I’ve been keeping an eye on the Jelly Roll Rug craz…thinking there is NO way I would commit to that…but once I learned that there were pre-cut batting rolls I decided they might be for me. NO way in the world I would take the time to cut strips of batting! So I ordered two jelly rolls and three rolls of the pre-cut batting from Stitchesngigles4u on Etsy…and waited. I didn’t have to wait long though, which is great for my impulsiveness! (Note, I had to order one additional batting roll to complete the second rug. One Jelly Roll to two batting rolls.)
This is Jelly Roll number one that I ordered. Home Sweet Home by Stacy Iest Hsu of Moda Fabrics. First, I suck at ordering Jelly Rolls. I just saw the pretty colors on the outside and didn’t realize it was “baby/nursery” themed fabric. Don’t get me wrong it was/is beautiful! And I DO love the colors…but the baby making factory here is way over! It is also over for my friends…so…what to do with it is now the question…
Sew all the strips in the roll together. I decided that I would leave them in order, as Moda is pretty rock star and coordinating colors. Much better than I am anyway…
After a good long while, I had a good long strip of strips…that then I had to trim apart because I chain pieced them. I also trimmed the triangular tabs from sewing them together at an angle. Final step here is to press the seams open.
I put the strip of strips right side down on my table and started lining up and rolling out the batting on the wrong side. I won’t reveal the secrets…that is what the pattern is for, but when this step is done…I had a long snake of soft, squishy strippiness.
Perhaps my favorite step…rolling my snaky thing into a ball! It’s like my yarn, knitting diva met my crafting and sewing diva! Isn’t it just so fun and pretty!!!! All rolled up like that!
Around and around and around we go! Where we stop, no body knows…wait…we stop ever couple of rows to press it flat. YES! Do this! Don’t skimp on this. AND, I learned from starting the roll that, wow, it can get ugly if you don’t fold and line that sucker up right. I was disappointed in the look for the found couple rounds, but as it grew in size, it grew on me. As I pressed it out it helped too. I guess what I am saying is hang in there on this step.
I added a table next to me to hold it up as it grew too. Super helpful! Seriously make sure you are catching both rounds of the snakey thing too. As a Jelly Roll Rug Virgin I missed in a couple of places and had to go back.
All said, it was $50 for the Jelly roll and two batting rolls. It took me about 6 hours to make the entire Jelly Roll Rug from start to finish. Head down and getting to it. Was it worth it?
You tell me?
If you want to purchase a completed Jelly Roll Rug from someone please consider the actual cost of the rug. These are not scrap rugs. They are expensive to make and take a lot of time. Even at $10 a hour, you should expect to pay over $115 for ONE rug.
BUT SERIOUSLY WORTH IT!
Still not sure where it will live or if it will be gifted. I do know it is super soft to stand on and makes the room just light up!!! I can’t wait to make the next one…but I will have to, because I have two more shirts and a dress cut out and in progress.
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