Jelly Roll Skirt Tutorial

Learn how to use a Jelly Roll to make an adorable skirt!

Jelly Rolls are so fun to use and make any project so much easier. This Jelly Roll Skirt is so cute and so easy to make and you can change it up to any style you want.


Hi Everyone!!   I am Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts and I’m excited to be sharing a super cute Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial for you today.

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I love all the ribbon and fabric that The Ribbon Retreat has to offer, but some of my most favorite are the prepackaged fabrics.   It takes all the guess-work out of trying to coordinate fabrics.  You can find them in the Little Fatties section or the Bake Shop section.  Today’s project uses a Jelly Roll, which is a pack of coordinating strips of fabric.  It’s pre-cut into exactly the same size strips, so it makes this project super easy.

Use pre-cut fabric to quickly make a cute skirt!

I love the feel of fall that this skirt has, the bold statement it makes, and the ease of construction it took to put it together.  Let’s get started…

Grab a Jelly Roll – - here’s what I used:

Serenade by Kate Spain for Moda

Pick which strips you’d like to use.  I used 7, cut in half, so 14 halves total in the photo below.  I ended up adding 2 more strips to fit my daughter, so 16 halves for a 7 year old.

Choose your fabrics and line them up in the order you want.

You are going to ruche every other strip.  It’s not hard.  Basically you gather and ruffle the strip – the difference between ruching and ruffling is that you gather and ruffle both sides, going length-wise, as shown.  If you need tips on how to gather and ruffle, I go in to detail on my Ruffled Clip post.  When gathering the sides, I made the length of the entire strip 14 inches.  You can adjust that according to the size you need.

Ruche every other strip.

After every other strip was ruched, I cut the other flat strips to 14 inches, so they’re all the same length:

Ruche to the size you want and then cut your straight strips to that size as well.

Then sew the strips together by putting them with right sides together and sewing down that entire edge.  You will sew a ruched strip to a flat strip, then keep on working on down until you have all the strips sewn to each other.

Sew the strips together, right sides together.

Once they are all sewn together it will look like this – you will then need to press each seam:

Sew them all together and press your seams.

After pressing all the seams, you may find that as a whole the piece is a little wonky – mine resembled a rhombus – so trim the top and bottom edges to even it out.

Trim the top and bottom to make it straight.

Now, on to the waistband.  Grab 2 other strips and sew them right sides together then press the seam open and then fold the piece so that wrong sides are together:

Take two strips to make a waistband. Sew right sides together and then fold it wrong sides together.

Take the waistband and put the raw edge against the top edge of the skirt and sew into place.  Then when you flip up the waistband you will have an open casing:

Put the waistband on the skirt with the raw edges together. Sew and press.

Pull a piece of elastic through and secure on each end.

Pull your elastic through and secure each end. It will be sewn together later.

Then you can add a couple of more strips if you would like to the bottom of the skirt.  I added a strip that was ruched and then a flat strip – the back of my skirt now looks like this (I took this picture before I put the elastic in) -

If you want to add some strips at the bottom, just measure, cut and attach.

Now just match the edges up, right sides together, and sew up that seam.  It will catch and give extra hold to the elastic.  Then hem the bottom of your skirt and you are done – wahoo!!

Take the sides, right sides together, and sew up, including the elastic. Hem the bottom. And finished!

Here is a closer view of the ruching detail – it’s on every other strip but it can be seen on some colors better than others:

Detail in ruching picture.

I love how it turned out!  I wanted a skirt that resembled a pencil skirt so it’s a bit high on the waist and goes to the knee – you can alter the length and add more strips if you’d like a shorter, fuller skirt.

Make yours longer, shorter, fuller by changing the measurements, either way it will be cute!

If you have never tried a Jelly Roll, you need to!  This skirt would have been super time consuming if I have to cut all the strips, but with them pre-cut I could get right to the fun part – sewing!


Thanks Mandy!!

I love this skirt and the ruching is so fun! There are so many ways to make this skirt unique and cute. And when you use a Jelly Roll, it’s super easy and the possibilities are limitless. The Ribbon Retreat carries a wide selection of Jelly Rolls so check them out.

And make sure to visit and follow along on Mandy’s blog, Sugar Bee Crafts. She is amazing and has so many fun tutorials that are easy to follow along and quick to complete in a sitting. I have personally used many of them and love her blog. To see more, click the link to see all her fun crafts!

As always, if you’re a craft blogger or bow maker who’d like to submit a tutorial of your own, visit our Project Submission Page to see all the details. We definitely make it worth your while. We love our contributors!

Have a great day! ~ Shirley, The Ribbon Retreat Blog Editor

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8 Comments

  1. Mark
    Posted August 28, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this. This just might be my next project

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 28, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      You’re welcome Mark! It is so fun! – Shirley :)

  2. Marcia
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I love this jelly roll skirt and will try it for my grand-daughter. The directions are very precise and specific.
    Thanks so much.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 18, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

      Hi Marcia! Thank you so much for your comment! We appreciate you and hope you have so much fun sewing it for your granddaughter! Have a wonderful day!

  3. Suzanne
    Posted August 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    This skirt is so cute and super quirky – I’d love to make one for myself! Having never used jelly rolls before, do you think for a knee length skirt (20″) for about a size 12 US (I’m in Australia) that I would need only one roll or should I get 2? Thanks fot any help you can offer.
    Cheers, Suze :-)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi Suzanne! Thank you so much for your comment! Mandy suggests 2 just in case – you can always use the extra rolls in other projects! Good luck and thank you again for your comment and question! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle :)

  4. Patsy Smith
    Posted September 30, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Love this skirt! Thanks for the tutorial!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 1, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

      Hi Patsy! Thank you so so much! Have a wonderful rest of your day! Michelle :)

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