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The Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial

on Jun 28, 2009 in pattern, quilt, tutorial | 54 comments

Welcome to my Braided Quilt Tutorial. This tutorial is just a “how I did it” and “this is how it turned out” kind of tutorial. The one jelly roll makes a nice lap sized quilt, roughly 50″ square.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignThe Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial

Edited to add- It has been pointed out to me that the math for this tutorial is off a bit, for a standard jelly roll. The jelly roll I used is from Walmart. (My current wallies sold fabric.) I think there might be more strips in their roll or something because I used the math listed below and I even have pieces left over. BUT if you are using a traditional 40 strip jelly roll- you’ll need to divide your 7 x 2.5″ strips {there should be 240 of them} equally in to then start the tutorial. (8 piles of 30 strips OR maybe 6 piles of 40 strips.)

Create the Batik Braid?Quilt

The following directions are for the quilt I made, with the roll from Walmart. Here’s how it shakes down:

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design
I took the plunge and decided to finally cut into my jelly roll pack. I own 5 packs (well, 4 now) But I’ve been hesitant to cut into the beautiful strips… ’til today.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignI made the quilt by cutting the jelly rolls into 7″ lengths. (2.5″ x 7″) I then sorted the strips into 7 piles of 40 pieces each.
Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignThen using one stack of 40 at a time, start sewing in the above fashion. I grabbed the strips quite randomly, so the quilt has that absolutely scrappy feel. Stitch them in the order illustrated above, alternating right and left sides.

Holding piece 1 in your left hand, right side up, lay piece 2 on piece one, right side down. Sew that short seam (where piece one is touching piece two) using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Grab a Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide to make sure your 1/4″ seam is always accurate.

Open this piece. Next add piece 3, match right sides, use a 1/4 seam allowance and make sure piece 3’s short edge is in line with piece 2- as in the picture. I hope that helps. Your quilts are looking really cool.

Next you have to trim the long braid. You’ll trim it twice; the sides and the ends. First trim off the triangles on the sides. My strips turned out to be about 8″ wide. (The picture below represents all 40 strips, not just the 10 or so shown.)

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignNext you’ll need to square up the top and bottom ends. (The picture below represents all 40 strips, not just the 10 or so shown.)Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily DesignThe long strips will not have intersecting seams, so its ok to square off the ends at “the point where you run out of fabric”. Does that make sense?

After the 7 wide braided strips are complete & square, ya just sew them together. When the quilt top is complete, you will need to go back with your rotary cutter and trim the top and bottom edges so they are flush and even with one another.

Go forth and cut into those jelly rolls!!!

Quilting the Batik Braid Quilt

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

It took me a while to decide how I wanted to quilt the Batik Braid quilt. I ultimately decided to treat each column of the quilt as its own individual quilting space.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

Using a Sulky Blendables Thread thread on top, pink thread in the bobbin, and my domestic home-sewing machine, I free motion quilted?Spineless Feathers on each column. To create the feather:?make a half?heart shape to the right, then a half heart shape to the left. Create each new half heart shape at the “V” of the bottom or top, depending which direction you are quilting. The “V” is the key to the Spineless Feather.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

You can generally?see quilting better from the back. … but not always.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

Now you might find this strange- I bought the original jelly roll in 2008 or 2009 in a small town, back when Walmart still carried fabric. I didn’t buy or save any binding fabric. The binding was purchased at Joann fabrics in 2015 and matches pretty darn well. Way to go batik fabric. Well, played.

Batik Braid Quilt Tutorial by Jen Eskridge | ReannaLily Design

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  1. Oh, that is so pretty and you make it look so easy, thanks!
    Hugs – Lurline?


    June 29, 2009

  2. Blue. You made that just today? It would have taken me weeks! Looks great


    June 29, 2009

  3. I'm leaning towards quilting with the pink thread. Go bright!!! 🙂

    Owens Family Adventures

    June 29, 2009

  4. LOVE this! Can't wait to put this together!


    June 30, 2009

  5. How big was your finished quilt? I have a giant pile of new fat quarters. I was thinking of doing this pattern with some of the fabric.

    Aunt Cindy

    September 21, 2010

  6. You are correct about this jelly roll being much larger than the normal ones that are sold at fabric store.

    I had two of these jelly rolls also. I have made two quilt tops that are double bed size and still have enough left to make a small baby quilt/lap quilt. I did add sashing and border material, but not a lot. I fell in love with the colors. I really like the pattern that you did with the strips. Turned out absolutely wonderful!

    What did you use for your backing and border fabrics? I know you did this back in April, but I am just now connecting to this through which was posted today, July 4, 2011.


    July 4, 2011

  7. Very pretty. It looks like a Shelly Burgess pattern.


    July 4, 2011



    July 11, 2011

  9. I LOVE this pattern… i found this on quilter’s cache a while back, printed it out and finally used it as a “border” around a Tween quilt i was making and needed to “make bigger”… i LOVE your batik… People need to know how quick this can go and it’s simple and relaxing.. Makes a great quick gift.. thanks for bringing this to the attention of so many… b.johnson

    barbara johnson

    July 16, 2011

  10. I recently scored dozens of rolls of vintage British ribbon in all sizes and colors. The lady sold me a big sealed box of what she called “craft stuff” for $2.50. Wouldn’t that make a cool quilt?


    July 16, 2011

  11. thanks for this lovely design and instructions – have lots of jelly rolls and now i know what to do with them.


    July 17, 2011

  12. I love this design. I am a fan of scrap quilts. Did you sew each strip on the right side onto the base strip or did you sew it on the wrong side and then flip it over and iron it flat? please send me an email when you answer.
    Thanks, Carole

    Carole Khan-White

    July 17, 2011

  13. I love this and would like to make it. But I really don’t understand how you are pieceing these strips together. Can you show a diagram on how the 1/4″ stitching is done to piece these together?


    August 5, 2011

  14. I am new to quilting. Would it work to make the strips 3 1/2 inches long? thank you

    Opal Hobbs

    August 19, 2011

  15. Love the quilt, but just wondered if you have ever seen the Binding Tool by quiltersmerc to make the braid. When you cut your strips with this tool, you will have the diagonal on the edges of the braid already cut perfectly, no trimming needed.

    This link shows how to use the tool to make your braid.


    October 28, 2011

  16. Have my strips all cut and ready to sew. I’m using tons of scrap fabric so this will be quite interesting also have a ton of navy blue fabric with white polka dots, plan on using 2 1/2 inch strips in between the rows, then making a border all around. can’t wait to see how it all works out, plenty of fabric left over to make jabots to match, using in spare/guest bedroom 🙂


    December 5, 2011

  17. This quilt is so beautiful! I’ve been wanting to make a braided quilt for so long and haven’t gotten around to it. Thank you for your clear directions, I have always been a little confused about which you piece together first. I will definitely be saving this tut!


    December 8, 2011

  18. I am working on a braided quilt right now out of scraps I’ve accumulated over time. I plan to use a variegated thread to quilt it, eliminating the decision to choose just one color.


    March 2, 2012

  19. I have recently started making braided table runners, but I have a really hard time keeping the points in a straight line despite having drawn a line on the backing. Any suggestions? From anyone? I would love to make a quilt but am afraid it would never fit together. This quilt is sooooo pretty.


    March 2, 2012

  20. I have been wanting to make one of these braids for a while, I don’t have that tool. but plan now on getting one. I have to make a quilt for my Grand-daughter who recently married, but didn’n know what kind of quilt I wanted to make for her. I think this will fit the bill, I think I will make sashing strips to separate the braids in black.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    Mary Hill

    March 4, 2012

  21. Very nicely done and easy to follow!!!! I want to try my own. Thanks I have bookmarked it for return. :L)


    June 16, 2012

  22. Thanks for sharing this! I couldn’t wait to try this. I started sewing the strips together tonight. This is sooo much fun and it looks beautiful.


    June 30, 2012

  23. I have seen braided quilts done with a strip sewn on one side of the braid and then the next braid is attached and so on. In other words there is a sashing in between each braided section. This would solve the problem you are having.

    judy stengel

    August 9, 2012

  24. I think you may be making what they call quilt-as-u-go table runners. I have done them and had the same problem in keeping things straight. But when I made this pattern into a quilt, I had NO problems at all. My braids were cut into different sizes, edged with a contrasting fabric. with another wider coordinating strip between EACH braided strip. Kinda makes them look like framed pictures all sewn together. Very Nice !
    Going to do a red, white, & green for Christmas using some fairy frost fabrc (WHITE)

    Freddie Lloyd

    August 12, 2012

  25. Fabulous colors and Great instructions. Making a Nursing scrubs Wall Hanging quilt with photos and I wanted to go a little out of the box and border it with the French Braid. My backing will be a plain white sheet and then I will bind it. My reasoning for the white sheet, is it’s going to hang on a wall so who will see the back of it anyway? AND IT’S CHEAPER. lol

    La Verne

    August 20, 2012

  26. Great tutorial…I plan to make one and wuilt it with variegated thread.


    December 27, 2012

  27. I would use varigated thread in the colors of the quilt.

    Diane Reddy

    January 25, 2013

  28. I LOVE this tutorial … and I am a new quilter! Your tutorial makes this pattern easy to follow. I must print this right away!

    Caroline Arcand

    February 1, 2013

  29. Thank you for sharing. I cannot wait to try my hand it this pattern.

    All the Best!


    February 14, 2013

  30. Oh no! I already have too many projects going on now – but this ooe looks great!

    I have a 40% coupon – and my AC Moore sells jelly rolls at an already=reasonable price.

    Looks like it’s a shopping trip!

    Candace Hall

    February 16, 2013

  31. Me too! I LOVE varigated thread for multi-colored projects!


    February 27, 2013

  32. Like your colors. I’ve made several of these Pioneer braids and just love them for using up scraps. Very pretty quilt.


    March 12, 2013

  33. Never thought of using jelly rolls for this quilt. Looks so pretty and happy. Thanks for sharing.


    March 30, 2013

  34. very nice done and very nicely illustrated also. Thanks so much for the tutorial and keep up the GREAT work.. A++++++


    April 8, 2013

  35. I can’t wait to make it. My daughter gave me a bunch of jelly roll sized strips of fabric and I was looking for a pattern that would be easy and also looked complicated at the same time and I found it. I’m starting on it now.

    Donna Lucero

    April 10, 2013

  36. I love your tutorial. It gave me the courage to complete a project similar to yours. I took white cotton scraps from the quilts I have quilted over the last few years. Tye-Dyed them a variety of colors and patterns. Then cut into the strips you described. I then put them together into an Around The World design/pattern. I used black between my rolls of braids. It looks awesome. Really wanting to get some other projects out of the way so I can quilt it. Thanks again for the tutorial.

    Allisa Heard

    July 5, 2013

  37. I’m on my way to Wally World!! I’m going to make this for a Christmas present!! Thanks for the easy way!! Blessings!!


    July 6, 2013

  38. The image did not show up. I would love to see it.


    July 9, 2013

  39. Hello,
    This quilt is so beautiful. I have been looking for a completed size and it is no where. How big will it be with 40 – 7″ x 2-1/2″ fabric pieces?


    July 13, 2013

  40. My jelly roll strips are only 40″ so this gives my 5 pieces per strip with 40 strips is only 200 pieces.

    Your jelly roll must have been 42″ and 42 strips to get 240.


    August 10, 2013

  41. This turning out beautifully. Thank you. However as a novice can you suggest the best way to machine quilt it?


    August 11, 2013

  42. Can you tell me where you got your Jelly Rolls from as I would like to make a Queen Size Quilt and the Jelly Rolls here in Australia are not large.


    August 12, 2013

  43. I am unable to get the pattern to come up. Help


    August 17, 2013

  44. WEll I have my two rolls all cut and ready to sew.. I am so excited to try this. It looks so easy once you sew one set together…

    theresa moss

    January 4, 2014

  45. I made a quilt like this many many years ago, only it was called a Herring Bone Pattern. Could never find that pattern again. My sister-in-law stumbled upon your tutorial. I like how you emphasized “My Way”, I too have found ways to do things that aren’t by the book, and they work out just fine.


    January 16, 2014

  46. I just linked here from AllFreeSewing, and see that you originally posted a year and a half ago. I love your quilt, and your tutorial is excellent! Very easy to follow. I am curious as to how you ended up actually quilting your piece. Did you somehow follow the strips, or perhaps something free-flowing? The quilt top pattern itself is so intricate, I couldn’t figure out how you might quilt it without detracting from that. Would love to see a photo of the completed quilt! Thanks….blessings….

    Jill Schwieger

    January 24, 2014

  47. I was looking for a beautiful and fairly easy quilt pattern for a long time and I came across this Batik Braid Quilt. I am quite new to quilting having only made two table runners, coasters and placemats. I am really looking forward to getting a Jelly Roll and start this quilt with your easy to do directions. Thank you for sharing this.

    Linda Plunkett

    January 24, 2014

  48. Love the colors you used Lots of color combinations would be pretty. I love scrappy, Why not use a verigated thread in pinks or turquoise. I wrote down instructions because my printer is not working. Connecting has some beautiful batiks and good prices too. I have found their fabric very nice quality. Their solids are the same color on the back, nice if making napkins. I made grand daughter a table cloth and napkins. Kona cottons may be the same but Connecting Threads price is cheaper. Also may not be quite as thick as Kona Cotton.

    BettyLou Lovato

    January 24, 2014

  49. That is very pretty friendship quilt


    July 4, 2014

  50. Thanks for sharing your quilt ideas. I have made many purses and jackets with an almost identical pattern, however, yours is so much easier! I had to cut all kinds of different lengths to accomplish the very same finished product. I will now be anxious to make a quilt with yours instructions, and I have an almost identical jelly roll as yours. Thanks again for sharing!


    July 8, 2014

  51. I had this same jelly roll! It had 44 strips in it, which I thought was unusual.

    Sarah Wilkerson

    May 4, 2016

  52. Yes, this tutorial is a lot easier to understand, too!


    October 19, 2016


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