RJ Designs has done it again and come up with another way to make the Jelly Roll Rug, so that means we have another video walking you through the steps to do it!
The Colossal Round Rug & Jelly Roll Rug π contains instructions on how to make two sizes of round rugs. There is a 38-inch diameter version made from one 2 1/2-inch strip roll and a 54-inch diameter version made from two rolls.
First, if you’re thinking, I’ve already done one (or a bunch) of these, I don’t need the new pattern. I would think again. I worked with Roma Lambson to create the video for this project, and demonstrating how to start the center was one step I had to leave out.
Her instructions for the center are fabulous, work great and completely essential to getting an even circle rug. And I am usually really good at figuring out stuff like this on my own, but I would not have thought of her method to start the circle on my own. So if you love the rug, support the designer and us and buy the pattern.
Second, I would not attempt this rug with anything other than the pre-cut Bosal Katahdin On-A-Roll 100% Organic Cotton. The rolls of batting are super thin, which helps make your rug lie flat. I tried to do an oval rug with batting scraps just to see the difference and it was such a hot mess. I ended up having to rip out half of it to make it lie flat. You can watch it in this video.
Third, it is so important that you work on a surface that is level to your sewing machine for the round rug. That doesn’t mean you need a fancy table or expensive extension table. I stacked all of my craft books around my sewing machine and it worked great. My rug was perfectly flat without any ironing or spray starch.
Lastly, you have got to take it slow and clean your sewing machine often. I slowed my sewing machine down to half speed so I could slowly and deliberately watch over adding strips to the curves, carefully easing in just enough fabric to lie flat without any fuss.
All these tips are in today’s video. I hope you love it and give it a go. I honestly was pretty afraid I was going to end up with a giant bowl and have to scrap the entire video before I started. But by following all the tips in the video and in the pattern, this was by far my best rug yet, and 100% perfectly flat. So watch the video, get the supplies and start making!
- Colossal Round Rug & Jelly Roll Rug π: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/colossal-round-rug-by-rj-designs-available-for-pre-order/
- 1 Jelly Roll for the small version, 2 for the large: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product-category/fabric/pre-cuts-and-bundles/jelly-rolls/
- We used Ombre Stitches by QT Fabrics: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/ombre-sitches-2-1-2-strips-by-qt-fabrics/
- 50 yards of 2 1/2-inch wide strips of thin batting OR two rolls of Bosal Katahdin On-A-Roll 100% Organic Cotton for the small version, 100 yards or four rolls of Bosal Katahin On-A-Roll 100% Organic Cotton for the large version: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/jelly-roll-rug-batting-roll-bosal-katahdin-on-a-roll-2-1-2-x-25-yards/
- Size 14-18 Denim Sewing Machine Needle: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/schmetz-denim-jeans-machine-needle-size-14-90/
- 1 Large Spool of Aurifil Thread (at least 1200 yards) to blend or contrast with your fabrics for the small version, 2 Large Spools for the large version: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product-category/notions/thread/
- Sewing machine in good working order
- Walking foot: https://shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com/product/walking-foot-plaid-matcher-low-shank/