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Jelly Roll

unit of fabric

A jelly roll is a pre-cut bundle of fabric, available at any fabric or craft store. Jelly rolls vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but for the most part they’re composed of 42 strips of fabric, cut 2.5 inches by the width of fabric (usually 44-45 inches). These strips are so convenient for quilts because much of the cutting and fabric-matching work has already been done for you!

Jelly Roll Stats-

  • Size: 2.5″ wide x 44″ long
  • What to make: Quick quilts
  • Where to buy: Grab jelly rolls in the latest fabric lines at your local quilt shop or here on line.


A special Thank You to Moda Fabrics. for inventing this unit of fabric!

Click the pictures below to learn more ways to use jelly rolls in your sewing projects.

Jelly roll quilts are easy to make and stitch together in a flash. Here are a few of my favorite free patterns to help you stitch up a storm. The Sewing LoftIt is important to square a quilt before starting the preparation for long-arm and free motion stitching. Learn how to square any size quilt topper. The Sewing LoftSlice through your pre cut fabrics and jelly rolls with these 7 new quilt patterns.






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  1. I never bothered asking the fabric store I regularly go to for jelly rolls – I usually use my own scrap fabrics when making quilts. This is actually a nice idea especially when I don’t want to bother myself with these details if I need to make quilts.

  2. Amanda Rose says

    I’ve started sewing little dog quilts for charity so all tips on saving time appreciated.