Poofy Cheeks: Easiest Rag Strip Crib Quilt Tutorial

May 30, 2014

Easiest Rag Strip Crib Quilt Tutorial

When I had my daughter I couldn’t find a crib blanket that I liked so I sewed her a rag strip quilt with all of the colors I wanted. Again I found myself wanting a crib blanket in colors and prints I couldn’t find so I decided to sew our newest addition another rag strip quilt. This time I made two major changes to the way I cut and sewed the strips and it cut down my sewing time significantly and turned out just as nice.

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial


Supplies Needed:

  • Cotton Fabric – fabrics for the front strips of the quilt (I used 5 prints in the following sizes)
    • Fabric 1 – 3/4 yard
    • Fabric 2 – 1/2 yard
    • Fabric 3 – 1/2 yard
    • Fabric 4 – 3/4 yard
    • Fabric 5 – 3/4 yard
  • Flannel Fabric – fabric for the back strips of the quilt (2.5 yard cut of fabric if using the same print)
  • Sewing Machine/Thread
  • Scissors
  • Cutting Mat
  • Rotary Cutter

**I will warn you that I sewed this quilt late into the night so the lighting and photo quality isn’t that great for some of the steps.

The first thing I did was buy and gather the fabrics I wanted and cut them into strips. Then don’t skip the important step of PREWASHING your fabric! Below is the chart I made and used for cutting my strips. For each strip you cut for the front of the quilt you must cut a flannel piece the same size for the back. I arranged and sewed my strips in the order shown in the chart. I wanted my finished quilt to be around 36x55 inches (the size of most crib blankets) but remember you need to make it quite a bit longer and a tad bit wider to compensate for the excess fabric you are going to snip to make the rag effect.

**The first way I cut down on the time it took to make this quilt versus the other one was using wider strips which made less strips for me to cut and sew.

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial

After you have prewashed your fabrics and cut them to the sizes shown it is time to start sewing! Take your piece of cotton and put it wrong-sides-together with the piece of flannel you cut to be the same size. Sew straight down the middle of the fabrics long ways . Repeat this step with all of the strips and in the end you should have eleven strips with cotton fronts and flannel backs.

**The second way I saved a significant amount of time was by only sewing one stitch down the middle of the length of the strips rather than around all four edges like I did with Delilah’s quilt. This saved me SO MUCH TIME!!!

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial

Then it is time to start sewing your strips together. Take your first strip and put it flannel-sides-together with the second strip and sew the two together with a one inch seam allowance (or however much you want to leave and snip for the rag effect). Repeat by matching the flannel sides of strip two with three and continue until all of the strips are sewn together. The picture below on the left is after I did the first five strips – you just keep matching your strips with flannel sides together until your finished. The picture below on the right shows the quilt after all of the strips were sewn together. After I finish sewing the strips together I usually need to trim off excess from the sides of the quilt with my rotary cutter to make them even. I then sew along all four outer edges of the quilt leaving one inch which will be snipped for the rag effect.

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial

For the final step use scissors to snip around all four edges of the quilt being sure not to cut into the stich you just made around the quilt. Then cut all of the edges between your strips also making sure not to cut into the stich holding them together. Then wash and dry your quilt at least twice if not three times to get the rag effect. You will want to wash it alone and be sure to clean out your dryer lint trap because you will have tiny strings of fabric coming from the quilt the first few times you wash it. The more the quilt is washed the more it rags the quilt.

The picture below shows the quilt after I finished snipping but had not washed it yet. I think it was around 2am at this point. Once I finished I through it in the wash and went to bed!

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial

**The amount of excess fabric you left for snipping (mine was one inch) and the distance between your snips will determine how the quilt rag effect will look after it is washed.

The two images below show the quilt after I snipped and washed it once.

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial

This is the back of the quilt – I used a white and gray chevron flannel I picked up at Joann Fabrics.

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial

I also purchased the dark gray/ light gray chevron cotton and the yellow and white polka dot cotton fabrics at Joann Fabrics. All of the other fabrics came from the ETSY shop Bobbie Lou Fabrics.

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial

Easiest Fabric Strip Rag Quilt Tutorial

I washed my quilt twice but as you can see I probably need to wash it one more time or use a lint roller to get off all the extra little strings still on it. I’m super proud of how the quilt turned out and after making it in one day I suggest this type of quilt to anyone who wants something unique but doesn’t have weeks or months to work on a full blown quilt! I get impatient and tired of projects that take too long so that is why rag quilts are my favorite!

You can see the entire nursery nook HERE – and how I used the fabric scraps to make a mobile HERE. I also used some of the fabric scraps to make minky burp clothes like THESE.

Enjoy,

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9 comments:

  1. Hi Kelsey! I am in love with this sweet little quilt! It is so cute! I saw it while I was getting ready to link up in the Link Party Palooza and had to come and read more about it! Great job on the quilt and the post! LOVE them!

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  2. I absolutely love this quilt and am getting ready to make one for a friend of mine expecting her first baby. I have a couple of questions for you. On your Strip Measurements chart you have a total of 11 strips, but it looks like you only ended up doing 10, is that correct? Also, I notice that you did not put anything between the layers of fabric - did it end up being a fairly lightweight blanket? I am wondering if I should add some extra old flannel I have to the inside to make it a little warmer. Thanks in advance for your help, I can't wait to start making this! :)

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    1. Hey Sandy! I cut one of my strips wrong so I did only end up doing 10. Mine are fairly lightweight since it doesn't get very cold here in Florida . If you want it to be warmer then yes, I would suggest adding another layer of flannel or batting in between cut smaller than your strips so you don't see them. :) Have fun sewing!

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  3. "Sew straight down the middle of the fabrics long ways". This step confuses me. Are we sewing down the middle of each fabric/flannel piecse as an easy way to hold the two pieces together, until we sew the strips together? Do we remove that stitching once the blanket is finished?

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    1. Sewing down the middle will keep the two pieces of each strip together for when you sew the strips to one another. You will leave that stich in after finished. Look at the last picture from the post -- you can see the stitch if you look at the top strip where it folds over the crib. :)

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  4. I just made my first and love it although I did have an issue when completed....it seems a bit "warped" when completed. I know I did very straight and even sizes when cutting and I used a seam guide when sewing so I don't know how I got this problem? Any suggestions would be appreciated as I want to make another one SOON.

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    1. Yay!! Cutting and sewing straight seem to be the hardest parts no matter how much you try to keep everything even!! Did you iron your fabrics before sewing? That can help incase you have wrinkles making things uneven. Also did you trim the sides after you finished sewing the pieces? See this post as it gives a better picture of what I did... http://www.poofycheeks.com/2013/02/strip-rag-quilt-sewing-tutorial.html (the very first picture shows how uneven the strips were before I tripped them and trim on both sides as it seems to shift. I hope that helps!

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  5. Can you use cotton for the back? Does it need to be 100% cotton?
    Thanks

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  6. So. Weird! I came across your blog via Pinterest looking for a rag quilt tutorial...

    I'm also from Rochelle, IL. lol I actually recognize your face from high school. I believe you were in my brothers class in 2005. What a coincidence!

    Regardless, great tut! I plan on using it for a quilt to send to some friends with a baby in the NICU. <3

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