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    can i make my own jelly roll

    i have been watching some youtube and want to know if anyone can tell me how to cut my own jelly roll fabric? do I just cut 2 and one half inch fabric ? how long to i cut them?

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    You sure can. Jelly roll strips are 2.5" wide and just cut the full width of the fabric. Depending on the bolt, it should be 40-44".
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      #3
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      Wise.... yes you sure can just as summer said. I am a jelly roll lover so I buy the prints and cut my own solids. The best part of a jelly roll is there are usually at least 20 different fabrics in one roll....... and usually more.
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        #4
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        Cut across the width of the fabric. It's just that the jelly rolls are so great because they have approx 20 different fabrics that all match fairly well together. Depends on your fabric stash I suppose.
        Linda L Maurer, Peach Bottom, PA

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          #5
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          As said before you can definitely cut your own - but if you are lazy like me - once you use that pre-cut it takes a might cute piece of fabric to turn back and cut your own!

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            #6
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            How much fabric is needed for each different print/solid?

            If there are about 20 different fabrics in each roll, how much yardage should I buy for each roll?



            Also--I just bought a jelly roll on sale, but it was only 20 strips! How gig of a quuilt would that make? a Baby quilt? Lap quilt?

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              You can get 7 strips out of a half yard of fabric with 1/2" waste. You can then purchase 6 different fabrics and get 42 strips out of the 6 half yard pieces. If you want more variety, remember to purchase yardage to accomodate 2-1/2" wide strips with minimum waste. 1/4 yard(9") would only give you 3 strips with 1-1/2" waste. 1/3 yard (12") would give you 4 strips with 2" waste. 3/8 of a yard is 13-1/2" so you would get 5 strips with 1"waste. So 1/2 yard is the most efficient way to use your fabric with minimum waste. I also used fat quarters to make a smaller quilt, it just has a more scrappy look. Just remember to get twice as many fat quarters because your strips will be half as wide as a strip cut from the whole width of fabric. Hope this helps you figure it out.

              I made up a formula for figuring out how many strips you would need to make a specific size quilt. They are designed to end up with 32 2" rows, roughly 64" long. If you use fewer strips, they will end up narrower and 64" long. You can make them wider by adding strips. Here's my formula: take the width you want it to end up, let's use 72" to make a wider quilt. Multiply that number by 32 (number of rows). That number will be 2304. That is the length of strip you need to start out with. Since you fabric strips will probably about 41" long by the time you miter seam them, divide 41 into 2304. That comes out to 56 which is how many strips you would need to make that width. With only 20 strips, you would get a 32 row quilt that is 25 by 64. You really can't make it the way jelly roll quilts are usually made with only 20 strips and come out with something useable. With the usual 40 strips, they end up being a generous lap quilt size, about 48-50" by 64. You can add borders if you want it bigger. Look at my albums, I 've made a bunch of different size Jelly roll quilts.
              Last edited by Jean Sewing Machine; May 12, 2012, 12:49 AM.

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                Hello

                I really love jelly rolls
                My DH gave me this http://www.naehpark.com/Hot-New/Simp...-Embosser.html last Christmas because I wanted to cut my own strips.
                Now I'm using this mostly for solids, smaller pieces of yardage and for cutting the binding-strips.

                I haven't stopped to buy jelly rolls because of the variety and the perfect matching of the fabrics and colors..
                Why go, buy lots of yardage and then sit and cut it, when I can have it in a jelly roll.

                So I think: opening a jelly roll is fast and easy, cutting your own is maybe a little cheaper but you have to mix the colors on your own.. thats a lot of work, and mostly I'm too lazy for this.
                Best wishes and Greetings
                Kerstin:icon_hug:

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                  Kerri - The reason I cut my own fabric- I'm always trying to get the most for my money. Cutting strips from yardage is a better buy and can be even more economical if you're purchasing yardage at reduced prices. Let's see, Jean says 6 half-yard cuts equals a jellyroll. That's $30 (42 strips.) MSQC sells jellys for $36 (40 strips.) $6 isn't a huge savings but it adds up if you're buying lots of precuts.

                  Don't get me wrong, I definitely like buying precuts but only on sale. I buy them for the variety, the quality and the line of designer fabrics. I'm not likely to go into a shop and ask the salesperson to cut 20 quarter yard cuts from 20 different bolts of fabric to get the variety one gets in a jellyroll. Also, they won't have yardage in all the different designs found in the jellyroll. Hmmm! I bet that's intentional. LOL
                  Last edited by rebeccas-sewing; May 12, 2012, 04:48 AM.
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                    #10
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                    It's a trade off, convenience and variety against cost. The basic cost of most jelly roll strips and layer cake pieces starts out at about $1, discounts bring it down to less. You are paying for the convenience of not having to cut them, and getting the variety.

                    BTW, I got a Moda layer cake with a short cut piece in it--whaaaa! I want 42 full cut pieces!

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                      #11
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                      I have used Jelly rolls in a lot of different quilts. I love the versatility. But I don't always want a scrappy look. I recently made the serendipity quilt but I didn't want the centers to all be different so I bought three fabrics and made my own 2 1/2 in strips. Of course this is true for any precut it really just depends on how much time you want to spend and the look you want to achieve. Good luck!

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                        if you use the June Taylor Shape Cut or Shape Cut Plus, this will help in the speed of cutting up all these strips. I belong to a men's quilt group on Yahoo and one of our members likes to host all our fabric swaps. Some swaps include jelly rolls and he collects everyones fabric by the required yardage and cuts all the strips himself using the Shape Cut. One swap he cut over 100 yrds for us. What a trooper!!!

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                          Originally posted by rebeccas-sewing View Post
                          Kerri - The reason I cut my own fabric- I'm always trying to get the most for my money.
                          Oh, yes, I want that too but sometimes I really love ready cut stripes.
                          It is of course a question of the cost too. When I would buy a jelly roll over here, i'd pay at least 60$.. just for one.

                          So I've ordered some jelly rolls from the MSQC, they were on sale too, and nonetheless I have to pay for the shipping and the german sales tax (19%) its much cheaper for me this way.
                          Really good yardage is very expensive here too.
                          Of course I often buy cheap yardage but I think one can feel and see the difference.

                          So for me a "real" jelly roll is something luxurious, just like a glass of champagne, you don't drink it every day but from time to time it is wonderful.

                          Self cutting strips is totally ok, I do that often too..

                          sorry if my posting is a little confuse.. sometimes it is hard to say what you want using another language..
                          Best wishes and Greetings
                          Kerstin:icon_hug:

                          I put my rootbeer in a square cup.... now it's just beer :)

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                            #14
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                            Originally posted by Denis View Post
                            if you use the June Taylor Shape Cut or Shape Cut Plus, this will help in the speed of cutting up all these strips. I belong to a men's quilt group on Yahoo and one of our members likes to host all our fabric swaps. Some swaps include jelly rolls and he collects everyones fabric by the required yardage and cuts all the strips himself using the Shape Cut. One swap he cut over 100 yrds for us. What a trooper!!!

                            Wow! I use the Shape Cut Rulers myself and find them to be a heaven send. I couldn't cut 100 yards that's for sure. I'd hate to see how wonky it would be if I did....LOL!
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                              #15
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                              Originally posted by Denis View Post
                              if you use the June Taylor Shape Cut or Shape Cut Plus, this will help in the speed of cutting up all these strips. I belong to a men's quilt group on Yahoo and one of our members likes to host all our fabric swaps. Some swaps include jelly rolls and he collects everyones fabric by the required yardage and cuts all the strips himself using the Shape Cut. One swap he cut over 100 yrds for us. What a trooper!!!
                              By my calculations, that's 1400 strips. That woud make one very big jelly roll quilt!

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