Today’s “What can you make with a jelly roll?” project is a thread catcher using four strips from your jelly roll. I am still working with the same jelly roll as the other projects: Reunion Jelly Roll Sweetwater for Moda. Remember the point of this series is to see just how much you can make with a single jelly roll, other than a quilt.
First, pick four strips of fabric from your jelly roll that you’d like to use for your thread catcher.
Take strip one and cut two 16″ long pieces.
Take strip two and cut two 16″ pieces.
Sew the four strips together, alternating them, to create a single panel of fabric. Iron your seams and iron on a piece of fusible web.
Fold your panel up, matching strip seams:
Sew down the two sides, leaving the top open. Box your corners at 1 1/4″. With the right side out, fold the top of your bag to the inside creating a cuff… about 1/2″. Iron the cuff.
Repeat for your lining fabric, without the fusible web, and make sure the wrong side is out when folding the cuff. Fold the cuff to the outside this time.
Take your two remaining strips, the strips that match the lining, and sew those two strips, right sides together, down both long ends. Turn your tube right side out, iron, and sew about 1/4″ from each edge. Fold this in half and cut at the half mark, creating two hanging panels.
Take your remaining two strips, the ones that match the outside of the bag, and sew them, right sides together, down one long end. Do not open the pieces. Fold them in half, so that the short ends meet, and cut at the half mark. Iron your seams.
Next, sandwich your hanging panels between your pillow pieces, making sure the pillow pieces are right sides together. The hanging panels are long so I folded one end up and pinned so that I would not sew thru it accidentally.
Sew around your pillow pieces, leaving an opening at the end opposite the hanging panels. Clip your corners, turn right side out and iron. Your pillow piece should look like this:
I added a 1/4″ of rice to my pillow to weigh it down. I’m not 100% sure this was necessary but I did it anyway. Then I filled the pillow the rest of the way with batting. Either hand sew the opening closed, or if you despise hand sewing like I do, take it to your machine to sew the opening closed.
Put your lining inside the outer bag, wrong sides together. Pin around the front and the sides. Insert your hanging panels into the back side of your bag between the two layers and pin in place. Take the whole contraption to your machine and sew around the top edge.
You will not have any leftovers from the strips you choose for this project.
** side note: I did notice that because the table I sew on is wood that my thread catcher wanted to slide off the table. I’m thinking I need to maybe add a few dots of hot glue to the bottom of my pillow to make it non-slip. **
I’m going to continue to work with Reunion for this series, but remember you can find a bunch of different jelly rolls here.
Other projects in this series:
Project One: Jelly Roll Coin Purse
Project Two: Jelly Roll Reversible Tote/Purse
Project Four: Jelly Roll Eyeglasses Case
Project Five: Jelly Roll Camera Strap Cover
Project Six: Jelly Roll Car Insurance Keeper
So you don’t forget it!