Are you looking for your next jelly roll quilt pattern? You’re in the right place! In this blog post, you’ll find a list of my favorite easy jelly roll quilt patterns. Whether you want to make a simple strip quilt, a jelly roll race quilt, or a more complicated design, you’ll find the perfect pattern in this list.
Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns
Quilting with jelly roll strips is a fun, easy way to get into quilting. In the list below, we’ve curated 25 easy jelly roll quilt patterns that are perfect for beginners – or anyone who’d like a quick quilting project.
You’ll find a wide variety of jelly roll quilts – from simple strip quilts to modern chevrons and traditional log cabins. The patterns are really quite versatile, and easy to adapt to your style. You can change the colors and adjust the size of the pattern as needed.
A jelly roll is a bundle of pre-cut fabric strips. Each strip measures 2 ½” wide by 42″ -45″ long, which is the width of a bolt of fabric. As the name implies, the strips are packaged in a rolled-up bundle, called a “jelly roll.”
Each jelly roll contains about 40 strips of cotton fabric in a variety of colors and prints. When you purchase a jelly roll, you not only save yourself hours of cutting time, but you’ll also automatically have a set of beautifully coordinating fabrics.
Other names for a jelly roll
The term “jelly roll” actually originated with Moda Fabrics. It’s probably the most common way that you’ll hear these 2 ½” strip bundles described. However, there are also other names for jelly rolls that other fabric companies use.
Other names include:
Design Roll – by Free Spirit
Roll Up – by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Rolie Polie – by Riley Blake
Strip Sets – by Island Batik
Bali Pops – Hoffman Fabrics
What is a jelly roll quilt?
A jelly roll quilt is simply a quilt that is made of pre-cut, 2 ½” jelly roll strips. Most jelly roll patterns tend to be fairly simple. They’re perfect for making quick, eye-catching quilts in your favorite color scheme. A jelly roll quilt is an ideal project for a beginner quilter.
Why You’ll Love Quilting with Jelly Rolls
Quilting with pre-cut jelly roll strips allows you to spend less time cutting your fabric, and more time sewing and piecing together your quilt top (the fun part!). Using jelly roll fabric is an excellent way to create quick, easy, and beautiful quilts, while still leaving plenty of room for creativity.
Because jelly roll fabric is already cut into strips, you’ll save tons of time in the preparation stages of making your quilt. Using a jelly roll, you may even be able to finish your quilt top in an afternoon!
Where to Buy Jelly Roll Fabric
Jelly roll fabric is available at nearly any fabric or craft store. Popular jelly roll fabric companies include Moda Fabrics, Riley Blake, Hoffman Fabrics, and more. You can find lots of choices from suppliers such as Fat Quarter Shop and Etsy.
How to Make Your Own Jelly Roll Strips
If you have extra fabric on hand, it’s also easy to make your own jelly roll strips. Making your own jelly roll strips is a perfect way to use up those smaller pieces of fabric that you still love.
To make your own jelly roll strips, simply cut your fabric into 2 ½” wide strips. If you have a full length of fabric, you can cut from selvage to selvage, or across the width of the fabric (WOF).
However, even if you don’t have 44″-long fabric, many of the patterns below allow you to use shorter pieces of 2 ½” wide fabric strips.
How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt
The basic steps of a jelly roll quilt are just like any other quilt. The difference is that the quilt top can often be pieced together very quickly since your fabric is mostly pre-cut.
Here are the basic steps for making a jelly roll quilt.
Choose your pattern. The patterns listed below will provide you with an excellent place to start!
Purchase your fabric. Search for a high-quality jelly roll fabric for your quilt top. Jelly rolls are made from cotton fabric.
Start piecing your quilt top. Lay out your jelly roll pieces as your pattern suggests, and then start sewing!
Assemble your quilt. Quilts are made up of three basic components. Layer your quilt top, your batting, and your backing fabric. (Think of it as a quilt sandwich!)
Quilt the layers together. Quilt through all of the layers of your sandwich using a walking foot or free-motion foot. Use straight lines, squiggly lines, or patterns to add character.
Trim and bind your quilt. Lastly, trim your top, batting, and backing layers so that they are even. Then, sew on your binding around the edges to finish off your quilt.
Now that you know all about jelly rolls and jelly roll quilts, let’s get to the patterns. Enjoy!
25 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns
Here are 25 free and easy jelly roll quilt patterns to get you started.
This tutorial walks you through each step of using the tube method to make your quilt blocks. You will be dealing with lots of bias (stretchy) edges as you make this quilt, but the result is a fun, multicolored design.
Using pre-cut, jelly roll fabric, you can stitch this quilt top up in an afternoon. Or, you can use up your leftover fabric by cutting your own strips 2 ½” wide. Once you have your strips ready, just start sewing and see what patterns your fabric makes!
This pattern is super versatile, because you can use either jelly roll strips OR fat quarters. Don’t be intimidated by the small squares. The designer uses the strip piecing method, which makes this quilt much faster and easier than it may initially look.
This quilt is perfect when you want to take a mental break and spend some time doing simple, repetitive piecing. You’ll use 20 printed jelly roll strips and 34 solid jelly roll strips for this pattern (don’t forget your backing and binding fabric, of course!).
This super quick quilt is reversible and allows you to actually quilt the fabric as you go! As an added bonus, you can also use up your leftover batting in this pattern by cutting it into 2 ¼” wide strips. If you don’t have extra batting lying around, you can purchase pre-cut batting strips instead.
Since you only need a small amount of each fabric for this quilt, it’s the perfect way to use up your fabric scraps. Organize your scraps by color to create a rainbow quilt like this one, or just use whatever colors and patterns you like best.
Stitch this quilt together quickly for a baby gift, or keep it for yourself! To make these triangles, you’ll first make square blocks out of your strips. Then, cut them on the diagonal and piece the triangles together with your solid fabric to form the quilt top.
A strip tube ruler helps in the making of this quilt. However, if you don’t have one, you can still make the quilt. There are video instructions linked in this pattern to show you how to use a regular square ruler for this lovely design.
Here’s another quilt that uses small jelly roll strips (again, perfect for using up those extras!). After your strips are sewn together, you’ll cut them at an angle to create this charming diagonal look.
This quilt comes together by creating jelly roll blocks and then alternating the direction of the blocks as you put your quilt together. If you’re looking to make a large quilt, this one’s finished size is a generous 72” x 78”. (However, you could totally use fewer jelly roll strips and make a 48” x 54” quilt with this pattern instead.)
If you’re a pianist (or know a pianist you’d like to gift with a quilt), this is the pattern for you! This vibrant quilt creates a stunning design. You can use jelly roll fabric or fat quarters for this pattern.
Sew to impress with this triangle quilt. Just don’t tell your friends that it’s not as complicated as it looks! These triangles are made by cutting basic angles with your ruler – no fancy tools required.
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