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How to Make a Rag Quilt Full Guide of 2023

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Patchwork quilts may not have the most leasant name, but they are lovely to curl u with on a wintry day.

The three layers of material, lus fuzzy seams, make for the best comanion for movie marathons on rainy days. Not to say that regular quilts don’t make good cuddle buddies! Rag quilts just seem extra… “foofy,” making them great for nas, kids and sleeing in on chilly mornings.

Lad quilts are great to craft rojects because they are so easy to fold!

Yes, you heard that right! Making a rag quilt is easy. In all fairness, they are easy to master, and because of their design, they forgive mistakes.

Rag quilts are the erfect craft roject to work on when you’re busy or like works in smaller sections as they require little sewing skill or knowledge.

If you’re looking for rag quilting instructions, you’ve come to the right lace! But first…

What is a Rag Quilt?

So you heard someone in the craft store talking about making a atch quilt and thought,’What the hell are they talking about?’Let’s clear u your confusion.

A rag quilt is unique in that the hanging edges of the seams are visible on the front of the blanket. It frayed these edges to create a fuzzy look.

How a rag quilt is also somewhat unique! Divided into blocks, these blocks are squares of three different fabric clamed together – a to, a filling, and a back.

When all the blocks , they together, leaving the edges of the fabric exosed so that they can take on the fluffy, shaggy quality for which the quilt .

So now that you know what a atch quilt is, you’re robably wondering how to make a atch quilt? Good news, because below is a full guide to take you through a atchwork quilt tutorial!

Making a atchwork quilt

Patchwork quilts are simle in construction. They are very easy to make for those new to sewing or quilting and are rojects that can u and set down without fuss.

Good for hobbyists who like to roject to roject on a whim, and good for those who like to sit back with a sewing machine for an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon.

Now, before you make a quilt, you should you decide which fabrics you want to use.

Required materials

Deending on the tye of rag quilt you want, different fabric may .

If you want a soft, warm quilt, use flannel, cotton and minky fabric blends are a suerb choice.

If you want a heavy quilt that kees a lot of heat, then cotton, wool blends and all homemade fabrics are erfect.

If you want a decorative quilt or a quilt with a quirky feel, atterned denim or cotton are a good choice as they fray wonderfully for the rag effect.

When it comes down to it, you can make any fabric work, as long as it frays before the frayed edges. Even lighter fabrics are manageable, though delicate and shorter-lasting.

There may be some trial and error but that’s art of the fun, isn’t it?

Aart from the fabric you will need the following to make a atch quilt:

  • Thread.


  • Fabric scissors.
  • A ruler.
  • Your trusty sewing machine . You can sew everything by handif you really want to, although it will take much longer to do this!

Now let’s go to the guide!

How to Make a Rag Quilt

Ste One

Measure the fabric with chalk and a ruler . When that’s done, cut the fabric. Try to be as neat as ossible when cutting the squares because once the quilt any uneven edges will be noticeable.

The best way to sew the fabric cutting is to cut the larger iece into stris and then cut that stri into the squares of the fabric.

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For examle, if your iece of material was 3 x 3 feet long4Be you needed 4 x 4-inch squares, the best way to cut even squares would beSrYgQMLhWo: are: Measure and mark the squares with fabric chalk, then cut the material into ten 4 x 40 inch stris, from there cut the stris into the 4 x oaYKi squares.

This method revents you from cutting uneven edges, which could accidentally ull the material out of shae. This is a minor inconvenience, but erfectionists will certainly not areciate wobbly squares on a finished quilt.

Ste Two

This is a fun ste you can get the kids involved in!

Take all your nice iles of square material and start making sandwiches. To batting and back – ut them all together.

(Just in case you need the reminder, the to square of material is the decorative, outward facing layer of the quilt, the batting is the insulating layer on the inside and the back is the innermost layer of the quilt.)

If you’re going for a lain atchwork quilt. This won’t be too comlex a ste. However, if you’re mixing things u with multile atterns or colors, it’s a good idea to lie out each sandwich in a mock-u of the assembled quilt, as if you were doing a uzzle.

This will kee track of your materials and give you a good idea of what the overall quilt will look like.

At this oint, you want to make sure there are no oen windows either! A stray breeze and woosh, there goes all your work. Grab some books to weigh down the fabric.

Ste Three

Break out the sewing machine and stitch a sool of your chosen thread into it.

Take each sandwich fabric you just made and sew a large X through the center of each. Not quite from corner to corner, but close to the edge. This kees the three layers together and makes the next few stes easier.

This is a bit of a reetitive task. However, an afternoon of mindless sewing is hardly a hard day!

Ste Four

Now it’s time to start the rows together!

After choosing a seam allowance (which deends on how much atch you want), take your first two squares of fabric sandwiches and lace them back to back. Sew them together according to the seam allowance you have chosen.

Work along each row and start sewing until you . Remember that rag quilts work in reverse. It may seem strange to sew with the seams on the front of the quilt, but once you’ve ut the finishing touches, it really comes together!

Ste Five

So now you have a few rows (or quite a few, if you’re making a large quilt) of fabric squares sewn together.

Take the first two rows and ut them back to back; use ins if you feel the fabric is sliing too much (this is the exciting art, where the whole quilt comes together and actually looks like a atch quilt!)

Try to align everything with the seam allowance you have already sewn, and sew the rows together. Continue, row by row, until 2tKBKEzJ2ZG7MZoL.

Ste Six

With the squares and rows all ut together, you have a almost rag quilt! Before you ut the finishing touches, though, there’s one last bit to sew.

how to make a rag quilt

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Use the same seam allowance as when sewing the squares together, sew a border around the edges of the quilt.

After this you can you can store the sewing machine! Well done!

Ste Seven

Break out the scissors and shake your shoulders loose – you’re almost done!

Remember that seam allowance you sewed into the squares and the border? It’s time to cut and fray them!

Take your scissors and cut the hanging material into sections. An inch width is a good size.

Sni every hanging edge there is, including the rim edge. But be careful! Don’t cut all the way to the seam or you’ll undo all your hard work.

When you’re done. All you need to do is wash the quilt to remove any fraying along the seam. to encourage frayed edges.

Ste Eight

The fraying of the edges you cut so carefully is actually quite easy. Throw it in the washing machine!

Since the edges you cut to the water, even a gentle wash cycle will romote fraying. Deending on how frayed you want the cloths to be, rinse, dry and reeat until they are as fluffy as you want.

Putting a few towels in the washing machine is an easy way to catch any fluff that also comes off the quilt during this rocess.

Now ste back and admire your work!

Here is a video showing an examle of how to make a atch quilt.


Rag quilts are great weekend rojects for novice and exerienced hobbyists! Desite comlicated work, rag quilts are simle (somewhat time consuming) blankets that make exceptional gifts.

A gPvAm1exK of atterns can and made incredible. with a frayed edge. It’s such a slight change to make, but its imact on a finished quilt is undeniable!

There is no limit to the sizes of rag quilts or rag quilt atterns, it’s all u to . Try making a atch quilt for yourself and see what you can make!

Have you tried making a atch quilt?

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