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.
-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.
OK, are you ready to make a SUPER CUTE rag quilt?