Jelly roll rug or runner

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A jelly roll is a collection of strips of fabric, usually 2.5″ x the full width of the fabric. Most commonly they are in curated selections rather from a fabric range or curated by a fabric shop which means that they will all coordinate beautifully.

In this workshop you will use a jelly roll to create a rug, or a longer runner, or possibly a set of placemats. One jelly roll will make a runner, 2 bath mats or 4 placemats.

This technique uses strips of fabric that are 2 1’2” wide, the length needed depends on what you would like to make. This makes it a great project for a jelly roll, though you could make the strips yourself from fabric you already have in your stash. This project does not require any special skills so is suitable for all skill levels as you will learn everything you need to know during the workshop.

To make a rug measuring approximately 20” x 35” you will need a full jelly roll, scaling down depending on what you want to make.




26 May 2021


9:30 am - 2:30 pm

What you will need

You will need to bring:

  • Fabric – either a jelly roll or a selection of co-ordinating fabric that is cut into 2 ½” strips. This is best done using a rotary cutter and ruler… if you don’t have these at home we can help you at the start of the session.
  • Matching or contrasting thread – this project uses a lot so please bring a least 2 reels of 500yrd
  • Wadding – either Bosal Katahdin 100% Cotton Summer 3oz Batting on a Roll (you will need 2 rolls for the full size rug) or one large piece of light weight wadding (such as Hobbs Heirloom summer weight) that can be cut down to size
  • Walking foot

We can supply a sewing machine and basic tools, but do feel free to bring your own. It is a great opportunity to become more comfortable with your own equipment.

Covid precautions

Whilst we continue to live with Covid where at all possible please bring your own sewing machine and sewing kit. Resources are available on-site if necessary. Please view our Covid-19 page for the latest guidance.


Drinks and biscuits will be available but we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you.


During all of our workshops photographs are taken for promotional purposes only. Please make us aware at the time of booking if you would prefer not to be included.

Vanessa Cordell


Vanessa Cordell

Having trained and worked as an accountant, Vanessa only took up sewing once her two daughters started school. She found real joy in creating things for others. As well as dressmaking, she loves patchwork and making things for the home. (Her husband thinks there are more than enough cushions already!) Vanessa is also becoming competent at crochet, thanks to Made and Making's Sarah Brangwyn. It's a hobby that she finds far easier to take on holiday than a sewing machine!

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