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Directions on how to make a Ragged Quilt

Directions on how to make a raggedy quilt, how to sew a rag quilt. Samantha makes a beautiful pink black and white raggedy quilt

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    "RAG QUILTS" are also known as "RAGGEDY QUILTS" or "Ragged quilts." They are fun, easy, and very rewarding to make.  Combining vintage fabrics, homespun fabrics, 100 % cotton fabric, and soft flannels give the best results in creating a beautiful and soft RAG QUILT.  Raggedy Quilts or Raggedy Quilt Throws edges are frayed and they are soft and warm. The throw or lap quilts are favorites among our readers.  They are large enough to snuggle with and wrap around you or put on your lap while watching a movie, and yet small enough to throw over the back of a chair or sofa. The can be useful and decorative.

These directions are for a small 26" X 34" raggedy quilt.  If you want it larger, cut out twice as many squares to double the quilt size.

First cut 96 six inch squares of different color fabric of your choice.  I am using flannel because I think they make the best rag quilts. Use flannel or cotton fabric. Then cut 48 four inch squares out of any size quilt batting you prefer.

Put one layer of batting between 2 layers of flannel.  Put the pretty sides of the flannel on both outsides. Pin your three layers of squares. 

Sew from corner to corner as shown in the picture to make a / across your square.

Then sew from the other corner to corner making an " X " on your square. Do this to ALL of your squares.


You should have 48 3 layered squares with an X in the middle.


Directions on how to make a raggedy quilt.

Once ALL of your squares have the " x " sewn, you are ready to put them together.  Start by pinning 2 squares together and sewing down the seam.  The larger your seam allowance is, the more your quilt will " rag ". I use a 1 inch seam allowance in my rag quilts.

Notice the large 1 inch seam allowance in the picture.

Do this to all of your squares.

You should have 24 of these as shown in the picture.

  Step-by-step instructions on how to sew a rag quilt.


Now put 2 sets of your 2 squares sewn together. Pin them as shown making sure you have pretty sides together. Sew down the side seam once again using a one inch seam allowance.

Do this to all of your double sets.  Now you will have sets of 4 squares.

You should have 12 of these 4 long squares sewn together.

  Easy to sew ragged quilt directions.


Once you have all your sets of four squares, now it is time to pin 2 sets of four squares.  Make sure you pin them pretty sides together. Sew down the side seam just as you did before, remember to use a one inch seam allowance.

Once you have done this your squares should be eight in a row as seen in this picture.

You should have 6 rows of eight squares.

  Sew a row of quilted squares to make a raggedy quilt.


Now you are ready to put the rows of eights together.  Start off by pinning two rows of eight pretty sides together. Make sure you match the seams of each square.  Sew down the long seam using a one inch seam allowance. Notice the picture.

You should have 3 of these double rows of eight squares.

Sew two rows together for your ragged quilt.
Continue to sew the long rows together until you have completed your quilt. Sew a one inch seam ALL THE WAY AROUND THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR QUILT. 

Clip EVERY SEAM ON YOUR QUILT.  The smaller the clipping, the more your quilt will be ragged.

Cut lots and lots of slits to make your quilt rag more.
Here is a picture showing how  EVERY seam is clipped.

Wash your quilt in cold/cold water.

Dry your quilt on tumble low.

Notice how awesome your rag quilt looks!!!!


Cut slits around your entire quilt to make it raggedy.



To Learn More About Rag Quilt Making  we suggest A Year of Rag Quilts.   It's our favorite Raggedy Quilting book to use in our studio.  Also, we offer free photographed instructions on "How to Make a Rag Quilt" as an excellent guide for rag quilting.


Raggedy quilts are SEW easy to make.

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