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Rag Style Quilt
For a quick and easy quilt project, try a rag style
quilt. In this technique, each square of the quilt is
assembled and quilted as you go. When the last squares are
joined, you’re done! It’s a great project for beginners
because it is very forgiving- minor errors are usually
invisible. Rag quilts have a very appealing and casual look.
Rag quilts make great
personalized and monogrammed gifts, and have a very
appealing, casual look. Fringe between each square creates a cozy throw for cool
To make this rag quilt you’ll need:
Sewing machine with walking foot
Rotary cutter and mat
Choosing your supplies
- To enhance the look, choose a variety of fabrics with
lots of contrast. For a throw-sized quilt, you will need a
total of 11 ¼ yards of fabric and twin size batting.
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- Cottons and Flannels both fray nicely.
- This is a great quilt for using up scraps! Or, if you
prefer a more coordinated look, chose 4-5 fabrics in two
- Size: Twin.
- Cotton batting is recommended so that fabric and
batting shrinkage is consistent and the finished quilt is
smooth with no puckers or wrinkles.
- Cotton batting is very easy to cut with the rotary
- Warm & Natural cotton batting is preferred
Cutting your fabric
Throw size (as pictured) 7 squares per row x 9 rows
64 x 9” squares
248 x 5 ½” inch squares
32 x 6 ¾ squares
124 x 3 ¼ squares
No additional cuts are needed. This quilt is self-backed and
needs no binding.
Cutting the squares
Using a rotary cutter and large mat, you can quickly cut
your squares. Pile them by color for easy assembly. It’s
important to carefully measure your squares and preserve the
finished size of your squares. A cardboard or clear template
can be very helpful in keeping the sizes consistent. Place
the seams so that the inner distance between squares remains
the dame to ensure that the seam lines throughout the quilt
will be aligned correctly.
Assembly & Sewing
Assemble each square by making a “sandwich”. Place batting
between two pieces of fabric, rights sides showing. (You are
placing the cotton batting between the top and bottom layers
of the quilt.) Four of the smaller squares will be the same
size as one of the larger squares. Quilt each individual
square in the pattern you’ve chosen.
Quilt each individual square as desired. An “X” quilting
pattern was used in this sample.
When you’ve assembled all your squares, it’s time to arrange
the final quilt composition. Lay out the squares on a large
surface, such as a dining table or a clean floor. Arrange
the squares in a pleasing pattern. Pin each row together and
stack for storage.
Place your first two squares with wrong sides together and
stitch leaving a - inch seam allowance. This will eventually
be your fringe. Add the third square, wrong sides together;
making sure that the seam allowance is on the correct side.
Continue this process until the entire first row is sewn
Sew each row together is the same fashion. When you have
completed the process, it’s time to begin attaching the rows
together. As the quilt gets larger, it will be harder to
control while you’re sewing. Roll the portion you are not
working on and secure with quilt clips or safety pins.
Finishing the quilt
When you’ve sewn all your rows together, you’ll need to
stitch around the perimeter of the entire quilt to prevent
fraying of the edges. Leave a seam allowance of about ¾” to
1”. You’ll have one smooth side and one fringed side.
Final step: Ragging
To complete the ragging process, clip by hand along the
exposed, raw edges about ¾ of an inch, leaving just ¼ inch
from the seams (to prevent fraying). Making snips every ¼ to
½ inch creates the studies and most fluffy fringe. The edges
as well as all interior seams will need to be snipped, so be
prepared for a long (but rewarding) task.
This part can take several hours, but it’s an easy to do
while watching your favorite movie of TV show. Fiskars brand
soft shears have a spring, which makes this job go much
Finished size approximately 48” x 62”