Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jelly Roll Challenge: Project #1

Project #1 of the my jelly roll challenge

is a simple drawstring gift bag.

Supplies Needed:

Bag Construction:

Step 1:
  • Choose 6 coordinating jelly roll strips

Step 2:
  • With Right Sides Together (RST), sew (2) jelly roll strips together.
  • Repeat until you have (3) sets of jelly roll strips sewn together.
  • Strip set should measure 4 1/2" X WOF

Step 3:
  • Press the  4 1/2" X WOF strip sets open

Step 4:
  • With RST, sew (2) 4 1/2" X WOF strip sets together.

  • Note: Join the strip sets in opposite directions to prevent the strips from becoming "wonky". I like to use the tail ends of the thread as my guide. I simply match a long tail end to a short tail end. This way I know that I will be sewing the strip sets together in opposite directions.

Step 5:
  • Repeat Step 4 until you have all (3) jelly roll strip sets joined together.
  • The completed jelly roll strip set should measure 12 1/2" X WOF

Step 6:
  • Cut the jelly roll strip set into (3) 12 1/2" X 12 1/2" blocks.
  • Save the remaining piece for a future project.

Step 7:
  •  Fold the top jelly roll strip in half. Press to set the fold in place.

Step 8:
  • Pin and sew the strip in place to create a tube for the drawstring ribbon.

  • Note: When sewing, I used the neighboring jelly roll strip as my guide. This helped to create a straight line.

Step 9:
  • Fold the 12 1/2" X 12 1/2" block in half.
  • Pin along the two sides.
  • Sew 1/4" away from the edge of the bottom of the bag and the long side of the bag.
  • Be sure to stop sewing just before the seam of the that tube you created for the drawstring ribbon.

Step 10:

  • Clip the corner edges of the bottom of the bag.

Step 11:

  • Turn the bag inside out.

Step 12:

  • Press the bag to give it a crisp, fresh look.

Step 13:

  • Attach a safety pin to the end of the drawstring ribbon.
  • Using the safety pin, thread the ribbon through the tube that you created.

  • Pull the drawstring ribbon to close the bag.

Voila! You are now done creating your drawstring gift bag. All you have to do is add the goodies!

Note: (6) jelly roll strips will yield 3 drawstring gift bags.

Until Next Time ... Happy Quilting!


  1. This is such a fun and simple project - its perfect for an easy but wonderful hand made gift. I'd like to make one to hold my cell phone in my purse, that way I can tie the ribbon to the strap and always be able to find it, but still have it safely inside my purse. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  2. Cute bag, thanks for sharing the tutorial. And good luck with the rest of your jelly roll!

  3. Lovely wrapping idea and so simple. Thanks for sharing! I think I may use this idea for giving away a couple scarves I've crocheted. They'll be so much cuter in a bag.

  4. Super cute and quick Stefanie! I should totally make so for neighbor gifts! :)

  5. Love it! Super cute and super easy!

  6. Great project! and super quick. I can't wait to see the other projects :)

  7. Thanks little Lady! Great project, love all the fabric - Big hugs for Christmas Nat

  8. Super cute! I am trying to make little bags for gifts where ever possible... today I made 6 bottle bags for my husband to wrap the wine he gives to his peers at work.

  9. What a cute and fast project. Love it. And it looks fabulous.

  10. I like your work, it is beautiful.
    I congratulate.
    thank you fot to share


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