Jelly Roll Christmas project: adorable no-sew fabric chains 😍 (video 🎬)

We know, it’s not Christmas in July just yet . . . but we couldn’t wait to share this fun Jelly Roll Christmas project with you! If you’ve got a Jelly Roll waiting in the wings for something fun, easy, and absolutely adorbs, congratulations—you just found the perfect way to use it.

Countdown to Christmas author Susan Ache (of Instagram fame) chocked her latest book full of holiday cheer—her quilts are patchwork perfection AND most of them can be used all year long:

From Countdown to Christmas
From Countdown to Christmas

But Susan also wanted to give you a few quick-and-easy ideas for projects you can make on the fly—or even turn into a family affair with everyone joining in the fun! One of the ideas she shares in Countdown to Christmas is her Christmas fabric chains. Yep, just like the chains you made in kindergarten with construction paper. But take a look at how Susan has elevated the paper-chain game:

Jelly Roll Christmas project - fabric chains

Did you gasp like we did at how cute these little chains turned out? Drape them ’round the tree, arrange on a mantle, hang over the front door—the possibilities are endless! You can make them short, long, or somewhere in between. It’s the perfect Jelly Roll Christmas project, but if you’ve got lots of holiday yardage, you bet you can use the same technique with that fabric too.

Here’s Susan to show you how it’s done!


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We love how Susan encourages us to include the kiddos—and that advice for making a continuous chain for the tree? That’s a Christmas present all on its own!

Countdown to ChristmasWhat kind of Christmas fabrics do you have in your stash right now?

• I have the PERFECT Jelly Roll for this project!
• I have lots of white, red, and green precuts that will do the trick.
• I’ve got a pile of Christmas prints just waiting for Susan’s fabric-chain treatment!

Tell us more in the comments!


53 Comments (leave a comment)

  • i have lots of Christmas prints and solids, just perfect for the quilts in this book.

    —Carolyn Montgomery on June 24, 2019
  • I have a red, lime green and turquoise jelly roll just waiting to become Christmas chains! Thank you for the idea!

    —Vicki Adkins on June 24, 2019
  • How about all of the above…lol
    I do have a Perfect Jelly Roll or two…just saying…;o)

    —Kristie M Michalowski on June 24, 2019
  • I have LOADS of red prints that really need to be used up. This book’s patterns will certainly be considered! Beautiful projects!!

    —Sue H on June 24, 2019
  • I love Christmas fabrics so I have way too many in my stash. It’s good to find new ways to use them. 🙂

    —Kay on June 24, 2019
  • I have a lot of fabric waiting for the chain treatment, but I’m waiting for great grand babies.

    —Stephanie Woodward on June 24, 2019
  • I love this idea! The pinked edge is so cute and heat n bond ultra has been my friend many a time. I am not crazy about the glue stick however. I was thinking I might add a plastic snap or velcro to the ends instead and it would be easy to take apart and use as an advent chain or something the kids could play with to put the chains in the order they want. A little more time up front though. Great project!

    —Karen on June 24, 2019
  • I colllect Christmas fabric, like any fabric in my stash. I have a tote of christmas fabric, Lots of reds that would be perfect for this project.

    —Brenda Shippy on June 24, 2019
  • I have LOTS of Christmas fabric–some old, some new, that would be perfect for these chains! Most are in small chunks, so this would be a real stash buster!

    —Marcia Gilbreath on June 24, 2019
  • I have lots and lots of red and green fabric that would be perfect!!!

    —Mary B on June 24, 2019
  • I’ve got a pile of Christmas prints just waiting for Susan’s fabric-chain treatment! My stash has loads of red, white and green fabrics as well. What a fun idea for Christmas decorating!

    —Ann West on June 24, 2019
  • Love the quilt that says "Ho, Ho" around the edge!

    —Sandy on June 24, 2019
  • I have a pile of Christmas fabric that is waiting for the right pattern(s)!

    —MS Barb on June 24, 2019
  • I have lots of Christmas fabric that would work for,these

    —Delinda on June 24, 2019
  • I have no fabric charms or jelly roll Christmas fabric. These projects would look great with the Christmas fabric.

    —carol on June 24, 2019
  • I have such a variety of Christmas prints. Love them all! Can’t wait to use some to do a quilt or two from this book!

    —Kimberly P on June 24, 2019
  • I have lots and lots of Christmas fabric in my stash just waiting for the perfect project. Can’t wait to get the book to make 1 or 2 or 3….. It’s always exciting to see your new Christmas project books each year.

    —Donna K on June 24, 2019
  • I have many Christmas prints available to make that cute chain. Looks like a great grandkids project!

    —Betsy P on June 24, 2019
  • I don’t keep a lot of Christmas fabric in my stash. Usually buy it as needed. But I may just pick up a jelly roll for the chain. My granddaughter would enjoy making it.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on June 24, 2019
  • None of the listed choices. I need to go shopping.

    —Sue Goodin on June 24, 2019
  • Lots of reds and greens in my stash ready to go! I think I love EVERY project in this book!

    —Alice on June 24, 2019
  • I have tons of red, green and white fabric and tons of Christmas themed fabric.

    —Geri on June 24, 2019
  • I have Xmas scraps I can use to make a garland. It would go across the wall with the fireplace – something different from our usual decoration. Great idea for scrap use in my opinion.

    —SandyMay on June 24, 2019
  • I have a few Christmas fabrics just waiting to become part of a great project!

    —Rilla Burnham on June 24, 2019
  • I buy Christmas fabric all year. My stash is huge. I like traditional red and green plus blue, white, gray, silver and gold. I made an awesome table runner with turquoise and lime green fabric printed with holly leaves.

    —Judy Paulsen on June 24, 2019
  • I have some Christmas fabrics, enough to make a long garland. What a fun project! 😊

    —Marilynn on June 24, 2019
  • Oh my…looks like a perfect book to par down my Christmas stash…even my stash has a stash!

    —Debbie Collins on June 24, 2019
  • I have quite a few Christmas fabrics that would work. This book looks fun!!!

    —Patty F. on June 24, 2019
  • I have some Christmas fabrics, just enough to make Susan’s garland.

    —Denise V on June 24, 2019
  • The colors and patterns are wonderful. Can’t wait to try them out.

    —Susan F on June 24, 2019
  • I’ve got lots of red, white and green fabrics that would work perfectly with these Christmas quilt ideas! I love Susan’s work: I’m presently working on some of her cross-stitch patterns! 🙂

    —Helen L on June 24, 2019
  • I have a stash of Xmas fabric ready to be used.

    —Barb on June 24, 2019
  • I have Christmas fabrics that would work for this, but new jelly rolls would be fun too!

    —Christy on June 24, 2019
  • I have lots of Christmas remnants waiting for me to make something from them. I’m hoping I can use them up for this coming Christmas projects. Lots of ideas floating around.

    —Judith Carlon on June 24, 2019
  • I have a whole lot of Christmas fabric, including a couple of jelly rolls. This looks like a really fun project. I

    —Roberta on June 25, 2019
  • I have quite a supply of various Christmas prints awaiting use. This books sounds like a good source of finding a pattern in need of Christmas fabric. Thank you for the chance of winning such a beautiful book.

    —Betty Paschal on June 25, 2019
  • Wat een mooi boek, proficiat. Van een mooie jellyrol kun ja al zoiets maken. Prachtig

    Translation: What a beautiful book, congratulations. You can make something like that from a beautiful jelly roll. Magnificent

    —Liesbeth on June 27, 2019
  • I have a few Christmas but not a lot.

    —Christi on June 27, 2019
  • I’ve got part of a Christmas jelly roll, that would be perfect for the chain shown.

    —Susan MacLeod on June 28, 2019
  • Now I’m in trouble… don’t have a single piece of Christmas fabric in the stash that’s bigger than a tiny scrap… we’ve used it to make Christmas stockings at church for youth outreach mission project, or I gave it to friends that do lots of holiday of sewing.

    —Kay on June 28, 2019
  • Everything I need, except for this book! 😂

    —karen on June 28, 2019
  • I have the perfect Christmas fabric for these and they would be great on my tree as I use only non-breakables and I stay away from garland as much as possible

    —Debby Jensen on June 28, 2019
  • What cool idea for a Christmas craft with the grandkids! The other projects look great, too!

    —Leona on June 28, 2019
  • I have two Christmas quilts I hope to make. The stash was made into strip last year ready for something. Placemats? I am seeing simple mug rug in cook magazines. Fruits for the twelve days of Christmas? Pears, apples?

    —Linda Christianson on June 28, 2019
  • Wow! What a great book! I have a great stash of Christmas colored fabrics ready to go, just need the scalloped edge blade.

    —debby on June 28, 2019
  • I have fabrics left from the 70’s that may be perfect for this book.

    —Lynn on June 28, 2019
  • I love these quilts! And I have a large enough Christmas stash to make a few of them, plus the perfect scraps for the darling garland.

    —Linda Towers on June 28, 2019
  • I have all kinds of Christmas fabric. Traditional, Modern, anything but glitter. Happy Creating

    —Donna F on June 28, 2019
  • I do have a Christmas jelly roll. Better retrieve it and see what I can start!😋

    —Sue B on June 29, 2019
  • I have a drawer full of vintage (aka old) Christmas fabrics that would be great for this. Thank you so much!

    —Renée Welton on June 29, 2019
  • I have very little holiday fabric of any kind. However, I do have some coordinating Christmas scraps that a friend gave me that would be perfect for this chain. How would you store it when it’s sewn and Christmas is over? I wouldn’t want to have it crushed or messed up. Could it be wrapped around a long tube? Thanks!

    Hi Emma, great question! Susan says she puts her garland on top of her Christmas lights because that box doesn’t get jostled around as much as other Christmas boxes. And because they’re fabric, the chains don’t really get crushed at all. But they can be taken apart and re-pressed if needed. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Emma Whittington on June 29, 2019
  • You can make them short, long, or somewhere in between..

    moto x3m on November 20, 2019
  • I love this very quality Christmas project

    spotify apk on January 27, 2021

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