How to Make A Rag Quilt Plus Free Rag Quilt Patterns

Rag quilts have become very popular these days, and there are many reasons for this.

First, rag quilts are simple and can be a great intro to quilting.  Beginners will find this technique quite easy. To make a rag quilt, the front and backs of each square are sewn so the seams are all on the front of the quilt.  The seams are then snipped to form the ragging look.

These quilts are quick to make, so those who want to give a homemade gift with little time to complete it, may find that a rag quilt to be just the answer!

Rag quilts are cute and very different from a traditional quilt.  They are fun to make and are a nice break from the more complicated quilts that quilters pour their energy into. To learn more about the basics of quilting, there is a topic page to introduce more traditional quilting.

This page has so many free rag quilt patterns to explore!  Not only that, we have a few rag projects that are not quilts at all!

Scroll down to see the creative free rag quilt patterns to make ragged coasters, a ragged purse, and a ragged American Flag!  Those are some amazing folks who thought up other things to make with ragging!

So many of the links below give step by step instructions on how to make a rag quilt. Use these free rag quilt patterns and their tutorials and learn how to make a beautiful rag quilt in no time!

I have made two rag quilts so far. I gave the first one to my daughter’s boyfriend and the second one to my boyfriend.  The rag quilts are loved by both of them (and their dogs!)

To get started, here are a few things to think about before starting to sew a rag quilt.

Fabric Choices

First, it’s important to decide on the fabrics to be used.  I chose three layers of flannel to make warm ragged quilts.  The flannel frays easily…much better than cotton material.

The inspiration for my flannel quilts was actually one I saw in a fabric store that was made with homespun fabric.  This frayed nicely as well.  I fell in love with that rag quilt, but I found homespun fabric from the quilt stores too expensive for the size of the quilts I was making.

It was also a bit difficult to find homespun fabric designs that went well together at mainstream fabric stores. This is most likely not a problem now, yet the homespun fabrics are still on the more expensive side.

Flannel also makes up a nice and soft rag quilt for a baby!  Minky fabric can be used to make the baby rag quilt soft, but I find it more difficult to work with.  If you enjoy working with minky fabric, go for it!

A few of the free rag quilt patterns below show how to make a rag quilt with denim fabric.  Different shades of denim look great in a quilt. 

A free rag pattern below shows how to make ragged denim coasters.  Check it out!  They are very unique and would look great in a casual room.  Think maybe a dorm room?!  They would be a nice graduation gift for someone heading off to college.

Inner fabric options for rag quilts

Some of the free rag quilt patterns below suggest using a layer of quilt batting between the fabrics for the front and the back of the rag quilts. This is definitely an option that some prefer.

I used flannel as my inner layer and liked cutting all of my fabric into the same size squares.  I found it easier and less time consuming. To put in batting, it must be cut smaller than the other fabrics for your rag quilt so that it is not part of the ragged seams.

Another great idea is to make the middle layer a white flannel.  This is ingenious!!  My quilts were plaid, so I chose a plaid color to match the colors of the other fabrics, which made the ragged edges look mottled.

White flannel would make a lovely seam on the ragged quilt.  I’m definitely going to do that on my next one!

Good tools for making a rag quilt

It is quick and easy to cut the layers of fabric with a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.  Some of the free rag quilt patterns below show how to make the rag quilt using scissors.  

It is absolutely possible to make a rag quilt with scissors, but it takes more time than using a rotary cutter, and the lines are difficult to cut straight.

Spring loaded scissors come highly recommended for making a rag quilt.  There is so much cutting involved with the ragging, and spring loaded scissors make this much easier.

There is a link below to order a great pair of spring loaded scissors!

Tips for making a rag quilt

One thing that would have made my life easier when making the rag quilts would have been to sew the X in the squares first and then square them up after.  I struggled with layering and sewing my squares evenly, which made sewing the squares together more difficult. 

Ragged quilts don’t need to be sewn perfectly since the seams are snipped.  I did find, however, that without having squared up my blocks, I had a few places where some areas of the squares were not sewn together at all.

Another great tip found in the free rag quilt patterns below is to use a walking foot. This really makes sewing the many layers of fabric together much easier. A walking foot is not necessary, but if you have one, it’s a good idea to use it.

Finally, there are several tips for washing the finished rag quilt.  Washing is how to make the seams look ragged instead of just snipped and is a necessary part of the process.

After ragging the seams, there are a lot of fabric strings that will need to be washed out.  This can make a mess of the washing machine and dryer.

One tip is to first run the quilt through the dryer to catch the initial bits of fabric. Be sure to check the lint trap often. Then the rag quilt can be washed and dried again.

Keep checking that dryer lint trap!!

Another tip for washing is to put the quilt in a pillow case if it is small enough.  The tiny pieces will be caught in the pillow case and not in the washer.  Dry the rag quilt in the pillowcase part way during the drying time, then take it out to finish drying.

Once again, keep checking that lint trap!!

For general quilting tips and tricks check this out!

Time to scroll down to see the free rag quilt patterns below and learn how to make a beautiful rag quilt!!

How to Make A Rag Quilt Plus Free Rag Quilt Patterns

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Baby Rag Quilt Tutorial

Learn how to make a rag quilt with these step-by-step instructions and photos. Creations by Kara

Christmas Raggedy Table Runner

This rag quilt table runner is fun and easy to make and a great gift ideas for friends, teachers and family members. Love To Sew

Double Four Patch Rag Quilt Pattern

A free rag quilt pattern that's sewn with five fabrics of contrasting colors. The Spruce Crafts

Easy Rag Quilt

A free tutorial on making an easy, thrifty, pretty rag quilt. A Complet Guide to Imperfect Homemaking

Fabric Strip Rag Quilt

Learn how to sew a simple fabric strip rag quilt using jelly rolls. This free pattern is perfect for beginner quilters. The Crafty Stalker

Flag Rag Quilt

Flag Rag Quilt

With this free quilt pattern make an American flag rag quilt to decorate for the 4th of July and summer. Heather Handmade

Flannel Baby Rag Quilt

This is the softest little quilt made of flannel using a strip piece method. Do It Yourself Divas

Flannel Rag Quilt

Complete free instructions with photo on how to sew a rag quilt. With time the flannel rag quilt gets softer and softer. Jen Yu

Rag Quilt

How to craft a rag quilt. Fiskars

Rag Quilt - No Sewing Needed

Rag Quilt - No Sewing Needed

If you don't sew, make a rag quilt using this method. The Melrose Family

Rag Quilt Basics

How to make a rag quilt from choosing the fabric to sewing to clipping to washing. The Spruce Crafts

Rag Quilt For Beginners

Rag Quilt For Beginners

Here is the ultimate guide for making a rag quilt for beginners. You will find a step-by-step written rag quilting tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners. Hello Sewing

Rag Quilt Instructions

Here are free instructions to make a type of primitive rag quilt. Jubilee Fabric

Rag Quilt Project

Learn how to create your very own rag quilt by watching this free video. You Tube

Rag Quilt Purse

Rag quilting can be more than just a quilt. Here is a tutorial on how to make a flannel rag quilt purse. My Fabric Obsession

Rag Quilt Square Assembly

Instructions for assembling a homespun quilt square, rag quilt style. Jubilee Fabric

Rag Quilt Tutorial

The quilt shown in this tutorial is a finished size of about 38 x 50 inches, using 8-inch cut squares. Green Apple Orchard

Rag Quilted Coasters

Instruction for giving durable denim another life as a set of cute 'n' cozy rag-quilted coasters. Sew I See

Rag Quilts

Basic information on making a rag quilt from material choose to cutting to constructing to fraying. Quilting 101

Ragged Homespun Quilt PDF

No experience is necessary to make this rag quilt. JOANN

Raggedy Bricks

Home spuns! Plaids! Calicoes! Kiddie Prints! Denim! Flannels! ... all work well for this... just DO NOT WASH YOUR FABRICS FIRST! Then use this rag quilt pattern with instructions to sew a rag quilt. Quilters Cache

Raggedy Quilt Throw

Here are directions on how to make a Rag Quilt. Love To Sew

Scalloped Rag Quilt

If you can sew a straight line, you can make this quilt. This free rag quilt step-by-step tutorial has three free templates To help with the cutting. Sew 4 Home

Ultra Easy Rag Quilt

With these instructions, this rag quilt can be completed in a weekend. Home Ec 101

Zig Zag Rag Quilt

Download pattern for a zig zag rag quilt which features a square inside a square, inside a square. Robert Kaufman

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