Woven Jelly Roll Rug



Hello! This is Jera {quiltingintherain.com} bringing you this fun weekend rug project that requires just 1 jelly roll. Make a free rug for yourself by checking out my blog for a jelly roll giveaway! I used the collection ‘Wild Rose’ by Blackbird Designs. It makes a beautiful rug to display in your sewing room or to put by the fireplace. Seven simple steps below! Oh, and there's a surprise bonus picture at the bottom of the tutorial ;-p

  • 1 Jelly Roll
  • *Non-slip liner for drawers, enough to cover 20”x30”
  • Scrap backing fabric, measuring 20”x30”
*Originally I tried using non-slip rug padding but it was too thick to sew through. The non-slip drawer lining is much thinner and works better.



Step 1 – From your jelly roll, choose 28 strips and do the following:






  • Take 12 jelly roll strips (44" long). Cut each in half so you have a total of 24 strips that are 22" long each. Trim each so they measure 20” long. You will have a total of (24) 20” long strips.








  • Take 16 jelly roll strips. Trim each so they measure 30” long. You will have a total of (16) 30” long strips. Press all of the above strips in half lengthwise, and then stitch a ¼” seam as shown below.






  • Step 2 – Cut the backing fabric.

    From your scrap fabric, cut a 20”x30” rectangle. I used a semi-thick fabric.



    Step 3 – Place the 30” long strips along the length of the backing fabric and pin at the ends. Sew a ¼” seam to keep in place. Continue until you’ve attached all 16 strips.




    Step 4 – Take your 20” long strips and weave along the width, over and under the 30” long strips you attached in the previous step. Pin as you weave them to keep them in place.



    For each strip, sew a zig-zag stitch to secure the weave. I pinned and sewed 3 strips at a time.




    Step 5 – After you’ve finished weaving in all of the 20” strips and sewing zig-zag stitches along the width of the rug, go back and sew zig-zag stitch along the length as well. Trim off excess strips that hang over the 20”x30” backing.



    Step 6 – From your non-slip liner, cut a 20”x30” rectangle and pin to the back of your rug to keep in place.



    Step 7 – Lastly, bind the rug using leftover jelly roll strips as described in Oda May's Binding with a Jelly Roll tutorial.



    One fabulous 20"x30" rug!

    Bonus picture!


    My dog Paige has grown very fond of the woven jelly roll rug. :)

    Don't forget to check out my blog for a chance to win a jelly roll!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Jera Brandvig,
    {QuiltingInTheRain.com}

    102 comments:

    Simone de Klerk said...

    What a great idea! Thank you so much. I think my dog would love it too (o:

    Quiltjane said...

    Thank you for sharing this project. I will make one tomorrow. Love it!

    Debbie said...

    What a great tutorial! I'm moving and finally going to have my own sewing room! This will be the first thing I make (hopefully I'll win you're jelly roll, LOL)

    VickiT said...

    What an awesome looking rug. Love this and I'm betting my cat would love this as much as your dog. Thanks.

    FabricandFlowers said...

    I've been looking for a rug idea other than the crochet rag rug. Love this one!

    Monique said...

    What a beautiful and lovely idea! Thank you very much for sharing.

    Peach Rainbow said...

    It's amazingly beautiful - Love it!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Becca Quilts said...

    Such a cute idea :-)

    Jenny said...

    neat project!

    deborah said...

    Genius idea! I'll be making one of these for sure!

    Rose-Marie said...

    Fun idea!

    Just a heads up on washing...drawer liner does fine in the washing machine on a gentle cycle, but NO HOT DRYERS!!! Don't ask me how I know.

    Sewhappy said...

    Thank you foe such a great tutorial. I really need one of these and it looks like it will be fun to make, I will get my daughter to help me, I may make a few of these.

    Thimbleanna said...

    Wow -- this is great! I've been needing a little odd shaped rug -- thanks for the great idea!

    Cindy said...

    I do believe I will be making this VERY soon. I just love the simplicity of it - but also it's usefulness.

    Thanks so much.

    Megan said...

    Oh--I Love it!! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a wonderful project for spring.

    Brynwood Needleworks said...

    Wonderful!
    Can't wait to try one of my own.
    Thanks for the great tute.
    xoxo
    Donna

    The Sewing Loft said...

    Great idea and I love the rug. Thanks for sharing!

    Barb

    KaHolly said...

    Now, THAT's thinking out of the box! Great idea, great tute! ~karen

    AMKreations said...

    That's a great idea! I love how it came together.

    Jenny said...

    Wow, that is simply awesome!! I will have to try this one out - great for jelly rolls and even I could probably manage to put together this one.
    :-D

    random thoughts do or di said...

    what a cute idea Thanks for sharing.

    Shannon said...

    This is the most unique and beautiful project that I've seen in a long time. Thank you!

    Milk & Cookie Party said...

    My daughter and I are so excited about this tutorial! We are going to try it as soon as the ice melts and we can buy a jelly roll. I have a feeling that this will make some great gifts for grandparents. Thanks for sharing

    jabeybaby said...

    I love this rug! I need a new rug for my bedroom and I think this one will definitely fit the bill! Thanks for sharing it!

    Elsa said...

    oh, this makes me so happy! I've been wanting to make a rug for the kitchen but couldn't find a pattern I really like. And here it is. Thanks so very much for sharing it!

    Mimi said...

    I love this!! But! My dog on it is okay... dirty boots? No way! Thanks for sharing this tutorial - it's perfect!!

    missavene said...

    Way to go Jera! I saw your post about this on your blog a while ago. Just last night, I was thinking "I wonder when it will be up on MBS?" It's great! Thanks for sharing.

    Trisha said...

    Very cool! I love the look of it!

    Jennifer said...

    Almost too beautiful to walk on, and a nice easy project!

    Lee Ann said...

    this is really cute! I could use this with leftover jelly roll scraps!

    BillieBee (billiemick) said...

    I just loveeee this!!

    Thanks,

    Billie

    Michele said...

    I love it!

    Tiffany said...

    So pretty! I cant quite convince myself to make something that I will step one out of a lovely jelly roll... but maybe one day when I realize that the fabric I have stashed together for 50 quilts should be utilized in other ways haha. Regardless, this is BEAUTIFUL and I love the idea!

    quiltchick1 said...

    It's really cute, but I don't think I can walk on that beautiful fabric

    Lisa said...

    Great idea, I'm thinking this would be a great stash-reducer too. Thank you!

    gsmetham said...

    what a lovely idea! that is such a cute rug. Hope I win the jelly roll! thank you for the tutorial.

    Katherine said...

    How creative! I love it!

    Katy said...

    ooooooh, very nice! This might be quick enough for me to actually make it, what with my short attention span lately. :)

    Melissa said...

    Such a beautiful rug- but it is much too cute for my often snow laden entry- I think it will go perfectly in my bathroom though! Thanks for sharing!

    my happy bluebird said...

    This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I have been wanting to make a rug but couldn't figure out what to use for the backing.

    EFT Therapy said...

    This is a good project for me to start! That's very nice of you. Thanks for sharing it to us.

    Jeni said...

    I would love to have a beautiful rug like this. Now I need to find a jelly roll! Thank you for sharing such a NEAT project.

    Crystal Hendrix said...

    A very unique and awesome project! I want to make one!

    staci said...

    I love your rug!!! I've been intrigued by the weaving technique and you have made it very simple to do . . . I think I may do something like this for my daughter's room. Thanks for the post!!!!

    Mama Pea said...

    Great idea!!!

    Susan said...

    What a lovely idea. Thank you for sharing! Looks like a good spring break craft. By the way, your little dog is adorable. Corgi? I think my pets would like the rug. Toby the cat is always getting on my sewing table. The dog, Wally, likes to be in the sewing room, too.

    momawake said...

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Tellico said...

    Can't wait to make one!

    Jennifer said...

    Great project - I inherited a bunch of jelly rolls and have been looking for ideas to make with them - this is going on my list!

    Carla Smith said...

    This is so awesome.I will be making this soon thanks for sharing

    -girl from the bush said...

    Hi, what a terrific idea! I think i will make one for my sewing room .Thanks for sharing. sue~n.z.

    Pokey said...

    It's so very cute, and do-able, too! Thank you, Jera!

    Leah B said...

    I have a little corgi too. I am definintely going to make this rug!!

    Gina C said...

    So when you hand sew the binding onto the back of the rug, you're actually sewing into the rubberized drawer liner? Not a problem?

    Mimi and Tilly said...

    Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing. xx

    Quilting In The Rain said...

    Thank you all for your kind comments!

    To Gina C: Yes, you are correct. You blind stitch to the rubber backing. Not a problem at all; just use a good needle. The rubber drawer lining really isn't that thick. Thanks!

    -jera :)

    Bettina763 said...

    can't wait to do this...i have a box of 2.5" strips ready to go....woo-hoo!!

    RuthUK said...

    Thanks for this amazing pattern Jera. It's a long time since I've found something I want to make RIGHT NOW!! I've ordered a jelly roll and can't wait to start. RuthUK

    noolygirl said...

    i love it! this is so doable!!!!

    Katie said...

    Beautiful fabrics and such a darling idea ~ thanks for sharing it!

    Kristin said...

    I LOVE this rug! What a super cute idea. I am thinking that I might just alter it into a little carpet bag. SO much fun!! Thanks

    blueadt said...

    Thanks for such a cute pattern.

    I'm starting one tonight but am using 'upcycled' upholstery weight fabrics. We have 5 pets that all like to sleep in front of our Wood Burning Stove so it seemed sensible to use a heavier, durable fabric.

    Quilting In The Rain said...

    Thanks everyone! I'd LOVE to see how your rug turns out if any of you make one. :)
    -Jera
    QuiltingInTheRain@gmail.com

    chookychick said...

    Just thinking how lovely this rug is, and then realised its with the wild rose jelly roll, which I am currently sewing into a quilt! Its a great idea and would be lovely in bold colours for a childs room.... or knowing my daughter in pinks! Thanks.

    MKelly said...

    I just finished my very own woven rug, thank you so much for sharing the idea! It looks great on my porch, and it was super fun to make. Also, thanks for all your wonderful projects, I just love reading your blog :)

    QuiltE said...

    For the rubber backing ... are you only securing it with the basting around the edges? and nothing in the middle?

    I think this will be a perfect rug to make for my bathroom! Thanks for the idea and great tutorial.

    Quilting In The Rain said...

    To QuiltE: Thanks for your question! Yes, the rubber backing is only secured via the binding around the edges, with nothing in the middle. Hope this helps. Thanks again!
    -Jera at quiltingintherain.com

    Wendy said...

    I made this rug and it was fast and easy - I used a random collection of 2.5" strips and not a jelly roll so it wasn't quite as coordinated as the lovely one in the picture, but I like it anyway. I didn't cut the longer strips, so my rug was 20 x 40ish and was the perfect rug for my narrow 1/2 bath. Thanks so much for a great project idea!

    suemac said...

    I just finished one of these and it turned out great. I did make some changes: I didn't stitch the strips lengthwise before weaving them; it wasn't necessary if you iron them well. I zigzagged the crosswise strips as I added them (about 3 at a time as recommended), but when I was done weaving the rug, I only stitched every other lengthwise seam. Then I layered the rug on my backing (I used non-skid rug liner - no problems sewing through it with a walking foot) and stitched the remaining crosswise seams through both layers. I felt like that would hold the backing down better than just using the binding. A friend who is trying the recipe as well suggested ironing the strips so the seam is at the back (edges meet down the center back of the strip) rather than in half; this eliminates the raw edges and should make the rug more durable. Great pattern, thanks!

    Valley Quilter said...

    I am so going to try this. Already have the jelly roll picked out. Looks like so much fun.

    Unknown said...

    I love this rug!! I want to make one but I just found your blog and have a question...what is a jelly roll?

    Moda Fabrics said...

    A jelly roll is a coordinated set of 2.5" x 44" fabric strips. You can find them at quilt shops.

    vonda said...

    I love your tutorial. I am going to try on a smaller scale and make potholders for Christmas. Thank you for taking the time and sharing.

    ndlz said...

    Thank you for this tutorial. I will make this woven rug. You've inspired!

    ndlz said...

    Thank you, you've inspired! I will make this woven rug.

    The Orchards said...

    Would this work to make a baby quilt as well?also how thick are the strips?

    Sherry said...

    Love this! I'm heading out tonight to a Pinterest Party and this is what I will be working on for my new house.

    Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

    I would think this would make an awesome lap blanket or baby blanket if made using flannel strips. I wonder if it would be possible to iron them so that the cut edge won't be seen and then no stiching down the length either before weaving. I'm not a sewer, but I hink even I might be able to make this! :-) So cute!

    CardsbyJo said...

    How did I miss this a year ago! Love the idea. Thanks!

    Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

    This is SO beautiful! I think it would be a great idea for a baby quilt!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

    Griselda said...

    Great idea and I love the rug.

    Dana said...

    I am getting ready to make mine.... Now ! Very nice looking rugs.

    Cynthia Davis said...

    this is fantastic instructions. I have done one similar. You can adjust if you want to make a quilt you can adjust the size and put a fabric backing. keep making square to desired size joining each of them and it's beautiful also.

    Unknown said...

    I just finished this, and my daughters think it is too beautiful to use as a rug! I am putting the rug in the family gift exchange, and am sure it will be a popular item.

    WPBMOMMY1 said...

    What a beautiful rug! I'm sure my cat will love it as she always lays on anything I happen to be working on! I'm going to look for nautical prints to match my family room. I'm actually thinking that if my rug comes out really nice I may attempt to make a runner. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Aly V said...

    It is very beautiful! Great idea. I feel dumb asking (especially since I scrolled through all the comments to see if anyone else asked), but when you sew the strips the long way are you sewing WRONG sides together? I think the answer is yes. At first glance, I couldn't tell. I think because your colors are so soft and muted. I need to read the directions again maybe. Anyway, I see this is an old post so I understand if you never answer.

    Amanda said...

    Well I finished one of these this weekend, had planned on two but didn't realize how long it would take me! Still have the strips for the second so I'll get to it I'm sure. Also I cut strips from yardage rather using jelly roll so partially my own fault. I'm very happy with how it turned out and it was worth the time and pinning pinning pinning. I did sew the rubber mat to the backing before binding it to make sure it was nice and flat. If I do a second I may even put the rubber back on before I run some of the zig zags through it so it stays flat to the back of the rug. Great project!

    Robynhood32 said...

    I am confused on step one it says they need to be 30" long but then you say to fold in half. If I did that they would only be 15". And how wide should the pre-cut strips be? they make several different sizes. Thank you.
    :)

    Beth Parker said...

    I love how this turned out. It's beautiful.

    Joyce said...

    Dear Robynhood
    By now you may have found out how to fold the strips. They are to be folded lengthwise....."long ways". This will give you a long-30"-narrower strip. I hope this helps you.

    grammakim04 said...

    This is fabulous, thank you.

    CilB said...

    I just love this idea! I'm going to make one for my granddaughters room. Has anyone washed theirs yet? Does it wash week with the raw edges exposed? Thanks for sharing and any other info.

    iluminameluna said...

    I LOVE this way of creating fabric, not just a rug! I'm thinking that if I cut thrift store sheets (flannel) I could turn them into pillowcases or, as someone suggested, a baby blanket. I crochet so I can envision adding a crochet thread edging ... To the person who asked if the seams could be hidden, and/or sewn on the inside, I think you can do both. It would probably give the finished item a more polished look, I think. Just my 2 vents' worth!

    Valinda Proffitt said...

    Why do you only 1/4" seam the 30" strips and not the 20" strips????

    Melissa Sulista said...

    Valinda, I reread the instructions and it says to press and sew the 1/4" seam on "all of the above strips" which includes the 20" strips. I was confused too.... lol

    Simplesmente Silvinha (Simply Silvia) said...

    Good morning your blog is wonderful , congratulations
    Look at this pictures are so fun. Enjoyed

    Make a great and happy wednesday

    Bea Clancy said...

    what do they mean by Jelly Roll...?

    Bea Clancy said...

    what are jelly rolls?

    Mar said...

    WHAT IS A JELLY ROLL??? Apparently I am not the only one asking this question!

    Lori Linscott said...

    Strips of fabric. They're rolled up and sold as a group of strips. Most fabric stores sell them. I don't know how many strips are in a roll or if they're all the same size. I've not bought any yet but this looks like a little project to give me the opportunity to check them out a little more closely.

    Darlene Luker said...

    I can see all kinds of possibilities with this technique...candle mats...table runners..you wouldn't have to use the rug backing for those....the possibilities are endless...thank you!

    Debra A. Pike said...

    I love this but what is a jelly roll according to the instructions please?