How to make a rag quilt
This is a free tutorial because it is so easy and so much fun! If you are an experienced quilter you might want to share it with a friend, child or grandchild to get the hooked on this wonderful past time we call quilting.
It is a wonderful beginner quilt project.
This will make a lap or baby sized quilt approximately 35″ x 42″ perfect for snuggling under.
This quilt is easily made bigger.
Gather your materials:
4 yards of flannel. (These can be 4 -one yd. cuts or 8- half yard cuts or 16 quarter yard cuts)
1 1/4 yd. 40″ wide thin batting (this is a great way to use up those scraps of batting)
Cut your fabric into 9″ squares for a total of 64 (sixty-four) squares
Cut your batting into 7″ squares for a total of 30 (thirty) squares
Set 1 flannel square face down.
Place 1 piece of batting in the center of the square.
Set another piece of flannel right-side-up on top to complete the sandwich.
Add pins on each side to hold everything in place.
Sew an “X” through the center of the flannel square. (I highly recommend a walking foot if you have one.)
Repeat 29 more times.
Putting the Quilt all together.
Arrange all the blocks in the order you like them.
Now you are going to sew all the blocks together.
Take 2(two) blocks and put them Wrong Sides Together (WST). This is different than you normally sew pieces together so I sometimes have to stop to think and make sure I’m doing it right.
Sew about 1 inch from the edge. First sew everything into groups of two and then sew the two into rows. (If this doesn’t make sense, it is okay because you can sew them in any order.)
Whenever you come to seams when you are joining groups Make sure the seams are pressed open!
Make sure seams are open
Keep joining blocks or rows together until the quilt top is the size you want it.
Once the quilt is all together. Sew around the outside of the quilt 1 inch from the edge. This will close off the ends.
Finishing the quilt
Now, you just need to make all those little clips in the seams. Take your time.
Carefully cut the seams making sure you don’t cut the sewing line. Stay a good 1/8th of an inch away.
Your hands will get tired from making all these cuts so if this is a gift with a deadline allow yourself time to do the clipping. (Don’t try to do it all in one sitting!)
Now wash your quilt and dry in a dryer.
The more you do this the fuzzier the seams will look. Make sure you empty your lint trap often because you are going to get a lot of fuzzies.
My mom, who has made innumerable rag quilts recommends a trip to the laundry-mat for this job.
My kitty loves the warmth of flannel.
I have finished the quilt. I just forgot to take a picture of it and it is gloomy and dark here today so I will add one when the weather cooperates.
Have you ever made a rag quilt?
Have a quilty day!