There’s something about rag quilts I have always loved!  After researching how to make a rag quilt, I decided to venture to the fabric store to get the supplies to make one.  After seeing all of the adorable Halloween fabric, there was no question about the theme of my rag quilt.  Now, I will tell you that sewing is not my thing so I was a bit worried that I’d begin this quilt and never finish it.  I’m happy to say that I worked on this quilt off and on for four days.  I really enjoyed it.

There are so many tutorials out there on how to make rag quilts, so I decided to keep this simple with lots of photos!

I picked out seven of the cutest Halloween themed materials and bought one yard of each design.

I also picked up the center layer, an orange flannel material and the bottom layer, white fleece.  I chose fleece for the bottom layer because of the softness.  You will see that once you rag a quilt, the middle and the bottom layers will show through on the top of your quilt and add to the color outcome.

I cut out thirty six squares of each of my layers, top, middle and bottom, then stacked each section.  Each block consists of three layers (the top, middle and backing) that are sandwiched together.

I also embroider, so I found some cute designs and embroidered them onto a few of my top squares.

I laid out all of my squares the way I wanted to sew them together.  I pinned and sewed two rows together at a time.

I left about a one inch seam along each row as I sewed the rows together.  I used orange thread, and white bobbin thread.

Remember to go along the outer edges of your quilt too.  I eyeballed my one inch seam and it turned out great.

The exposed fabric seam allowances are snipped to promote fraying.

Now, grab your scissors! Carefully snip the fabric in the seam allowances, cut approximately every quarter inch or so. Be sure to snip through all layers of fabric, but be careful not to cut too close to the stitches! Snip all the seams the entire way around the quilt.  This will take some time, but you can cover up as you go!

Once finished, toss the quilt into the washer and dryer to soften up the raggedy edges.  This makes all the difference on the look of that “ragging” technique.

If I can do it, so can you!  Stay tuned for my next Christmas rag quilt!

I hope you are inspired!    Jeanne – The Practical Fanatic