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.
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:
- Moda Bake Shop – made with Honey Buns
- Knit, Scrap, Stitch – made with Jelly Roll strips – but cut a different size
- Quilting in the Rain – made with 6″ x 2.5″ strips cut from a Jelly Roll
- Simple Simon Co. – made with 1.5″ strips
I’ll share my finished wreath next week.