Rag Quilt Free Pattern

I make no apologies for the number of pictures of this one, we love it here!  If you buy the squares pre cut you can create one of these great quilts in 3-4 hours plus washing and drying time, and they look so effective.

rag quilt
 Finished Size: Approx 44” Square


50 x 10” squares of fabric (we used Riley Blake Enchant Collection).
50 x 8.5” squares of batting (you could use flannel fabric).
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Cut all of your squares (you can buy all our fabrics precut into 10”, 8.5”, 5” and 3.5” squares, look at individual fabric pages or click here to look at bundles of fabric you can buy in a range of sizes).  Sort the main fabric squares into two piles, 25 for the front and 25 for the back.

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If you have bought this quilt as a kit you will find you already have the template that the sketch below shows you how to make.  If you are making the quilt out of your stash we strongly recommend making a template out of plastic or stiff cardboard as it takes a lot of the pain out of making up your quilt squares!

making template

Take your 1st 10” square from your quilt front pile, place it in front of you so you are looking at the wrong side (the back).  Place your template on top and place your batting in the space in the middle.  Remove your template and place a piece of fabric from your quilt back pile on top, so that the corners line up with the bottom piece of fabric. 

 TOP TIP: We used the same colours on both sides of each of these quilt sandwiches, so that when you turned the finished quilt over you didn’t end up with two pieces of the same colour next to each other.

Pin together then sew a cross through the sandwich, from corner to corner, you can do this by eye, use a pen that has ink that disappears when washed or as it dries in the air, or fold each top square in half diagonally and iron the crease into the fabric to use as a guide.

sewing cross

Repeat the last two steps with all your fabric pieces, you will end up with 25 ‘sandwiches’.

Lay your pieces out and arrange into your desired pattern, from this point on, the side you are looking at will be called the front, and the other side of the quilt the back.

pattern together

Take your first two pieces and put together so that the backs are facing each other.  Pin together and sew a ¾” seam down the adjoining side (the seam will run along the edge of the batting in the middle of each quilt sandwich). Open up and you will see that the raw edges are on the front of the quilt pieces sewn together.  
pieces together

Go back to your quilt pieces and add the next sandwich to the chain, always remembering to place the pieces together so that the backs are touching.  Continue until you have completed one row.

Place this row to one side (or back in your pretend quilt quilt on the floor!) and start the next row.  Continue this process until all your squares are sewn into rows.

line made up

Now you need to sew the rows together.  Take the first row and place the second row on top, backs touching (you should be able to see the raw/rag edges on both sides).  Pin together, taking care to make sure the joins between squares line up.  Then sew a ¾” seam as before. 
lines together

Open up and you should find the raw edges are on the same side as the raw edges in each row.  Continue in this way adding all the rows together.

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Now sew a ¾” top seam around the outside of the quilt, again this will be in line with the batting in the middle of the quilt sandwiches.

outside seam

Now get comfy as the next step takes a while!  Take a pair or sharp scissors and snip into all the raw edges at regular intervals.

snipped edges
 TOP TIP: The corners can be tricky as the fabric is sewn down into the adjoining square and snipping into the fabric can be hard unless you have super sharp scissors.  I found the easiest method for cutting in the corners was to stab the scissors through the raw edge fabric, once the initial hole was there I could rip the scissors up to the edge or use the hole to cut a line up to the raw edge.

Now put your quilt in the washing machine, once washed tumble dry it, the tumble dryer action will create the fluffy edges on the squares.

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You have finished your quilt!

Fabrics used: Riley Blake Enchant Collection from Cinderberry

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