How to make your own jelly roll strips! UK EU US

by sew crafte

Jelly rolls are long, thin, strips of fabric which when sown together can be used to create backing pieces and can also be used to create bindings on quilts. Generally, jelly rolls are very versatile and can be used for all kinds of quilting projects.

Pre made jelly rolls can be expensive and may not exactly suit the quilting projects you want to do. This is why you can make your own jelly rolls instead to cut down on expenses, personalize the jelly rolls to your taste and also make good use of wraps of fabric lying around in your sewing room even though it is more convenient to buy fabric that is already cut into strips.

Note that your own jelly roll strips don't necessarily have to consist of 40 strips like the original one. Remember it's supposed to be personalized; do whatever works for you!

Here's an easy tutorial on how to make your own jelly roll strips.

What you need:

  1. Tailor's chalk
  2. Sewing pins
  3. Ruler
  4. Scissors
  5. Cutting mat
  6. Rotary cutter
  7. Fabric(with length of about 42" and a variable width size depending on the amount of strips you want to make)



  1. Wash and dry the fabric
  2. Starch and iron it flat. This allows to to easily cut your jelly rolls into even strips
  3. Place your fabric on your cutting mat and make sure all sides are straight and even
  4. Use your ruler and scissors or rotary cutter to cut off any excess fabric to make sure it is perfectly straight
  5. Measure 2.5" out with your ruler and mark it with tailor's chalk (you can also hold it with sewing pins if your fabric was folded)
  6. Measure another 2.5" and mark it with tailor's chalk
  7. Keep doing this till all your fabric is exhausted.
  8. Cut all the strips using the rotary cutter by pressing it on the fabric and carefully rolling the blade on the lines marked with the tailor's chalk
  9. Stack all the fabrics in a pile and start to curl it up from one end of the stack into a spiral.

There you go! Get creative, use different patterns and designs. You can even quilt scrap fabric together and then cut them into jelly rolls too. Just make sure it has the same dimensions