Yesterday I asked you to guess what I was making with a jelly roll of fabric and some strips of batting/wadding.
For the uninitiated a jelly roll is approximately 42 x 2.5 inch strips of fabric, usually from a coordinated range, cut across the width of the fabric and rolled up into a pleasing shape like this.
Now, three of these jelly rolls remain in my stash and, as I literally have no more room in our house for any more quilts (or crocheted/knitted blankets) and all the people I love enough to toil for hours over a new quilt already have one, when I saw a project that used a jelly roll and some batting (also in my stash), I knew it had to be done.
As two of you guessed and a couple more might have suspected the project is indeed a jelly roll rug and as I have not yet filled my house with rugs I thought I’d give it a go.
So, first step is to join the strips of fabric. I did this with a diagonal seam as I think it is more discreet than a straight join. Then I lay the batting strips on the fabric strips, folded the long edges into the middle and then fold again. I held my somewhat bulky strips with wonder clips as I fed them into my machine which I had furnished with a walking foot and a denim needle. Then I sewed up the long, long, long (did I say it was long) edge with a narrow seam. Some people sew up the centre of the strip but I don’t want more thread than necessary showing on the finished rug.
I let the emerging long fabric snake fall into coils into a wire basket behind my machine like so –
– in the probably vain hope that it will be easier to feed back into the machine when the time comes to join them all together in a big, squidgy oval shape.
I’m not actually using a pattern but have watched numerous YouTube videos on how to put one of these together so I’m hoping I’ll be fine.
One tip I learnt was to use an extension table on your sewing machine so that, as the rug grows, it will lay flat because not laying flat appears to be one of the pitfalls of these rugs. I haven’t got an extension table so I built up the level around my machine with a variety of filing boxes and files.
So, many fabric strips later, I have a nice curled snake in the basket.
Ready for the next stage which I will attempt tomorrow (or maybe Friday)
I’m afraid the KAL (knit along) blanket I’m supposed to be doing has met with some delay 🙄
Still, like I said, I don’t need another blanket.