Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rag Quilts

 A friend of mine gave me an entire bin of cute boy and girl flannel fabrics and I've been trying to work my way through them so I can give her the bin back.  :)

Some of the flannel was already cut into blocks (huge smile)!!  I usually do rag quilts with 4" squares, but, this one is done with 10" ones and it went together so dang quick, probably start to finish a hour, maybe.
If you've never done a rag quilt before, they are pretty easy.  All you do is cut your flannel to the size you want for your blocks.  You are going to want to add on an extra inch for seam allowance.  So say, these ones are 10", they are 9" blocks after being sewn.

Then cut your batting a bit smaller than you cut your blocks, for this quilt they were 8".  I like to use the warm and natural 100% cotton batting because nothing annoys me more than polyester.  It's icky.  And smells weird.  Anyway, my own pet peeve, just ignore that part if you love it.  :)

Take 2 blocks of flannel and 1 of batting.  Sandwich the batting between the blocks, right sides out.  Then top stitch and "X" with your machine completely across the blocks and batting.  That's one block finished!  Repeat until you have your desired number of blocks done.  Then sew them into rows using 1/2" seam allowance.  After your entire quilt is pieced, once side should look smooth and nice like a normal pieced quilt top.  One side should have all the 1/2" seams hanging out.  You want to sew all the way around the outside of your quilt too with the 1/2" seam allowance.

Take your scissors, and this will feel really wrong, but snip those 1/2" seams nearly to the stitch line and keep going over the entire quilt like that.  Be VERY careful not to cut into your seam though.  You'll have a hole!  After it's all snipped through all the blocks and all the way around the outside of the quilt, throw it into the washing machine.  Make sure no clothing is in there with it, or they will be covered in lint forever and ever and ever!

Wash it, dry it.  And then get your vacuum and clean out your machine after, because man, it is messy. It turns out so soft and cuddly though.  Makes me want another baby just thinking about tiny quilts.  :)


  1. We have a large one of these with denim on the frayed side, and flannel on the flat. It's a perfect picnic blanket and a fun way to use old jeans!

  2. hey! I just awarded you the Stylish Blogger Award on my blog over @

  3. Thanks Mia! What a great idea! I'll have to try that because I am always wondering what the heck to do with all the jeans that get holes in the knees around here. Now I know! :)

  4. Wow, I am honored Shannon! And can I just say, I love your site?!! You have some really fantastic ideas on there. Thanks so much!

  5. Great idea! Especially the baby part :)