"How much fabric do I need to make a rag quilt?"
I get asked that question a lot, so here's your answer!
You will need the following information:
1. What size of squares are you going to cut?
2. How many different fabrics are you going to use?
3. How large do you want the quilt to be?
4. How wide is your fabric?
For our example, here are our answers:1. What size of squares are you going to cut? 6-inch
(This is a pretty standard size. If you use bigger squares, the project will be easier
and go faster.)
2. How many different fabrics are you going to use? three fabrics
3. How large do you want the quilt to be? 35” x 40”
4. How wide is your fabric? 43”
Now for the calculation!
Step 1: How many squares will you need?
Due to seam allowances, the finished quilt will have squares that are one inch smaller than what you cut. For example, since we are cutting 6-inch squares, the finished quilt will show 5-inch squares. The additional one inch is in the fringe.
Our finished quilt is 35” x 40”. That means it will have 7 squares in each row, and it will have 8 rows.
|Figuring out the number of squares needed for your quilt.|
(Note: if you are using batting as the middle layer in your quilt, you will need to cut 56 squares of batting. Make them 5" squares so they won't show in the fringe.)
Step 2: How many squares of each print will you need?
Draw a picture of your quilt and label where you will use each fabric. I chose a very simple design for this example, but you be as creative as you want. Then count up the number of squares for each print. Don’t forget to multiply by 2 for the back of the quilt.
|Calculating the number of squares needed for each fabric used.|
Step 3: How much fabric will you need?
Now you need to figure out how many squares you can get out of the width of your fabric.
Our fabric is 43” wide, and we are cutting 6” squares. That means we can cut 7 squares out of the width of fabric.
In other words, for every 6” cut of our fabric, we can get 7 squares.
We need 38 squares of each print, so we need seven 6” strips of each of our fabrics. That is 42” of each of the three fabrics.
There you have it!
Do you have additional rag quilt questions? Leave a comment!