Easy Peasy DIY Rag Quilt Tutorial

By Dana Fox

This weekend I did a little quilting project. It was super easy to do and can absolutely be done by the “beginner” seamstress. It is a flannel rag quilt made from strips of fabric instead of your typical squares…. and it’s sooo soft! The most time consuming part is cutting all of the fabric, so if you have a spare afternoon why not give this a try? I seriously finished this in a couple hours, so it’s probably the least complicated quilt ever. It’s the perfect project if you’re just learning how to sew as well. Nothing but straight lines and scissors!

First, you’ll need a few things:

– Flannel fabrics.  I used 4 patterned ones (a 1/2 yard of each), 1.5 yards of plain white (for the lining), and 1.5 yards of plain grey (for the backing). You can do your backing in patterned fabric too if you want, I just wanted mine plain. If that is the case, just double up on the amount of patterned fabric you buy.
– Sewing machine
– Pins
– Scissors/rotary cutter

That’s it! Pretty easy huh? The size of your quilt will depend on how many strips you choose to use and the length of your fabric. Mine ended up being a square about 40″x40″ (baby size!). One thing to keep in mind when sewing flannel is to try not to stretch it too much when sewing. I did that in the beginning and ended up with some long edges that I later had to square off. The best part about this quilt is that the more you wash it, the softer it will become :)

I know there are a lot of readers who are not into sewing but want to start, so this would be perfect for you. If you’re new to sewing, do you think this is something you could handle?

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
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I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12241998719427599339 RinskiiJoy

    ooh cuuuuttee!!! I totally wanna try this. <3 thanks for the tutorial!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14389965251370657029 lucy at dear beautiful boy

    Oooh, love it. I'm a big fan of any kind of patchwork but all the ones I've made so far have been in squares. Plus I don't do the raggedy edges, although I like the looks of it so I may well have to give this technique a go.
    When I was fabric shopping the other day for fabrics to make my baby a quilt, I noticed they were selling bundles of strips like this, so I may be super lazy and have a go at one of these but buy it all pre-cut because I always find the cutting so boring. X

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12298609882746811237 Rachael

    Such a cute vintage feel! This would be an adorable lovey for the babies that like to rub something soft on their faces at all times 😉 My son will love this! Thanks!

    <3 Rae


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12676546206050336770 Pretzel Thief

    This is beautiful, Dana…love it! I, too, would bind the edges with leftover fabric; I like that option. I might give this a go one day but I'll most definitely pass it onto my mama who has a knack for sewing AND loves patchwork stuff, to boot. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea! XO

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12676546206050336770 Pretzel Thief

      …gorgeous photos, too (DUH), and I love how pretty the font is on the headings of the steps. :-)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06447163069132663859 Ashley

    Love it!!! And you are right it didnt look too complicated!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07814682943425221792 Rhianna Nelson

    This looks like something even I wouldn't be afraid to tackle!! 😛 Great DIY, if the weather gets any colder where I am I might have to try it. Thanks for sharing :) Rhi xx

    The Wildest of Dreams

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11050033101993951987 Alex Sheena

    I love this, I'm gonna make one. I don't know how I never thought of doing stripes instead of squares before.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11955799994014803386 Yumi

    wow! awesome project…. i really wanna get into sewing and figure out a sewing machine… inspiring, thanks!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00536053319735564068 The F Girl

    What a great blanket! I can imagine it's so soft and cuddly indeed. Great little project.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11022905436442452299 Eeny

    this quilt is adorable, dana. i love it.
    and it seems to be so much easier than other quilt techniques and way less intimidating. i always wanted to sew a quilt but was scared of all the precise sewing together the pattern pieces. this looks easy enough for me to give my first ever quilt a try. thanks for sharing.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16367506240855475907 Jacki

    I am definitely going to try this! I have never really sewed anything. I'm almost 14 and I love doing DIY's and photography. I just never got into sewing but this looks simple and I will definitely try this. Love your blog too Dana. Read it every day!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08580374138395531347 Tiffany Temple

    My mom sews. I don't sew, but I think I'm going to give this one a try. We just made a couple of no-sew blankets that came out pretty cute. I think this would be the next step up for me. Thanks for sharing!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11197976298510063916 Chelsea Glaister

    Ohh I love things like this, that quilt is lovely. I might try this out to improve my sewing skills/actually gain some skills, I bet it feels great knowing you made something so beautiful and useful too.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02479920863937532827 Jen

    Love this! :) xx


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05719799398833688826 Aimée Moncur

    Love this! Will definitely give this a go when I can get to the fabric shop!!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12251760723158405216 Megan G.

    I'm absolutely terrible at sewing but you made it look do-able! I would love to try this out, thank you for posting this!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00926022686995503002 Christi Lynn

    great tutorial! I have made one of these before. they are so adorable!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18444381815246351322 Bettina

    Someone gave me a quilt like this when I had my baby. I wondered how those edges were done, thanks. What does the reverse side look like?

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09319291374545325707 Mindy Harris

    great fabric choices!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14604002619512789865 Aizzing

    this one looks great and you really made it seem so easy to do! i love the polka dots fabric. but i need to buy myself a sewing machine first.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09375795773604675402 Rhiannon

    This is so cute! I wish I could sew. I've been wanting to get into some DIY projects lately, but I don't know where to start or what to make, since I don't have a sewing machine! :(
    – Rhiannon

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05714008582042057615 Mindi

    I have a sewing machine still in the box that I've only used a couple of times. It's so intimidating! This is the perfect project for me to get it out and see what I can do. I love the patterns and colors you chose! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05699822216915327912 Colleen Frances

    I love your blog and have added your button to my page. I have a very craft inspired blog and would love to include some bits like this… take a look and let me know what you think – http://tweeandcakes.blogspot.co.uk/

    thank you :)


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04791046215475543232 Lisa

    love it!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06643100383495051038 Isabel

    The cut edges really make the quilt. I really like how it came out and I thought it was going to take you longer. Glad you posted this. I might try one in the future! :) It's nice that you did this for your "little nephew fetus" hahah <3

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09284221164950355193 Miss Sultana

    quilts are so time consuming, but once finished, they look amazing. your quilt is adorable. great blog btw


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13829631326663611476 Pamplemousse1983

    I love this so much! I can't wait to get home from vacation to try this! (crazy, right?!)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14923220344685718790 sepatuholic
  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10172143425487781910 Maisy

    great tutorial, never thought of adding a ragged style to quilting before! I have just stumbled across your blog and love it would love you to see what you think of mine…


    x x

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11308672082353340989 kgregstar

    This is great! I want to try to get into sewing more, this seams (ha) easy enough to handle :) thanks

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08982498329776362194 Emmy

    I am 100% going to have a go at this!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04941889745690207374 Zi Zi Bright

    Love this I just made one with squares my next one will be strips…

    Zi Zi

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04069771811955995306 Darlene S

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I've crafted in one form or another all of my life. My mother was quite the sewer. But she never taught me much and kept me away from the machine as a young girl. I'm now 51 years old and have recently gotten an old, but still in good shape sewing machine from the 80's. And have been practicing to make some things for family for the holidays. Mother is still around. She's 84 now and no longer sews. In her last move the little laprobe she crocheted years ago disappeared. She's been mourning that thing. She said it was the perfect size for her lap. Then I saw this pinned on Pinterest. EUREKA! I'm thinking I could do this one, lol. I may make it even smaller as she just wants one for over her legs in her chair. She can walk some but she's very, very unsteady on her own and so she's either in her easy chair or her wheelchair for most of the day and sitting that much makes your legs get cold. So thanks again. For once I won't worry over what to get Mum for Christmas.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07738505044114035765 blogger

    If I wanted to make one as a throw for hubby (when napping on the couch) what yardage would I need hun?
    Nova Scotia, Canada here…:)

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16765434513591686519 dana @ wonder forest

      I would probably double it up :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06608645000753250243 Unknown

    I can't wait to do this. I've done the rag quilt with squares and it's tedious. This will be just as beautiful with a little less work :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02440590854459336735 PB

    Great tutorial! Thank You!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01892302075695151943 linda delaney

    Thx for sharing.It will make a great gift for an up and coming wedding.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01892302075695151943 linda delaney

    Thanks Dana for sharing.This will make a lovely gift for an up and coming wedding this fall.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06661177018078382568 Sarah Knue

    Teaching my boyfriend to sew with this pattern! Thank you

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06661177018078382568 Sarah Knue

    Teaching my boyfriend to sew with this pattern! Thank you

  • vintageugly

    This is freaking awesome and I can’t wait to use all my scrap fabric for this!

  • Sarah

    Can we get a picture of the underside? That would be very helpful :)

    • http://thewonderforest.com Dana Fox

      Sorry Sarah, I don’t have it anymore, it was made as a gift. The back was just solid grey.

  • ashcha23

    How would you make this larger? Like twin size? What measurements then?

    • ashcha23

      And btw I used this pattern to make a blanket for my son when he was born and it’s his favorite blanket to this day -he’s a year and a half

  • Jen Patzer

    I’m super new to quilting and sewing in general. I was wondering if anyone can answer how many single strips of fabric do you need? How big is the blanket? I’d like to attempt to make this a bit bigger but unsure how many strips I would need. Thanks if anyone can help me out.