How to Make a Rag Quilt (the Easy Way)

3 Materials
6 Hours

If you have a free afternoon you’d like to spend in a creative way, this project can be just what you were looking for.Baby quilts are so versatile, that you can use them as chair covers, miniature blankets, wall decorations, and more. This DIY rag quilt doesn’t just look great, it’s fairly easy to make and it has a specific look that distinguishes it from most quilts in its class.

If you have a free afternoon you’d like to spend in a creative way, this project can be just what you were looking for.

Just look at this close-up. Aren't the seams beautiful?

Prepare the fabric

You will need 20 fabric squares equal in size, in various colors, measuring from 4 to 12 inches, depending on your preference. Cut the pieces out and plan how you’re going to arrange them in a 5 x 4 grid.

Cut additional 20 squares from designated back fabrics and 20 more from the middle fabric, all in the same dimensions as the colorful ones.

Stack the squares

Place a back fabric square on your workspace with its right side down. Place a middle fabric square over it and align the edges. Set a front fabric square over the two with its right side up, align the edges, and pin the layers together. Do this with all of the remaining squares.

Finish the rag quilt

Set two fabric sandwiches on top of each other with their wrong sides in and stitch them together at one side using a half-inch seam allowance. Unfold the two and set another square sandwich over one of them, again with their wrong sides in, and sew them together at one side in the same manner.

Keep doing this until you finish one row of your quilt. Then move on to the next row and proceed in the same fashion until you make all rows. Join the rows with a half-inch seam allowance to form the quilt. Then topstitch all around the quilt with the same seam allowance.

The finishing touch you’ll give this adorable quilt is the ragged borders between the squares. Snip the seams between the squares to make them frayed and give the quilt its characteristic feature.

Your new quilt is ready to make your home more comfortable and more beautiful. Try making a couple of these with different color combinations and find the one you like the most. Have fun sewing!

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Suggested materials:
  • Cotton fabric
  • Fleece
  • Lining fabric
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