Rag quilt


You will need to choose your top fabric. You will also need a middle layer and a backing layer. All three layers will show on top as the ragged or frayed edges. Use cotton woven prints on top and flannel for the inner and back layers. Flannel is soft and cozy plus it frays really well.

To figure up your yardage of fabric you need to decide what size quilt you want to make and how many fabrics you will use. Remember that each quilt block will be 1″ smaller when finished because you will be using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Things you will need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Complimenting fabrics
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
  • Sewing pins
  • Iron
  • Ragging scissors are very helpful as well

Begin by prewashing all of your fabrics. You’ll typically be using 100% cotton fabric that will shrink. It can also bleed. I wash everything of like colors on warm with color catching sheets in the wash. Then dry them on high heat in the dryer. After they come out of the dryer iron each piece. Now we are ready to cut out our individual blocks.

You will need to cut your top, middle, and bottom blocks before you can sew. Once they are all cut out lay your quilt out on the floor to be sure the pattern works. You will want to have the layers all together at this point.

Next step is to sew an “X” across each block. You can use a ruler and a fabric marker to get a perfect “X” or you can just eyeball it, my preferred method. Make sure all three layers are even and sew from corner to corner.

Once all of the blocks are “X” ‘d you’re ready to begin putting your blocks together. This is the part that can get you. You have to remember to sew so that your seams are all exposed on top of the quilt. Goes against every sewing bone in your body to do this. Place the back sides of your blocks together and sew at a 1/2″ seam. Once you’ve finished each row you can sew them together. Again, make sure you are sewing your seams on top.

When your whole quilt is pieced together you need to sew all the way around the outside of the quilt at a 1/2″ seam.

Now you need to snip all of the seams and around the outside on the blanket at 3/8″-1/2″ apart. No need to be exact, just snip along. Be careful to not cut into your stitching. Rag quilting scissors are almost a must. They have a spring to help you snip right along. double and triple check your quilt for missed seams.

Now wash  and dry the quilt several times to promote the seams to fray a lot. After it comes out, check the quilt to make sure you didn’t snip any of stitching and cause a seam to come apart. That’s it, all there is to it. A beautiful rag quilt to enjoy or gift to someone else to enjoy!


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