National Sew A Jelly Roll Day is this Saturday – September 15th!  While SEW is in the name, we’re sharing a no-sewing Jelly Roll project – one you can do with your kids, or one you can take with you if you won’t be home.

A Jelly Roll Rag Wreath made with Christmas Figs by Fig Tree & Co.  One Jelly Roll! It really is portable – ask me how I know!

So how easy is it? The required and optional tools:

  • 1 – 12″ wire wreath form – available at shops that sell craft supplies for anywhere between $1.00 and $3.00 each
  • Rotary cutter – with or without a Pinking Blade
  • 1 Jelly Roll of your choice

The last one is the hardest – which Jelly Roll to use!  It could be holiday-themed for Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day!  Traditional or Modern, an Autumn-inspired collection or something bright will work.  As will a juvenile collection!

Instructions.  Unroll the Jelly Roll and give it a little bit of a pressing – it’ll make stacking and cutting a bit easier.  Stack four or five strips and trim the two ends – remove the selvages.  Cut the Jelly Roll strip into five pieces approximately 8.25″ long x 2.5″ wide – precision is not required!

Why the pinking blade?  I like the way it looks, it’s similar to the pinked edge of the Jelly Roll strip and while there is a bit of lint, there aren’t many loose threads.

Optional.  I found that I preferred a narrower strip so I cut the 8.25″ pieces lengthwise in the center to make strips that were 1.25″ wide.  And I had twice as many strips.

Tying the knots.  With the top-front of the wreath up, loop one strip around two rings and tie a knot.  It’s that simple.

Alternating the knots.  There are four wire rings on the wreath.  The knots are tied on the outside-two-rings and inside-two rings, then alternated with the middle two rings.  On the curves, I added extra strips-knots on the outside rings to keep it full.

I also pushed – squished – the knots down to keep them tight and add to the number of strips used.  More strips = a fuller wreath.

When the wreath form is completely full and there isn’t space for even one more knot, it’s finished.  Take the wreath outside and shake it a bit to shake off any extra lint – there will be some.  Then “fluff” the wreath by adjusting the strips on the front.

Thread a piece of string, wire or a leftover strip through one of the metal brackets dividing the wreath – and holding it together – for a hanger.

If you’d like more information on making a Jelly Roll – or not – Rag Wreath, here are a few tutorials:

So which Jelly Roll should I use?  Overnight Delivery by Sweetwater?  Or White Christmas Metallic by Zen Chic?

I’ll share my finished wreath next week.

3 thoughts on “Jelly Roll Rag Wreath

  1. I absolutely love this. My two favorite things are wreaths and raggy quilts, so you are speaking my love language with a raggy wreath!

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