Friday, November 16, 2012

Oh So Cozy Flannel Rag Quilt Tutorial

Oh So Cozy Flannel Rag Quilt Tutorial

Finished size 48” x 54”

This flannel rag quilt is cozy, but not too bulky. It has one layer of flannel on top and one layer of flannel on the bottom – nothing in between. For variations on this quilt, see the end of this post.

Use ½ inch seams. Use a small stitch, and make sure your sewing machine needle is sharp.

Fabrics: This quilt uses 3 prints and one solid. In the Quilt Design, the prints are labeled 1, 3, 4. The solid is labeled 2.

Fabric Requirements
Flannel Fabrics Used
Exact Amount Needed
(fabric needs to be at least 42” wide)
Amount to Purchase
# Squares Needed
1 yard
2 1/3 yards
1 yard
1 yard


 Step 1: Cut the correct amount of 7” squares (according to the Fabric Requirements table).

Step 1
Step 2: For each of your fabrics, group the squares into pairs. Put each pair wrong-sides together. We will call each of these pairs “blocks”. Fabric #1 should end up with 13 blocks. Fabric #2 should end up with 36 blocks. Fabric #3 should end up with 11 blocks. Fabric #4 should end up with 12 blocks.

Step 3: Clear a space on your floor, and lay the blocks out following the numbered Quilt Design shown above. 

Step 4: Starting with Row 1, sew the blocks together with all seams facing up. Set Row 1 aside. Now sew Row 2, and repeat for all rows.
Step 4: Two blocks sewn together - Quilt Top View - Notice the seams face up.
Step 4: Two blocks sewn together - Quilt Back View - Notice the seams face the front of the quilt.
Step 4: Row 1 sewn together, Row 2 sewn together.
Step 4: All Rows sewn together and laid out on the floor
Step 5: Once each row is complete, sew Row 1 to Row 2, making sure the seams face up. Repeat for all rows. 
Step 5: Closeup of two rows sewn together.

Step 5: All rows are sewn together!
Step 6: Sew a top stitch around the entire perimeter of the quilt.
Step 6: Top stitch around the perimeter of the quilt.

Step 7: Clip all seams. To do this, make a cut in the seam. The cut is perpendicular to the stitching. These cuts should be about ½ inch apart. Be sure not to cut into the stitching. (Tip: The spring-loaded Fiskars Rag Quilt Snips are perfect for this job! They cut through 4 layers of flannel, no problem!)

Step 7: Clip all seams, but don't clip the stitching.
Step 8: Machine wash the quilt on cold. Wipe the lint out of the inside of the washer. Dry with low heat. Clean out the lint trap before and after drying. You will have a lot of lint the first few times you wash the quilt, so it is best to wash it separately. After drying, take the quilt outside and shake it out.
Finished Quilt
Finished Quilt Closeup

Variations - If you want to do things a little different...

  • Three-layered quilt with flannel in the middle: cut 72 seven-inch squares of white (or another solid color) flannel. In step 2, sandwich the white flannel in between the two layers of flannel. Sew an X through each square, then proceed to step 3. Since the middle layer of flannel is the same size square as the top and bottom, the middle layer will show up in the fringe.
  • Three-layered quilt with batting in the middle: cut 72 six-inch squares of batting. In step 2, sandwich the batting in between the two layers of flannel. Sew an X through each square to hold all 3 pieces together, then proceed to step 3. Because the batting squares are six inches, the middle layer of batting will not show up in the fringe.
  • Altering the design: Do you want to make a rag quilt with a different design? Take a look at our post that helps you figure out how much fabric you will need...Calculating Fabric Requirements for a Rag Quilt.
  • Rag quilt made with strips instead of squares: Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial: Super Easy 

Fabric used in our quilt: Riley Blake Super Star Flannel and Solid Brown Flannel

Good luck!

1 comment:

  1. I found a Donna Dewberry 6 inch plastic square to use for my block pattern. After putting a few together, I discovered it was easier to handle the quilt to snip the seams after attaching each block as I went. I took graph paper and worked out letters as an initial that could be worked into the quilt. Fun! I love your flannel store! I am finding it hard to price my quilts. I live in rural Alabama and it is economically depressed. I am not looking to get rich but want to make enough to make more quilts. I don't have a good collection of flannel to purchase locally.


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