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I will admit that I am have a nice fabric stash and am a fabric scrap queen. To actually buy more fabric to create folded star ornaments is a semi-foreign concept. Even though they’re not new, I was recently introduced to Jelly Rolls as an option in making cross stitch folded star ornament. Where have I been?

The dimensions of Jelly Roll strips alone made it immediately obvious that they HAD to have been be created exclusively for cross stitch folded star ornaments. They weren’t, of course, but as I pondered the fat rounds of fabric, and bought not just one, but two Jelly Rolls, I had to wonder why I hadn’t considered these beauties sooner.

What Is A Jelly Roll?

It didn’t take much digging on the internet to learn that the name and pre-cut fabric strips were introduced by Moda Fabrics in 2006. Since then, Jelly Rolls have developed a life of their own and a now a true force in the quilting world. There’s even a National Sew A Jelly Roll Day, celebrated every third Saturday in September.

Jelly Rolls Are All About Convenience

Jelly rolls are sold by a variety of manufacturer and available at most fabric and/or craft stores and can even be found on Amazon. The rolls vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but they pretty much consist of 40″ to 42″ by 2 1/2 inch strips. This length is a full width of a standard bolt of fabric, cut then then rolled into a 2 1/2 inch high fat round that resembles a giant fabric cinnamon bun.

The true beauty of jelly rolls strips is that they are typically combined in color coordinated themes that take fabric type & color harmony to new level. You can find themed Jelly Rolls and can count on the fabrics being the same quality throughout.

Jelly Rolls & Cross Stitch Folded Star Ornaments

My purchases were Christmas themed. The range of colors & prints included reds, greens, creams and some unexpected black prints that worked with every fabric in the roll.  For ornament use, it gave me combination options for the two fabrics required to craft cross stitch folded star ornaments. And with 40 strips in the Jelly Roll, using two strips per ornament, I can make 20 ornaments per Jelly Roll.  That’s a lot!

No More Strip Cutting!

Best of all, the strips are cut into 2 1/2 inch widths.  That means they completely eliminate the need to cut uniform strips of fabric that are needed to cut then pin & fold to make your ornament. Our book instructs you to cut 2 inch strips of fabric, but I can attest that the 2 1/2 inch Jelly Roll strips work just fine with no additional cutting required.  Because the Jelly Roll edges are pinked, when they’re folded in half they are 1 1/4″ wide.  The pinking takes up that last 1/4 inch so you don’t even notice that the folded pieces are just a touch wider than 1 inch.

Creativity Plus

In addition to the amazing convenience, the Jelly Rolls included fabrics that I may not have considered if shopping for fabric by the bolt.  And that made the possibilities for cross stitch folded star ornaments even more fun.  Give them a shot, I think you’ll find them worth it!