How to Make a Rag Quilt With Strips


When you have an excess of flannel fabric left behind from sewing or craft projects, you do not have to discard the scrap fabric. Instead, use the pieces of flannel fabric to create a whimsical rag quilt. By cutting the flannel scraps into strips, they can be sewn together into a quilt that you would never guess was constructed from unwanted pieces of fabric. Everything you need to make a rag quilt can be found at any fabric store.

Things You'll Need

  • Flannel fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Cut flannel fabric scraps into 16 rectangles to measure 6 inches wide and 60 inches long. Select any color of fabric that you prefer or that you have left over from other projects.

  • Double the strips so that you have eight rows of doubled strips lined up side-by-side.

  • Place two of the doubled strips together with the back sides touching, and pin along one of the long sides. Leave a 1/2-inch seam allowance as you pin. Repeat this process to pin together all of the strips into pairs with the back sides touching.

  • Sew along the pinned edges on each pair of strips then remove the pins. Line the sewn strips back into place.

  • Place one set of sewn strips against another set of sewn strips with the back sides touching, and pin along one edge. Leave a 1/2-inch seam allowance, as before. Repeat to pin together all of the strips into one form.

  • Sew the strips together along the pinned edges, then remove the pins. Lay the sewn rag quilt flat onto a work surface. The seams should stick up by 1 inch.

  • Sew along the perimeter of the quilt, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

  • Cut along all of the seams to a depth of 1/4 inch, spacing each cut 1/4 inch apart.

  • Wash and dry the rag quilt using hot water and high heat. This will fluff out the snipped seams and will complete the rag quilt.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use solid flannel for the back and patterned flannel for the front of the quilt to create a more traditional-looking rag quilt.

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