For me, it's easiest to store my 2 1/2" strips together, and I have quite a few
different bins with these strip sizes.I have a general bin with 2 1/2" strips left over from all different projects, a Fig Tree fabrics 2 1/2" strip bin, a Denyse Schmidt 2 1/2" strip bin, and a bin of 2 1/2" strips from our fabrics. I also have a bin of 2 1/2" strips with Christmas fabrics.
While there are a wide variety of strip-pieced quilt patterns available, there are also a lot of other ways to use jelly roll strips...read on for some ideas for these very versatile fabric cuts!
10 Tips for Using Jelly Roll Strips
- Make strips sets for 9-patch blocks (sew together in groups of three and then cross-cut in 2 1/2" widths.
- Make strip sets for 16-patch or 25-patch blocks (sew together in groups of four or five).
- Sew strips together for totes or bags
- Cut 2 1/2" squares from the strips.
- Make flying geese units (cut 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" segments and 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" segments for a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" unfinished block.
- Frame any finished block...cut two strips for the left and right sides and two strips for the top and bottom. This is a great way to put orphan blocks together for a scrap quilt.
- Make log cabin blocks.
- Save smaller pieces to make a scrappy log cabin border.
- Make place mats using 8 strips 2 1/2" x 14 1/2".
- Sew together to make a scrappy backing--or blocks for portions of a backing.
You might also be interested in my Scrap Quilts from Strips post which features simple-to-make quilt patterns using jelly roll strips. Click the photo above or go here to read that post.
Happy sewing with strips!
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