Some Bunny Loves You: Easy Rag Quilt Tutorial

My mom (aka Grandma Jane) is here today sharing a tutorial for these adorable rag quilts she made for my little ladies. Mom made these quilts for the girls when we came to visit for Easter. She had each of the girls quilts laying out on the guest bed upon our arrival. It was SO sweet. Even though they have bunnies on them, they can be used year round. The girls have been sleeping with theirs nightly because they are so warm and cuddly.
You are going to love this easy quilting tutorial…….definitely a great beginner project, but a fun one for seasoned pros as well! And here’s Grandma Jane……. 
The Cottage Mama and her family coming to Texas for Easter was certainly a reason to make a new quilt (or two) out of the darling AneelaHoey line, Posy, by Moda

(This line can be purchased from several blog sponsors here at The Cottage Home)
I love the cuddly, soft  look of a rag quilt and when you need a super quick project—a layer cake, 3 ¼ yards of flannel backing and about a  yard of 96 inch wide batting (or scraps) is the recipe for a very nice size throw—just right for our little ladies, Matilda Jane and Savannah Rose. (Caspian got his I Spy Animals rag quilt this past Christmas so it was the girls’ turn.) 
Easy Rag Quilt Tutorial
by Grandma Jane for The Cottage Mama

Instructions: 

Step 1:       Cut (42) 10” x 10”squares of backing flannel fabric.

Step 2:       If you are not using a layer cake, you will need 3 ¼ yards of fabric to cut (42) 10 inch squares.

Step 3:       Cut (42) 8 ½” x 8 ½” squares of batting (I used scraps and took care to use white for the light colored squares so the darker cream colored batting did not show through.) 

Step 4:       Lay a flannel square with wrong side up.  Center a batting square on the flannel and top with a layer cake piece-right side up.  You now have the wrong sides of the fabric together with the batting inside.  It’s a mini-quilt sandwich! Pin together with at least two pins.  Stack them up.

Step 5:       Sew an “X” across each square. I marked mine with a ruler disappearing fabric marker as I sewed each square to keep things straight. This is your “quilting” so you could get fancy at this point in time and quilt some other design on the blocks.

Step 6:       I substituted a white square with embroidery personalization on each quilt. If you do this, I recommend using a fusible batting or web to hold the batting in place for that square only as you do not have the secure “X” quilting across the block. This embroidery design was a built-in design on the Baby Lock Unity sewing and embroidery machine.

Step 7:       Arrange your blocks six blocks wide by seven down.

 

Step 8:       Stitch blocks in rows with backing sides together using a 5/8 inch seam.  Yes, you will have the unfinished edges on the front of the quilt. Adjust your seam allowance a little if necessary but you don’t want to catch the batting in the seam allowance. 

Step 9:       Stitch the rows together and then stitch all the way around the quilt 5/8 inch from the edges.

 

Step 10:   Now sit down in a comfy chair and get ready to do some clipping! These little spring-release clippers make clipping the seams much easier on your hands. Clip all seams and outside edge, evenly at about 3/8 inch intervals, taking care not to clip the stitching of the seam.  

 

Step 11:   I added an embroidered quilt label on the back and used the extra layer cake piece to frame it. Again, this was a built in font on my Baby Lock sewing and embroidery machine.

Step 12:   Washing a rag quilt is really important to get the exposed edges fuzzy and make it all soft and cuddly. Caution! The lint created in your washer and dryer is really significant so make sure you clean out the lint trap. (If you have a really large quilt, it might be a good idea to take it to a Laundromat and use a commercial washer and dryer.)

Enjoy!!! I think you will love how quickly a rag quilt comes together. There are some really great looking ones out there done with strips of fabric, too.  Note: Rag quilts are not the best quilts for babies and infants as the lint and fuzziness could be a problem for little ones. 

 

~ Grandma Jane
 
Thanks so much, Mom! You are the best…..it’s so fun to have you come on the blog. I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial, if you’d like to check out more projects and tutorials from Grandma Jane, you can click HERE.
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20 Comments

  1. Great tutorial, as always! Thanks Grandma Jane 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment……it’s so much fun to be able to share this blog experience with my mom. I really appreciate your sweet words! Lindsay

  2. I love rag quilts! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

  3. I have always wanted to make a rag quilt. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  4. Oh….I just love this tute! I might try this soon. I could probably finish this one….:)

  5. Those are so adorably cute!
    Thanks for the excellent tutorial too.
    I need to find one for a twin size quilt.
    I will check your links.
    Cindy

  6. Love it! Rag quilts are on my to do list. Long list! But this has motivated me once again! 🙂 Thanks x

  7. Just so incredibly gorgeous Lindsay – I am in awe. Lovely.

  8. Another great tutorial…thanks! Carlyn

  9. I love this tutorial! The size that you made, would that be good for a child, or an adult?
    Thanks so much!

  10. What a precious pattern! My readers at FaveQuilts would love it.

    Kathryn

  11. I have always wanted to make a rag quilt. This tutorial explained it perfectly. This size is perfect for my grandchildren. Do you have information for a twin-sized quilt. I would love to make one for my Mother. Does it have to be made in flannel. I found some wonderful French motif fabric designs in 100% cotton as my Mom is French. Would that work or not? Thanks for your tutorial and help! Suzette

    • I’ve made non-flannel rag quilts from fleece and quilting cotton. It works just fine! You may want to snip a bit closer for more fraying.

  12. I love making rag quilts! Those are THE BEST snips for the job, too. I do use electric scissors if my arthritis/carpal tunnel syndrome is acting up.

    Do NOT leave the house while you’re drying one of these, and yes, clear the lint trap often. If not, your thermostat thingy can overheat, or worse, your dryer could catch fire! 😉

    • Oh, and I’ve made flannel and fleece ones without batting. I’ve also used flannel for batting with other flannel or with quilting cotton. Clearance flannel sheet sets (from my fave – Target) are fun to use for the main fabric, backing, or batting (depending on if it’s a solid or print). I’ve gotten king-size sheet sets at Target for $8 – a TON of great fabric!

  13. That is a great tutorial. Thanks for the pictures. One question–do you need a walking foot to quilt the “X” across the batting sandwich? Thanks.

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