Wednesday, November 12, 2008

craft'in mama: Rag Quilts

My boys needed some new blankets and I have a niece with an adorable rag quilt that I wanted to mimic. They didn't appear difficult to make but I wanted to make sure I did it right. I searched the web for a tutorial for making these, but could not find one. I must not be searching the right venues because I am quite certain tutorials are out there somewhere. So I was left to my own devices. I borrowed the quilt from my niece and figured it out. Really, don't give me any credit because this is seriously an easy project. time consuming, yes. but easy!

First, cut out fabric squares - however you want to cut and how ever many you want in order to make the size of quilt you desire. Fold the fabric in half so that you are cutting two squares at a time. Keep the two squares together. You'll be sewing them together later.
To cut, I used what you see here.
Between you and me ... I can't cut a straight line, so I cheat!)

After you have all your squares, make sure they are in pairs and sew each pair together to form strips. I sewed mine together at 5/8. Depending on the end result you want, feel free to sew more or less than that.

Once the strips are sewn, you'll then sew each strip together forming the quilt.

Once all the strips are sewn together you'll have a quilt with a smooth side and a side with stitched ends.

Here comes the tedious part. Take a pair of scissors and cut tiny incisions along each of the stitched ends. I cut mine about 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart. Honestly, you don't need to be precise. Just be sure to stop the incision before cutting into your stitching.

After all the cuts are made, throw your quilt into the washer and dryer. This will fray the cut ends giving it the rag look.

My handsome little 3 year old is into Pirates. Naturally he choose this fabric.

And since my 16th month old Prince can't give me his opinion yet (well he can't verbalize it anyway!), I chose the blue, orange, green, & white for him.

Happy Sewing!


Carol VR said...

I know I'd found numerous tutorials in the past.

I think you have to look up "denim rag quilt".

I know it's primarily done with denim or flannel.

Word of advice... take it to the laundrymat the first time you wash it.

I've heard of people killing their washer from the lint it accumulates.

April said...

Those are so cute! Makes me want to go get some fabric and start on one right now. I just moved Sydney to a big bed and a rag quilt would be perfect...

The Yates said...

i love these. so adorable

the van den Eikhof family said...

You've been gettin' your craft on! Very cute. I'm sewing a quilt also. I started yesterday. I can't wait to show it to you at Thanksgiving.

Brian said...

I have seen similar blankets before, but thought they were too hard for me. You make it look simple! What kind of fabric did you use for the blankets? I was thinking of using my daughter's old receiving blankets. Thank you!-Whitney

heather said...

Whitney, I used flannel and so using those old receiving blankets would be a great idea!

Brian said...

Thank you! I am so excited to start one!-Whitney

Shelly said...

Your rag quilt turned out great!

I know it's too late buy I have several links to Rag Quilt patterns on my blog. There's also a cute rag quilt pattern on

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