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DIY Rag Quilt Tutorial with a Modern Touch

DIY Rag Quilt Tutorial with a Modern Touch

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Are you in a hurry to make a quilt?  If you answered YES then this DIY Rag Quilt Tutorial is for you!  It’s crazy simple and fail-free, they always come out cute and make the best gift for anyone of any age!  I made a baby sized quilt with a modern touch 35×26 inches, you can add more squares and make it as big as you want.

DIY Rag quilt tutorial with a modern touch. Quick and easy quilt made by coral and co.


12 – 10 inch squares of Heirloom Quilt Batting  (my favorite because it puckers)

12 – 10.5 inch squares of cotton fabric for the front

12 – 10.5 inch squares of cotton fabric for the back


Glue Stick

Clear Ruler

Rotary Cutter

Self-healing Cutting Mat


Here is the DIY Rag Quilt Tutorial:

Here are my squares!!!!  I used cotton fabric in Arizona by April Rhodes.

1)Now it’s time to sandwich your squares together.  I like to use stick glue on everything when I sew, it washes right out and does a great job at keeping your fabric from slipping while sewing.  Glue the front to your batting square then glue the back to your batting square.  You will be able to see the right side of your fabric, if you see the ugly side facing up try again.  Do this to all of your squares.

*Tip – You can also use flannel for batting on rag quilt.

How to quilt a rag quilt instructions and tutorial. This is the easiest DIY quilt ever! And sews up super fast!!!!

2)  I always draw a line to make sure I’m sewing straight.  Take your ruler and draw an X on all of your squares.

3) Sew right on top of your pencil lines.  Sew all 12 squares together.

4) Now figure out how you want your quilt to look.  Play around with your squares and put them in the order you want them in.

5) Start sewing your squares together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Sew them together in rows until you have 3 rows.  See the picture below, you WANT the ugly seam to be on top of your quilt.  Notice the seam ripper in this shot?  🙂How to sew a rag quilt. Sew the seams together

6) Sew your 3 rows together.  It might be hard for your machine to sew through all of this fabric, it’ll make it easier if you open the seams while sewing so it ends up going through less fabric.  Using a new needle will help tremendously.

7) Now sew all the way around your entire quilt using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

8) Now for the fun part!  Cut notches on all of the flipped up seams and the outer edges.  Cut a notch every 1/2 inch or so.  DO NOT cut into your stitches.  Be careful.  *

These are the BEST scissors ever!  They can cut through wire.

9) Inspect your quilt for loose strings and make sure all of the flipped up seams are not bunched up.How to sew a rag quilt. This is the easiest and fasted quilt you will ever make. I love this site

10)  Now for the best part.  WASH IT!!!!!!!  DRY IT!!!!  And now you have your Rag Quilt made from this easy DIY Rag Quilt Tutorial!

Let me know what you think!  Do you have any questions?  Just ask.

Thank you,


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Monday 11th of July 2022

Will it matter if there are a few squares 1/4'' narrower than the others? I would be dividing the difference on two sides of the square to 1/8" on each side. There would be just the seam and snipping that would be affected and I really don't think the difference will show once it is frayed. This is for a gift, so I don't want it to look bad or fall apart. Thanks for any help you can give me with this.


Sunday 12th of January 2020

When you say... See the awards together.... do you bring all the seam allowance to the top and have 4 layers to stitch through and avoid the batting?

linda d

Sunday 10th of May 2020

Yes. Looks kind of unfinished until you wash it and the seams all fluff up.

Barbara Hardy

Sunday 31st of March 2019

I thought it was actually a video of making a rag quilt. I need to watch and here people speaking.


Sunday 31st of March 2019

I was wondering if you could use pinking shears to cut around the squares before you sew them together, thus not having to do all that clipping? Just curious!

Gail Carstairs

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

No pinking shears will stop them from fraying which is what you want.

linda d

Sunday 10th of May 2020

No. You want the edges to fray. When you wash it you will get LOTS of little pieces of the thread in the dryer, but that is what makes the quilt so nice. The seams are all soft and fluffy.

Kim Parga

Sunday 31st of March 2019

I had a rush order for a baby quilt. I ended up embroidery on my embroidery machine one of the 3 colors of flannel that I purchased. I did everything you describe in the tutorial. When I washed it, it came out FULL of lint and pilling. This was good flannel from Joann's and not cheap fabric. I tried washing and drying it again and that made it worse. I spent 3 hours picking each little bit of fuzz balls off of it. I was afraid to give it as a gift for a new baby, since a new mother certainly doesn't have the time to be pulling pilling balls off of it. Now I am making the same quilt with t-shirt fabric and I will not be ragging this one.

Gail Carstairs

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

After three or four washes there is very little lint and it gets softer and fluffier. Everyone loves them. Just tell new Mom to wash separately for the first few washes.

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