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 will we cover?

In this workshop, you’ll use yours strips to create a rug, a runner or possibly a set of placemats.


If you’re making a runner or placemats, you’ll begin by cutting the strips down to the desired length. (A rug will use the full length of the strips of fabric.)


We’ll then show you how to position your strips for a pleasing design, how to work with wadding, and the sewing techniques required to stitch it all into a soft but long-lasting item. 


How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught in our lovely studio by a friendly and experienced tutor, through demonstration and guidance as you work. 


You’ll also be able to ask questions, making sure everything is clear and that you’re getting the best results you can. 


Do I need any previous experience or skills?

Although this project doesn’t require any special skills, you do need to be able to use a sewing machine.  You’ll learn everything else you need to know during the workshop. 



Are materials provided? Is there anything I need to source myself?

You’ll need to bring a selection of materials:

  • Fabric – 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. One jelly roll will make a runner, 2 bath mats or 4 placemats. You can, if you wish, cut your own fabric into 2 ½” strips. This is best done using a rotary cutter and ruler, and will need to be done ahead of the workshop. 


  • Matching or contrasting thread – this project uses a lot so please bring a least two reels of 500 yrd.


  • Wadding – either Bosal Katahdin 100% cotton summer 3oz batting on a roll (you will need two rolls for the full size rug) or one large piece of lightweight wadding (such as Hobbs Heirloom summer weight) that can be cut down to size.


  • Sewing machine – we can supply a sewing machine and basic tools, but do feel free to bring your own. This is a great opportunity to become more comfortable with your own equipment. We would recommend bringing a walking foot to help with this project.


What will I take home with me?

Your gorgeous, colourful handmade rug, runner or set of placemats.



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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