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Use your jelly roll stash with this collection of over fifty free sewing projects for jelly roll strips gathered from all over the web! So whether you're looking for a quick-to-make project such as a table runner, pillow, or tote bag, or would like to make a full-size bed quilt, hopefully you'll be able to find just the right project for you.
So, in case you're not familiar with the term "jelly roll," it's a collection of fabric strips, each measuring 2.5 wide by 40-45 inches long, that's rolled into a bundle resembling a jelly roll cake. Moda Fabrics originated the term "jelly roll" so just be aware that different fabric makers may call these bundles by different names.
And what's fun about jelly roll strips is they can allow you to sample all of the prints from a particular fabric line without committing yourself to buying yardage. Plus, they're quite versatile in that you can easily cut them into different shapes such as smaller rectangles, squares, or triangles.
And some of these smaller projects can be a great way to use single "orphaned" strips you may have leftover from quilt projects - strips that don't coordinate with any other fabrics you have.
And because jelly roll strips are cut with a pinked edge, they tend to produce a lot of lint. Therefore, before unrolling your jelly roll bundle, you may first want to run a lint roller over the bundle's edges.
Should you pre-wash your jelly roll strips before using them? Some recommend this to reduce shrinkage, prevent color bleeding, and to get rid of any sizing that's been applied to the fabric. But of course, if your finished item won't be laundered, there's no need to. If you do decide to pre-wash your jelly roll strips, it's a good idea to place them in a laundry bag or pillowcase to prevent tangling.
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