Learning how to make a rag quilt is easy! Rag quilts are a wonderful for a first time quilting project. They’re simple to make! This rag quilt uses cuddle or minky fabric for extra warmth. The combination of flannel and cuddle is wonderful to touch. This tutorial is geared towards beginners, with several videos that break down the steps to make it easy to follow.
For this project you will need:
2 Packages Girly Girl – 10 Inch Cuddle Charms – 20 Squares
( for the size in the example used two packages, this can vary with the block and size of quilt you make).
3 Yards of Flannel (again this can vary – you will need to calculate this to fit the quilt you make)
Ragging Shears (Optional, but highly recommended)
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How to make a rag quilt (easy beginner’s guide)
Basic Overview Video Tutorial Here, More Detailed Videos Below:
If you plan on using flannel filler, wash and dry the flannel then cut into 10 inch squares
Assemble the blocks to the rag quilt you desire. In the pattern example I’m making a block that is cuddle on the top and bottom with two layers of flannel between.
For a lighter rag quilt you can have minkey on one side and have 2 layers of flannel on the other.
For a warmer or heavier blanket you can also place a piece of batting between the minkey and flannel.
Tip on how to make a rag quilt: For easy and quick assembly make the block the same color on the top and the bottom. Also double check the nap of the fleece to make sure it’s going the same way on both sides of the block.
Sew each individual block to the rag quilt together with a diagonal seam across the block forming an x. When learning how to make a rag quilt – take your time on this step until you get the hang of it.
Design your quilt by deciding on the order of your blocks. In the example my rag quilt is 4 blocks by 5 blocks.
Sew each row of the blocks together. For the large blocks of a rag quilt I prefer a ¾ inch seam allowance. Double check the nap to make sure that it’s all going in the same direction on the rag quilt.
Sew the rows of blocks of the rag quilt together. Using the same seam allowance as you used on the blocks, sew the rows together. Be sure to fold or press oin the seams out for best results when sewing through thick layers. With thick blocks ( like the one in the example) a walking foot is best for how to make a rag quilt.
Time to cut up all your hard work. Using scissors or ragging shears snip the seam allowance about a quarter inch to a half inch apart.
Wash your cuddle quilt to complete the ragging process.
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