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:
Step 1 – Prepping the fabric
When making a quilt that is only flannel, you can just get started and not worry about washing it – you’ll do that later.
Step 2 – Assemble the Rag Quilt Block
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.
Minky / Fleece One Side Rag Quilt
For a lighter quilt you can have minky on one side and have 2 layers of flannel on the other.
Flannel Only Rag Quilt
For a warmer or heavier blanket you can also place a piece of batting between the layers of fabric.
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 minky to make sure it’s going the same way on both sides of the block.
Step 3 – Prepping the Quilt Blocks
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.
You can draw and x on each block using a ruler and a washable pen to help keep you lines straight.
Design your quilt by deciding on the order/ layout of your blocks. In the example my rag quilt is 4 blocks by 5 blocks.
Step 4 – Sew the Blocks into Rows
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 blanket.
Step 5 – Sew the Rows Together
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 on the seams out for best results when sewing through thick layers. With thick blocks ( like the one in the example) a walking foot and a longer stitch is best .
Step 6 – Snip the Seams to the 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. Try your best to keep it even, but it doesn’t have to be exact.
Step 7 – Wash the Rag Quilt
Wash your cuddle quilt to complete the ragging process. Throw in some old towels to help with the agitation. Do not use liquid fabric softener as that will gum up the ragged edges and the minky fibers.
Other Beginner Quilting Tutorials for you to enjoy:
- Quilt As you Go, Stitch N Flip Quilt
- How to Sew a Quilt the Easy Way
- Easy Pinwheel Quilt Block
- Summer Table Topper Quilt Tutorial
- Quilted Christmas Table Topper Tutorial
More Fleece Blanket Tutorials:
- How to make a no sew fleece tie blanket
- Duvet Cover
- Stitch ‘n flip quilt
- How to crochet the edge of a Fleece Blanket
- Fleece Blanket with a Satin Binding
- Self Binding Fleece Blanket
- Fleece Ribbon Throw
- You can see all of the blanket tutorials here
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Flannel is what is traditionally used as it frays nicely giving the fussy edge to it. Flannel can often be combined with fleece, minky or jersey knit to add more warmth and texture, but these materials do not fray.
This depends on how you want your rag quilt to look and feel. In quilting the traditional block sizes are 3″, 6″, 9″, 12″ and 15″. The smaller the block, the more blocks you will need to complete your rag quilt and the more “fuzzy edges” you’ll have. In this tutorial the block end up being 8.5″ ( taking away the 3/4 seam allowance from 10″). The truth is you can make the blocks any size you want under 12″. Anything larger than 12″ and the rag quilt doesn’t look as nice.
Wash as recommended for flannel. Be sure to toss in a few old towels with the quilt to help with balance and agitation. Do not use liquid fabric softener as this will cut up the ragging and make it less fluffy. Dry as normal, again with old towels to help agitation of the frayed seams.
A baby quilt is typically 30″ by 40″. Traditionally smaller squares are used for a baby rag quilt so 4″ work well. If you use a half inch seam allowance, You would want 140, 4″ squares to make a baby size rag quilt.
If you make larger squares your will need less fabric than if you make smaller squares as the smaller squares requires more seam allowances/ frayed edges. Also depending on how much fabric you choose to sandwich between each layer. 6 Yards of colorful fabric (exterior) and 3 yards of interior/ plain fabric should cover your needs for a traditional throw is 50″ by 65″.
Are Rag Quilts Easy?
They do require basic sewing skills and knowledge. But yes as a quilt they are very easy to make!
How many layers do you need for a rag quilt?
It depends on the thickness and fluffiness you desire. Most rag quilts consist of 3 to 4 layers some with a piece of batting in-between all the material. Because of this thickness a sturdy sewing machine is needed to sew through all the layers.
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