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How to Make the Jelly Roll Jam BIGGER

Some time ago, we had an idea to create a free tutorial, using the ubiquitous and much-loved strip precut… which is THE Jelly Roll. 2 1/2″ strips of pure delight.

We called this quilt the Jelly Roll Jam (click here for the PDF pattern), the first of our Shortcut Quilt series, and boy did you respond to it! Like, almost 200,000 views kind of response. Gosh. That’s kind of crazy. But we quilters all have a touch of the crazy, right?

Our very first Scrump-diddly-umptious Jelly Roll Jam quilt

If you haven’t seen our Jelly Roll Jam video yet, it’s okay, here it is!

We really love looking at YOUR Shortcut quilts too! You have done so many creative things with this little quilt (or put adorable things ON the quilt).

Milo with the Jelly Roll Jam quilt
Michele of Quilting Gallery’s Jelly Roll Jam quilt

Now when I say little, I mean that this quilt finishes at a whopping 36″ square, and our most common question on this baby quilt was, “How can I make it bigger? I want to make it a large lap/twin/full/queen/king size.”

Soooo, we decided to put this post together to answer that for you!

Here’s what you’ll need for each one of these sizes, using Jelly Rolls that have 40 strips. Follow the pattern for directions on making the blocks and the block layout. Please note you will end up with extra blocks for some of these sizes. Be creative! Piece them into the back, or make a table runner!

  • SMALL LAP QUILT – 48″ square
    1 Jelly Roll, 5/8 yard binding, and 3 1/4 yards backing
    Make 16 blocks. Lay them into a 4 x 4 block layout.
  • MEDIUM LAP QUILT – 60″ square
    2 Jelly Rolls, 5/8 yard binding, and 4 yards backing
    Make 25 blocks. Lay them into a 5 x 5 block layout.
  • LARGE LAP QUILT – 72″ square
    2 Jelly Rolls, 2/3 yard binding, and 4 5/8 yards backing
    Make 36 blocks. Lay them into a 6 x 6 block layout.
  • TWIN or SINGLE BED QUILT – 72″ x 96″ (this will give you a generous overhang, adjust as desired)
    3 Jelly Rolls, 7/8 yard binding, 5 7/8 yards backing
    Make 48 blocks. Lay them into a 6 x 8 block layout.
  • QUEEN BED QUILT – 96″ square
    4 Jelly Rolls, 1 yard binding, 8 7/8 yards backing
    Make 64 blocks. Lay them into a 8 x 8 block layout.
  • KING BED QUILT – 108″ square
    5 Jelly Rolls, 1 yard binding, 9 7/8 yards backing
    Make 81 blocks. Lay them into a 9 x 9 block layout.

So which size will you make? Let us know if you find this helpful! And please keep sharing your photos of your Jelly Roll Jam quilts with us!


    1. I bought two jelly rolls so I could make a boy and girl quilt. One is going to be 4×5 blocks, and the other will be 4×4. There is a lot of excess when you cut the 6.5 inch blocks from the sewn strips. I turned them into appliqued letters to make matching pillows.

    2. I would love to see some of the bigger sizes of this quilt on your blog when some customers have made them up. Love these short cut quilts, and seeing them in different fabrics is the best! Bec in Australia

    3. I bought the Scrumptious collection of fabric to make a short cut quilt exactly like the one in the tutorial, and another with the leftover colors. I haven't gotten to it yet, but I just purchased an April Showers jelly roll and a Hubba Hubba jelly roll. Such possibilities!

    4. Yes I find it very helpful that you have given us the quantity required for the various sizes. thank you

      Vharrah[at]aol {dot}com

    5. Thanks, this is helpful!! I finished a twin size "Charm Pack Cherry" quilt and used Kansas Troubles charms. Now, I am using French General charms to finish a king size quilt. I am almost finished with 2 rows remaining. The "You Tube" video was very helpful; plus I have given your pattern to other quilters. I also told them about your excellent customer service.

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    7. I am so glad I found this! I started to make a quilt for my daughter using Jubilee from Bunny Hills and since I've read this I realize I need to buy at least one more.