I’m adding, which seemed to help at times. But if it didn’t I would remove the last couple rounds and sew it again, after steaming it then and again after a couple rounds to flatten it out. Other than having the wave issues, after I get them ironed flat and on the floor, I love them!

    • Hi Lolita! Thanks for your comment. No, my rug stayed pretty flat. I do have my Bernina sitting in a cabinet so the weight of the rug was well supported as I sewed. I briefly pressed the ends during the first couple of tight corners, but I didn’t starch or use steam.

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