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Rag Quilt! How-to make a rag quilt - Video


  • 8" squares of flannel (a 35" square blanket will take 1/2 yard each of 5 flannel patterns) Dimensions of your quilt will be determined by the # of squares you choose.
  • Spring action scissors recommended
  • Sewing machine
  • Optional-1 1/4 yards of batting

  1. Cut 8" squares out of all your prints.
  2. Take two squares of the same print (wrong sides together) and stitch together with a 1/2" seam. (Optional put 8" square of batting between the 2 pieces before stitching. After stitching a 1/2" seam around the edge, open the seam and trim away batting close to the seam without cutting seam. Top stitch an "X" over the block going from corner to corner.)
  3. Lay your sewn squares out to create your design (this quilt is 5 squares by 5 squares.).
  4. Sew the blocks together in strips. Do this by sewing the squares together with a 1/2" seam placing the backs of each square together and stitching. (I pinned my squares into strips and then sewed them together.)
  5. Once the strips are sewn together, sew the strips to one another with 1/2" seams and backsides together. Pin strips together being sure to match seams. (When matching seams pin first strip with seams pressed down and second strip seams pressed up.)
  6. Snip each seam and entire outer perimeter of quilt edge. Snip at 1/2" intervals and to within 1/8" of all seams. Be careful not to cut into the stitching.
  7. Now wash your rag quilt in warm water and detergent. Use no fabric softener (yet).
  8. Shake quilt well before drying (no dryer sheets). Clean lint trap once or twice during drying.
  9. Repeat wash and dry only this time, use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Clean lint trap half way thru.