Wednesday, 1 September 2010

J is for Jelly Roll

J is for Jelly Roll

Jelly rolls are a collection of quilting cotton materials which co-ordinate together. Jelly rolls are pre-cut pieces of materials which are 2.5 inches by 44 inches in stripes. The term Jelly Roll was invented and trademarked by Moda Fabrics.

You can also buy a pack called a charm pack which works in the same way as a Jelly roll pack but the quilting materials in those packs are 5 inch square pieces.

Jelly rolls are popular as the measurements are a pre-measured consistent size internationally so it makes it easy to mix and match from different shops sticking to your own colour scheme but keeping and buying the same measurements each time.

Jelly rolls are used for a very wide variety of things, people make patchwork quilts, smaller items like pin cushions some people just buy them as they use such small amounts of materials in their handmade goods they come in handy for a wide variety of uses.


1. Jelly roll material should not be washed in the washing machine due to the fabric only being 2.5 inches wide to start with so you will end up with smaller sized pieces if they unravel or fray. So make your item and then cool wash the item allowing for small shrinkage of the cottons.

2. If you want to wash your material before using it use small amount of washing powder in a bowl in luke warm water. Swish around the fabric gently using hands (would recommend wearing some plastic gloves) or small wooden spoon. Allow fabrics to soak for around 15 minutes and then drain out and wash again under running cold water to rinse washing powder out of materials. Squeeze out excess water and then allow to dry and iron flat again before use.

There are several sites which provide free Jelly roll patterns to help you decide what to make with your jelly roll including:

Book wise Pam and Nicky Lintott have jointly authored several books about making quilts with jelly rolls, you will find them here on the RU Craft website and you can find them on Amazon too.
If you have a good idea for a quilt using a jelly roll you can win the chance to feature in the next Pam & Nicky Lintott quilting book with the Jelly Roll Dream Challenge here:  

The Letter J was brought to you by Amanda from Handmade By Button which offers great craft supplies.

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