Nothing beats a soft, cozy quilt! If you are looking for the ultimate in comfort, you must make a rag quilt. Despite its name, this type of quilt isn’t really made out of rags. It gets its name because instead of sandwiching the seams inside the quilt, they are sewn in a way that leaves them exposed on the outside. The extra fabric that is found in the seam allowance is becomes frayed or ragged, hence the name. Those raggedy edges become softer after washing.
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What is a rag quilt?
Rag quilts are not created in the same manner as quilting a typical quilt. A quilt-as-you-go technique is used instead! Each block consists of three layers (top, batting and backing) that are sandwiched together and quilted. Once all of the blocks are quilted, they are sewn together to make the finished quilt. The exposed edges are snipped and the quilt is washed, allowing it to fray in the desired fashion. Rag quilts are a welcome alternative to regular quilts, and they sew up very quickly.
Are you interested in learning how to quilt? Rag quilts are the perfect project to start on. Basic skills, like rotary cutting and precision piecing can be learned and practiced sufficiently. Since the edges are frayed and there is no binding, beginners are less likely to be intimidated. Another bonus is that the quilting is done on small individual squares rather than the large quilt. This is much easier than wrestling with a large quilt during the quilting process.
Rag quilts can be made out of so many different fabrics. Check out your fabric stash and scrap bins, you may have everything you need right on hand! Flannel, denim, fleece, minky and quilting cottons are great options for rag quilts.
Are you interested in making a rag quilt of your own? There are plenty of rag quilts patterns in the Craftsy shop to get you started! Here are a few favorites:
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Basic rag quilt
If you’d like to make a simple square rag quilt, this pattern is for you! This PDF file consists of 8 pages that are filled with over 20 color photos and clear instructions to will walk you through the process of making your own cozy quilt.
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Twisted rag quilt
Try a different layout with the Twisted Rag Quilt pattern. Two sizes are included, as well as the designers tips and secrets to making a great rag quilt. A unique rope finish is used for the edges! Quilts finish at approximately 68" by 68" and 48" by 48".
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Summer in the Park
Switch up your quilt by adding shapes! This pattern will teach you how to make a traditional rag quilt with charming hearts and circles of shapes. Full-size templates are included!