How to Make a Rag Quilt Using Fleece

In a typical quilt, the seams are hidden as much as possible. The opposite is true for a rag quilt. While the "right" side of the fabric is still exposed, the seams are on the outside of the quilt rather than hidden inside. With most fabrics, this results in a frayed look at each of these seams in your finished quilt. Fleece, however, does not fray this way. Instead, you end up with a rag quilt with clipped rather than frayed seams.

Things You'll Need

  • Batting
  • Scissors


    • 1

      Cut your fleece into squares of the size of your choice. Cut twice as many pieces as you need for one side of the quilt. Keep the final quilt in mind when cutting your squares; if you want an eight square by seven square quilt, for example, you need 112 squares (7 times 8 is 56, multiplied by 2).

    • 2

      Cut your batting into squares. You need half as many batting squares as fleece squares, so in our example you would need only 56 batting squares. These squares should be smaller than your fleece squares by 1/2 inch plus double the seam allowance. If you want 1-inch seams, for example, the batting squares should be 2.5 inches smaller than the fabric squares.

    • 3

      Place one of your fleece pieces on a flat surface. If it has a right side, that should be facing down. Put one of the batting squares exactly in the center of your fleece square. Place one more fleece square on top, with the right side facing up. You now have a sandwich in which two fleece squares hold a batting square.

    • 4

      Sew across the square diagonally in both directions, forming an "X" from corner to corner. This holds the three pieces in place. Repeat this process for the rest of your batting and fleece squares. In our example, you should now have 56 squares, each of which is fleece-batting-fleece sewn together with an "X."

    • 5

      Place two of your squares together with the wrong sides facing each other. This may be counterintuitive if you have sewn before, as normally the right sides go together. Remember, however, that the seams are supposed to show in a rag quilt. Pin these two squares in place and sew them together with the seam allowance you provided for earlier.

    • 6

      Sew another square onto the strip you just formed. Again, the wrong sides should face, leaving the seam exposed. Repeat this process until you have formed an entire row of squares. In our example, you would repeat this process until you have eight squares sewn together in a strip.

    • 7

      Sew the rest of the squares together to form more strips. In our example, you would now have seven strips, each eight squares long.

    • 8

      Place two of the strips together, with the wrong sides facing each other. Pin into place to ensure your seams meet up, and then sew together. Repeat this process for the rest of the strips to finish assembling your quilt.

    • 9

      Sew all the way around the outer border of your quilt, using the seam allowance you chose earlier. In our example, you chose a 1-inch seam allowance, so you would sew all the way around the quilt 1 inch from the border. Repeat this process to strengthen this seam.

    • 10

      Cut straight down in the seam allowance at each seam in the quilt. Make these cuts every 1/4 inch in the allowance. Do not snip through the seam, as this can damage the quilt. You simply want to create a soft, snipped seam to finish the rag quilt look.

    • 11

      Machine wash the finished fleece rag quilt if you wish. This is more important for fabrics that will fray, but you can still wash your fleece quilt if you desire.

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