Welcome to my applique rag quilt tutorial, where you can learn how to create your own raq quilt with or without an applique design added.
I have included short video tutorials showing how to make your own applique rag quilt. They cover the following steps:
Fabric selection *
Block construction without an applique *
Block construction with an applique *
Sewing your blocks together *
Sewing strong outer edges of the quilt *
Clipping raw edges *
How the magic happens *
You can buy ragging shears and they do save your hands but they are definitely optional.
As for the amount of fabric you will need that really depends on how many different fabrics you will be using, your block size and how many blocks you plan to have. For my Alice in Wonderland Rag Quilt I used almost 5meters of fabric in total.
When using flannel to make your rag quilt there are 2 types on the market.
I recommend using the printed flannel for the top and back of each block. Then use the solid flannel for the middle of each block. Doing this will give more colour showing through on the ragged edges that are on show. If you want more white in your ragged edges then use a solid white or alternatively you can use your printed flannel. There is no right or wrong way to do this - just personal choice.
Remember to keep all your scraps of flannel as these make great applique fabrics for your next one and can also be joined with other fabrics to make up a block - this looks stunning!!
Now you are ready to complete all your non-applique blocks.
1. Arrange your blocks on a flat surface remembering to check both sides of the quilt, especially if you are using any one way fabric design. Using a 3/4" seam allowance sew your blocks together placing backing sides together to form a completed row. Clip seams to
2. Using a 3/4" seam allowance sew your rows together, again placing backing sides together and matching seams. I open my seams for sewing as this creates a more even fray/rag effect as well as being easier to sew.
3. It's now time to stitch around the outer edge of you quilt. Using a triple stitch (one that goes forward-back-forward) stitch around the outer edge using the 3/4" seam allowance as you used before.
4. Lastly it's magic time! Wash your quilt and then dry in the drier. This process creates a lot of lint! Take your rag quilt outside and shake to remove the excess threads.
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Below are the links to the videos shown above.
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