Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial

Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial

Maybe you remember my Halloween quilt and how much my 2 year old loves those little Doodlebug for Riley Blake characters?

My sister-in-law is expecting the first baby girl in this generation so I'm hard at work making a baby quilt for her.

I'm using more Doodlebug fabric for this quilt from the Lovebugs collection. I purchased 2 "Rolie Polies" which are like mini Jelly Rolls. Each has 15 strips. This makes a very, very large baby quilt. I could have gotten by with just one.

I wanted something fast and easy so I'm doing a "Jelly Roll Race" style quilt for this one.

Here's the tutorial:

Prepare your fabric

  • Cut the selvedge off each strip (about 1 inch off each narrow edge) and press flat (the strips usually come folded in half).
Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial - Cut the selvedge off each strip (about 1 inch off each narrow edge) and press flat (the strips usually come folded in half).
 

sew all your strips together

  • Jumble up the strips, I threw them in the dryer for a minute.
  • Sew all of the strips together, narrow end to narrow end, one after another, until you have a very, very long strip.
  • Press each of those seams (open or to one side, your preference).
Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial - Sew all of the strips together, narrow end to narrow end, one after another, until you have a very, very long strip.
 

Fold in half and sew

Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial - Fold the very, very long strip in half, right sides together. You should be folding it so it becomes half as long as it was. Sew along one long edge. When almost at the end, cut the very long strip in two and then finish sewing. Before you cut, you'll have a little loop at the end, gently pull the loop taut and cut with scissors.
  • Fold the very, very long strip in half, right sides together. You should be folding it so it becomes half as long as it was.
  • Sew along one long edge. When almost at the end, cut the very long strip in two and then finish sewing. Before you cut, you'll have a little loop at the end, gently pull the loop taut and cut with scissors.
 

fold in half again and sew

Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial - Unfold along the edge you just sewed. Now you have a long strip (it's half the length of the original very, very long strip) that is 2 Jelly Roll strips wide and about 4 1/2" wide total. Fold your long strip in half so all the right sides are together. It's becoming half as long as it was. Each edge should have just two layers of fabric. Sew along a long edge with a 1/4" seam allowance. Stop a few inched before the end to cut into two and then finish sewing.
  • Unfold along the edge you just sewed. Now you have a long strip (it's half the length of the original very, very long strip) that is 2 Jelly Roll strips wide and about 4 1/2" wide total.
  • Fold your long strip in half so all the right sides are together. It's becoming half as long as it was. Each edge should have just two layers of fabric.
  • Sew along a long edge with a 1/4" seam allowance. Stop a few inched before the end to cut into two and then finish sewing.
 

repeat, repeat, repeat

  • Keep folding in half right sides together and sewing along a long edge until the first time your quilt top is longer than it is wide.
  • Press all your seams (I pressed to one side).
  • Sandwich with batting and backing, quilt, and bind.
 

finishing details on my quilt

I sandwiched my quilt with a throw sized batting (it was a tight fit) and white ostrich dot minky.

I quilted straight lines with my walking foot and hot pink Aurifil. I use the width of the walking foot as a guide (approximately half an inch) and quilt along each side of each seam. This works out to a straight line all the way across the width of the quilt approximately each inch.

Trim away any excess batting and backing material and bind. You're done!

 

Photos!

Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial: Jelly Roll strips ready to sew
Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial: Sewing Jelly Roll strips together
Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial: Jelly Roll quilt top completed
Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial: First rows of straight line quilting on Jelly Roll quilt complete
Jelly Roll Baby Quilt Tutorial: Straight line quilting on Jelly Roll quilt top complete