If you have never made a quilt before, a rag quilt is a great place to start. Even if you are new to sewing, I promise that you can make a gorgeous rag quilt! I am going to walk you through the step by step process of how to make a rag quilt. If after you have read through the tutorial you still have questions, please feel free to contact me. Unless you are asking questions about math, like how much fabric you will need to make "x" size of quilt. I stink at math. I have no idea how to figure out how much fabric you need for a queen size. . .or exactly how much of each fabric you should buy. . . or anything that involves numbers. Trust me, you do not want my help in the math department. I usually depend on the ladies at the fabric store for all those questions.
I know it seems a little crazy, but I find it very therapeutic to work on baby projects. My latest was making a rag quilt. Just finished it this weekend. I've always loved them and wondered how they were made. My friend Tracie (who is hopefully picking up her daughter from Korea this week), showed me how. It's really quite simple, but does involve a few steps. I worked up some rag quilt directions for you just in case you have a hankering to make a stinkin' cute baby blanket.
Baby Rag Quilt Tutorial
-Flannel is the best fabric for rag quilts, because it frays the best.
-Cotton also works really well, it just doesn't make seams that are quite as soft and fluffy. -Minky does not fray, so it isn't the best choice for a rag quilt. You can use it on one side, but if you use it on both your seams won't fray, they will just look sloppy. If you do decide to use it on one side, I'd recommend using flannel for the other side.
-If you use cotton or flannel, I recommend washing the fabric first. If you use minky, you don't need to because it doesn't shrink.
Hope that helps clear up confusion. 1-The first thing you need to do is pick a pattern for your quilt, then decided the size you want it to be. I cut up a bunch of little 1" squares so I could arrange them in different patterns. I tried a few and liked this one the best:
9- Now it is time to sew your rows together. Yippee!
Take the first row and lay it right side down. Place the second row on top, right side up.
Match up all the seams and pin them together:
Then place pins in between the seams:
Now sew down the side, using a 1/2" seam. Sometimes it is a little tricky getting it even. I had to kind of push the top fabric through so that it wouldn't bunch at the seams.
Keep pinning and sewing until you have them all sewn together.
11-When you are done, you will need to sew around the edge of the quilt. Sew a straight stitch all the way around the edge, using a 1/2" seam.
12-Now it's time to clip those seams! Put in a movie, because this part takes awhile. You will need really sharp scissors. Just go around the entire quilt, clipping every seam. I made cuts about 1/2" apart. You want to get close to the thread, but MAKE SURE YOU DON'T CUT IT!
13-Clip off all of the loose threads on the back and front of the quilt.
We are getting soooo close:
14-Your rag quilt looks pretty great at this point, but to really fluff up those seams, you need to wash and dry it. I did mine in cold water on the permanent press cycle, then dried it on high heat. When it comes out, voila:
If you love the rag quilt look as much as I do, you might want to check out my Rag Quilt Baby Bibs. Super easy and super cute!