HOW TO MAKE A RAG QUILT



Remember the
I shared with y’all a little while back?
I promised to show you how to make it and here I am with instructions!


northern cottage how to make a rag quilt


Ready. Set. Go!!

Now with any sewing project I share here, I need to preface that I don’t actually know how to sew.  I’m just going for it, playing, making mistakes.  So do you know what that means for you newbie seamstresses?
YOU CAN DO IT – too!

Really YOU CAN! 

This is a wonderful first quilting project to get your feet wet.
I don’t live in a big metropolitan area so had limited choices when it came to fabric but here is what I bought:

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* 5 coordinating pieces of flannel 
{1/2 yard each}
You can buy bigger pieces if you want and then use varying widths within this project, make this quilt bigger and/or use any leftover in your next project.
See – we’re flexible that way – no rules!

* Also bought 3 yards of white flannel (or other batting material like warm & natural for the inside) & had lots leftover

* you’ll also need Coordinating thread

I already had on hand a rotary cutter, clear ruler, cutting mat,
sewing machine and scissors


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Don’t be SCARED!! 

yes – this project does involve cutting and sewing.  But you can do it!


Ok let’s get cutting

For each section of the quilt you’ll cut a front piece and back piece as well as a smaller piece of the white flannel for the middle
so you’ll be making a little quilt sandwich with each section


Take your first piece of fabric and smooth it down on your cutting mat & place your ruler over the top and cut to how wide a piece you’d like.  

(I just did the width of my ruler the whole length of the material for all the pieces except the white in the middle was double that.)


Cut these pieces out of each fabric
(a front and back of each)


Now cut out all your middles of the white flannel.

So (example) if your top & bottom pieces are 6 x 36 in
then your white middle piece will be 5 x 35 in
Here’s a shot of the sandwich:

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Ok now let’s head to the sewing machine
with your sandwiches


Just a straight line of sewing
down the middle of each sandwich


Now lay out your quilt.  You can make it
symmetrical or not
(whatever is pleasing to YOUR eye)


Now line up one short edge of a piece 
{the other edge will probably be uneven} 
and pin these two pieces together the long way

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Sew these pieces together with a 1/2 inch allowance (this is what will become your ruffled rag edge on top)

Keep adding additional pieces
(with the exposed seams/rag edge on top)


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Now you have most of your quilt together


yay!

Notice how one edge is all lined up straight & the other edge might be a little uneven?

No problem, we’re just gonna trim the extra off

Pop it on your cutting mat, use your ruler to cut off the extra so your quilt is now square

You can bind your quilt or do a rag edge.  If you do a rag edge - now head back to the sewing machine and sew a seam (or two) all the way around your quilt

Next step is to start snipping for our rag edge
little snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip 
on all those exposed seams
(including around the outside edge
)


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ya got it? 

this part takes awhile and may involve some hand cramping from extended scissor usage - I snuggled up on the couch & vegged watching some tv with the kiddos while I did all my snipping!

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Now you really have the foundation of a quilt right?


Excited??

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I had heard washing a rag quilt in your home washing machine can wreak havoc due to the abundance of threads that come off (apparently you can really clog up your machine) so I went to
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It comes out all
ruffley and raggedy and delightful!!


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and it just gets
softer and lovelier
with each wash!


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I’ve since had a few trips to a more major metro area & stocked up on cool flannels for my next quilts

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enough for several new quilts

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mmmmm – aren’t those fabrics yummy?
now I just need to find a few spare moments to whip them together!
{that’s always the challenge, isn’t it?}


--------------------------------------


Again – don’t be scared!!
just cut, just sew, just do it!! 

It doesn’t matter if you mess up.  This quilt is very forgiving and won’t even really show if something is a teensy bit off. No one is gonna die in the making of this project
{unless you get out of control with your scissors!}


so just breathe and get going with it ok?
If you make a quilt I’d LOVE if you’d share your results with me!


xoxo!!





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HOW TO MAKE A RAG QUILT

Update:
I'm excited to announce that I've opened a little SHOP where you'll find cozy, cuddly, wonderful quilts all ready for you!





http://www.etsy.com/shop/NorthernCottage

After offering this original RAG QUILT tutorial a few years back, I had soooo many people ask if I could just make a quilt for them.  So...I'm keeping the tutorial available for those who wish to sew up their own, but for those who want the hard work done for them, I'd ♥ it if you'd visit the shop and consider ordering one for yourself or as a gift for someone you love.
  

Tip: I also offer RAG QUILT KITS with all the materials needed and even more detailed step-by-step instructions (learn from my experience making many, many quilts!) for you to sew your own treasured heirloom...
Check them out here - RaG QuiLT KiTS

 Snuggle On!!

Here's the original tutorial for you from when I made my first rag quilt waaaayyyyy back in the day....excuse the photo quality - this was from a LONG time ago (let's just say my photos have come a long way!)

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Remember the Ruffled RAG QUILT I shared with y’all a little while back?  I promised to show you how to make it and here I am with instructions!

northern cottage how to make a rag quilt
Ready. Set. Go!!

(I now make special shopping trips to select wonderful fabric!) but when I made my first quilt, I didn’t live in a big metropolitan area so had limited choices when it came to fabric but here is what I bought:

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* 5 coordinating pieces of flannel  (about 1/2 yard each}
You can buy bigger pieces if you want and then use varying widths within this project, make this quilt bigger and/or use any leftover in your next project.
See – we’re flexible that way – no rules!

* Also bought 3 yards of white flannel (or other batting material like warm and natural for the inside) and had lots leftover

* you’ll also need Coordinating thread

I already had on hand a rotary cutter, clear ruler, cutting mat, sewing machine and scissors
--------------------------------------
Don’t be SCARED!! 
yes – this project does involve cutting and sewing.  But you can do it!

Ok let’s get cutting....

For each section of the quilt you’ll cut a front piece and back piece as well as a smaller piece of the white flannel for the middle so you’ll be making a little quilt sandwich with each section

Take your first piece of fabric and smooth it down on your cutting mat and place your ruler over the top and cut to how wide a piece you’d like.  

(I just did the width of my ruler the whole length of the material for all the pieces except the white in the middle was double that in width)

Cut these pieces out of each fabric (a front and back of each).  Now cut out all your middles of the white flannel a touch narrower than your outside pieces

Here’s a shot of the sandwich:
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Ok now let's head to the sewing machine with our sandwiches.  Just a straight line of sewing down the middle of each.

Now lay out your quilt.  You can make it symmetrical or not (whatever is pleasing to YOUR eye!)  Now line up one short edge of a piece {the other edge will probably be uneven} and pin these two pieces together the long way
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Sew these pieces together with a 1/2 inch allowance (this is what will become your ruffled rag edge on top).  Keep adding additional pieces (always sewing with the exposed seams/rag edge on top).
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Now you have most of your quilt together - yay!  Notice how one edge is all lined up straight and the other edge might be a little uneven?  No problem, we’re just gonna trim the extra off.  Pop it on your cutting mat, use your ruler to cut off the extra so your quilt is now square.  You can bind your quilt or do a rag edge.  If you do a rag edge - now head back to the sewing machine and sew a seam (or two) all the way around your quilt.

Next step is to start snipping for our rag edge - a million little snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snip, snips on all those exposed seams - just be careful not to cut through your seams
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ya got it?   this part takes awhile and may involve some hand cramping from extended scissor usage - I snuggled up on the couch and vegged watching some tv with the kiddos while I did all my snipping!
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Now you really have the foundation of a quilt right?  Excited??
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home 008 (2)
I had heard washing a rag quilt in your home washing machine can wreak havoc due to the abundance of threads that come off (apparently you can really clog up your machine) so I went to the laundromat {read about my adventures here}
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Its worth it because it comes out all ruffley and raggedy and delightful!!
home 009 (2)
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and it just gets softer and lovelier with each wash!
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I’ve since had a few trips to a more major metro area and stocked up on cool flannels for my next quilts...enough for several new quilts
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mmmmm – aren’t those fabrics yummy?  now I just need to find a few spare moments to whip them together! {that’s always the challenge, isn’t it?}

Again – don’t be scared!! 
just cut, just sew, just do it!!  

It doesn’t matter if you mess up.  This quilt is very forgiving and won’t even really show if something is a teensy bit off. No one is gonna die in the making of this project {unless you get out of control with your scissors!}  so just breathe and get going with it, ok?  If you make a quilt I’d LOVE if you’d share your results with me!
xoxo!!
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