Simple Tutorial: Rag Quilt

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Front. (Rag quilt my grandmother made for my son.)

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Back.

Fabric Needed: I recommend at least 3 yards. The one I’m currently making now will be 32″ square (including fringe) and I bought 1 1/4 yard of 2 flannel fabrics. I wish I bought more, I wanted it bigger.

Size of squares: Really, the squares can be any size your heart desires. Same with fringe. I wouldn’t go more than 1″ with the fringe, but, to each their own. Many do 1/2″. This quilt I did 8″ blocks with 1″ fringe making the square 6″ in the quilt.

Step One
Cut. As I said I did 8″ squares.

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Step Two
Sew. I do not put batting in my rag quilts, especially when I use flannel. I think it makes them too hot. You can make rag quilts with cotton fabrics which then I would use batting. If you do want to use batting cut the batting square to the rough size of your finished square. You don’t want batting sticking out in the fringe.

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Sew corner to corner. I’m using a green variegated thread (& I love using variegated thread on rag quilts). I just eyeball corner to corner. I start about 1/2″ in & end about 1″ to 1/2″ from the opposite corner.

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I have a machine (Singer Superb) that has decorative stitches, so I showcase them when I make rag quilts! If your machine doesn’t have them, don’t worry. You can use a regular straight stitch or even a zig zag stitch!! πŸ™‚

Step Three
Sew together a row.

Place the wrong sides (what will be the BACK of the blanket) together.

Here are the backs:

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This is how they’ll be sewn together:

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My fringe area will be 1″. Line up the edge of the fabric.

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Sew. I backstitch about 1-1 1/2″ inΒ  & then again from the opposite end to give it extra support. I don’t backstitch at the very beginning or end because that will be fringe!

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Step Four
Sew your rows together. *Helpful tip: sew seams OPEN. Why? It makes them easier to cut!!

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Step Five
Sew around the blanket. Use straight stitch. I will sew 1″ in because that is my fringe allowance.

Step Six
Cut. If you don’t own spring loaded scissors, invest in a pair. I start by cutting my seams, it makes it easier for me. I cut as close as I can to the seam.

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After I finish those I cut down to the seam straight down. I space my cuts 1/4″ apart. Just DO NOT cut the seam. If you do (& I did) just re sew over it.

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This is why I recommend spring loaded scissors, you can cut with the tip of the scissor & not cut through. It helps, trust me!

Step Seven
I never say they’re done until they are washed!! Especially if you are giving them away as a gift! WARNING: When you wash the first few times, especially the first, wash & dry the blanket BY ITSELF!!! Since you cut the fabric it will fray & become soft & cuddly…shedding in the washer & dryer & trust me, you do not want it all over your clothes!!!

Well, I’m off to finish this rag quilt! Picture to come soon!!

Pre-Wash
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Post Wash
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My First (& most likely) Last Diaper Cover

Eff this.

So…I have been wanting to make a diaper cover for my baby girl for awhile. Imagine all her dresses with cute matching bottoms! Yeah…

I bought this…

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…they lie.

I feel like I ran a marathon. I’m sweating, frustrated, but feel some sense of accomplishment…

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Thankfully the camera on my tablet is crummy. I mean, all in all, it’s not THAT made & it will work. I didn’t match the thread but I didn’t plan to…this was a run through.

It all went downhill when I opened the pattern. In reality I bought the pattern for the diaper pattern. That was the one thing on-line tutorials failed to give me. I just wanted it on one sheet, done.

So…I have all my materials. I have cut out the pattern. Now…huh? The pattern called for bias tape to make the casing for the elastic. Holy moly. No matter how I read it, I was not understanding it. Spanish & French directions didn’t help either. πŸ˜‰

So I searched for an on-line tutorial. Found one. A ha. Make the casing by just folding over the diaper, easy!

So I start with the waistband…I didn’t do too bad. I made the casing & just had to buy safety pins to thread the elastic through.

So now we’re here tonight. I thread my waistband & OK. It gets wonky in some places when I sew the elastic in, but, OK. Now for the legs…

Ugh.

My legs are not the same size. In hindsight I should have cut my elastic with the elastic guide so it would have been the same size. Live & learn. The legs were such a PITA.

The difficulty I faced were how small they were. Not only that but my fabric suddenly frayed and pulled off the stitch!!! What?!?! Sewing the elastic into the legs proved to be more difficult. But, I did it.

You know, after writing this & eating a chocolate banana bomb pop, it really wasn’t THAT bad. I wouldn’t say it’s super easy though. At least not at my level anyway.

Total time: Over 2 hours.

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Eh…could be worse. Until next time…