Make a Friendship Braid Quilt Using the Binding Tool


Hi, here we are at the Missouri Star Quilt shop, and for all of you who bought a Binding Tool, I have something really fun for you. This is one of those light bulb wake-up moments.

Look at this darling French Braid Quilt, or Friendship Braid, I’m sorry. We got this pattern out of this book called “Jelly Roll Quilts” by Pam and Nicky Lintott. We really love this book and we love the Friendship Braid, and while looking at this Binding Tool I realized that it is the perfect template to make a friendship braid. It’ll be a little wider than that, but it will be a friendship braid and I want to show you how we did it. So, come on over with me to the table.

OK so the friendship braid is made with a template that looks just like this. The one in the book is a little bit shorter but for all those of you who bought this tool, how awesome that it has two uses.

Now when you buy a Jelly Roll of course you know it all blends and it all goes together, and it would be darling in any Jelly Roll that there is, but what you want to do is unroll your strips, and right here we have a Jelly Roll strip and we’re going to cut off this selvedge end right here. The selvedge is the very edge where it has the little holes and the fabric finish part.
We’re going to cut that off and then we’re going to bring our Binding Tool and we’re going to lay it right on the Jelly Roll strip, or any 2 ½” strip. Then we’re going to go ahead and cut this, like this. I think that made a cut, lets make sure. Nope, just a sec. More pressure! There we go.

So, now we have that one and we’ll move this tool over and we’ll make another one right here. So, this is going to be the perfect sized template
for making a Friendship Braid. OK, so what we did while doing this, because Jelly Roll strips come faced together, it gives you one pointing each direction.

So, now that you’ve cut your Jelly Roll strip, we’re going to lay it out in a Friendship Braid. You’re going to start with your one piece and you can start either direction, but I’m choosing to start this way. You’ll lay this on here, and stitch this down, and fold it over. And you’re going to
put your pieces, you’re just going to keep attaching to this same straight side, making sure that your angles are lined up, and sewing together. So, we’re going to put these different pieces in. Make sure you get your right angles to your right angles, I can only seem to pick up the ones that have the same, there we go!

Alright, so then we’re here. See how that’s taking shape? It looks a little odd, but it actually really works because when you get it done, you’re going to cut this part off right here, and you’ll cut the bottom off, so, you’ll have straight long columns of this Friendship Braid, and it just
makes a darling quilt. Particularly, when you use a themed Jelly Roll like this Christmas one, or a Fall one.

We love the new “Saltbox” and the “Awesome”! It just makes a really fun Jelly Roll, you can sash in-between, or you can just run them smack right next to each other. It’s a really, really quick and easy fun new pattern, and if you have the Binding Tool, you have a template to make this Friendship Braid. This is another Quick Tip from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

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  • Nancy

    I appreciate your tutorials–not only did I learn how to use the binding tool that I wasn’t using right,  but excited about beinb able to use it for the french braid quilt, too.

    • Sarah

      Yay!  Great to hear Nancy!!  Thanks.

  • Mytoyfox2

    Will 1 jelly roll be enough to make a twin size

    • Sarah

      Depending on sashing and borders, yes it should.

  • Modymichele

    Spent a fun evening watching videos……..shopped A BIT !!!  Great tips and tutorials.

    • Sarah

      Thanks!  So glad you enjoy the tutorials!!  

  • Patricia Wadlow

    Great tip!  Who would have thought the binding tool could make a quilt too!  Awesome!!!

  • Debbie

    Thank you for your tutorials!  They have been very helpful.

  • Ginger Bartholomew

    I have the binding tool and now when I go to my quilters retreat I know what I will be working on.  Thanks for all your information and help. 

  • Tina ME

    Do you know the name of the jelly roll pattern used in the quilt sample on the wall.  I love it with the black sashing and binding.  So cool!

    • Sarah

      It is an old Brandon Mabley one, from Westminster Fibers!  It is at least 3 years old!  Hope you are able to find it!

  • Joyboyle

    Hi Jenny
    How many jelly strip rolls for this quilt in queen size?
    thanks Joy

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Apr 13 @ 4:05am (UTC):

      You will need 2 jelly rolls for a queen quilt.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

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  • Sharin

    Thanks so much for this pattern….. I made my granddaughter a quilt in this pattern, and used the left-overs to make a matching one for her doll.

    It works up very fast and was so much fun….:)

    • Sarah

      Oh how fun! I love doll quilts!  i bet your granddaughter was thrilled with both!!  

  • JimsQueenie

    I am in the middle of making a king size friendship braid quilt for my sister, Connie, who has done so much in helping mom before her passing away on Easter and also packing up her home and dividing everything among us 4 girls.  It is done in colors of lavendars; lights, mediums and darks and is turning out great.  Thank you, Jenny, for this tutorial!!  Piece and blessings,

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 13 @ 4:25am (UTC):

      Oh I am so sorry about your Mom, but what a sweet story. You are such a great sister to show your love this way. Thanks for sharing your story with me!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan

      (888) 571-1122

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  • Mollyserkin

    I am enjoying your tutorials and learning a lot from them. 

  • Tomtitmouse

    what fantastic tutorials you have ..i think i have my quilting mojo back

    • Sarah

      Oh yeah!!  We love getting our mojo back!!!  🙂  Glad you feel inspired to stitch again!!  🙂

  • Mmkid87

    Could you use a honey bun?

  • jan marie

    how many jelly rolls for a lap quilt?

    • JackieMSQC

      Hi Jan,
      1 Jelly Roll would be all you need for a lap sized quilt. Have a great day!

  • karroll

    Your tutorials are great and I use them all the time. Thank you very much. I would like to meet you if I get to your area.

  • jan marie

    What jelly roll are you using to demonstrate this? It is really pretty.

    • Sarah MSQC

      Hi Jan. Thanks for your comment! The strips she is demonstrating with are actually just scraps, either from jelly rolls or fabric cut into strips. Sorry I couldn’t be more specific! Have a wonderful day!

    • JackieMSQC

      Jan, this tutorial is fairly old, and I know that particular jelly roll is now out of print. I will have to ask Jenny to see if she remembers it. I will let you know!!

  • Kaia Nicole

    How wide of a friendship braid does this method make? I want to use it as a border. 🙂 Cute easy and fun!!!