Jelly Roll Rug Squared

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Eager to try the latest sewing craze? Jelly-Roll Rugs are very popular now – and I had fun making mine!

I used the RJ Designs Jelly Roll Rug Squared Pattern to make mine.

My goal was to make a rug for the guest bathroom to complement the striped neutral-colored towels, artwork, and shower curtain. Although the rug can be made with one jelly roll – usually about forty 2-1/2″ strips – I made mine from twenty fabrics, using each one twice. As for batting, we were backordered on the popular, time-saving Bosal Batting Katahdin 100% Organic Cotton 2.5 in. x 25 yd roll of precut batting strips – so I cut forty 2-1/2″ strips from a twin-size batting.

My bad! I forgot to take a picture of the fabric and batting strips assembled together – it made quite a pile!

Once the fabric and batting were prepared, I sewed them – all according to the pattern instructions. I found Wonder Clips held everything in place well as I sewed. A walking foot and a sturdy Jeans needle were definitely a good idea!

Here are the fabric/batting strips ready to be…

organized and marked as suggested in the pattern. Normally, I would have laid out all twenty fabrics and then repeated them to scatter the fabrics in a pleasing scrappy manner – but I liked the pattern’s suggestion to have the sides mirror each other. I placed the same fabric on the outside edge that I planned to use for the binding on the ends.

Once I looked at the towels again, I decided to change the final arrangement. The strips on the right half are sewn together already. I found the zigzag stitch skipped stitches – even with a new Jeans needle on my Bernina – so I switched to the #4 serpentine stitch which takes several stitches in a zigzag pattern. For even stitches, it was important to let the strips feed evenly without pushing or pulling – and to catch them before they hit the wall and stitches backed up. Also, it helped to gently push the strips together while sewing – otherwise there may be gaps between the strips that could weaken the integrity of the rug.

The rug did not lay smooth at first…

but it was flat after a good spray with Mary Ellen’s Best Press and some pressing. A regular long ruler would work – as did my favorite 20-1/2″ square ruler. This is the step when it is important to check how straight the rows are because you can straighten them a bit when damp and pressing.

After adding binding on the short ends, I was pleased with final results – as was my son who uses this bathroom when home from college. I sprayed it front and back with Scotch-Guard and will do so after each time it is washed. I will get a rug gripper pad soon because it does slide a bit on the hard floor.

The striped rug complements the striped artwork, towels and shower curtain to make a striking guest bathroom.

Once my backordered Bosal Batting Katahdin 100% Organic Cotton 2.5 in. x 25 yd  batting strip rolls (it takes two) arrive, I am going to make the oval version from the RJ Designs Jelly Roll Rug Pattern. It will coordinate with the red and brown towels in the master bathroom.












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About Ann

Ann works in Customer Service here at CreateForLess, and has a passion for quilting. Ann has been an avid quilter for over 20 years and a quilt instructor, quilt designer and pattern writer for over 7 years. Ann's crafting interests include quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, crazy quilting, general sewing. Basically if it involves quilting...she loves it! Ann is blessed with a supportive husband and two great children (a college-age son and grown daughter) who tolerate appearing in public with her despite the inevitable thread on her clothes.

One thought on “Jelly Roll Rug Squared

  1. Ami

    Wow! Love this project, i have a woven rug in the kitchen that is falling apart. This would make a great replacement.
    Thank you for sharing this project.

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