How many layers of fabric do I need for a rag quilt?

There are normally 2-4 (or more) layers of fabric in a rag quilt. So keep in mind that you want to want to use at least one fabric that will fray a lot so you get that frayed effect on the seam allowances.

How do you calculate yardage for a rag quilt?

Lap Quilt: 42″ x 54″ (7 x 9) / 63 pair (126 total) 7″ squares = 5½ yards To calculate the amount of different fabrics, divide the total yardage by the number of fabrics – i.e. baby quilt: 3 divided by 6 = ½ yard of 6 different fabrics.

How many 10 inch squares are in a yard of fabric?

1 yard of fabric will yield 12 squares.

How many yards of fabric do I need for a full size rag quilt?

Rag Quilt Instructions:

Quilt Type and Approx Finished Size (size will vary slightly) Approx Number of 10″ Fabric Squares Required
Full 84″ x 91″ 220 squares (10 sq x 11 sq) approx. 19 yds
Queen 91″ x 95″ 242 squares (11 sq x 11 sq) approx. 18-20 yds
King 108″ x 108″ 338 squares (13sq x 13sq) approx.26-28 yds
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Can I mix cotton and flannel in a rag quilt?

Yes, flannel and cotton can be used together as long as the flannel is pre-shrunk. Cotton and flannel shrink at very different rates. It’s not a good idea to try to pre-shrink a layercake. Yardage for the backing would make for a happier ending.

Should you wash flannel before making a rag quilt?

Although most quilts recommend washing the fabrics before quilting, in the case of rag quilts you DO NOT want to wash the flannel before assembly. Instead, just iron the fabric and start cutting your squares. The batting squares go between your two layers of fabric.

What is the best seam allowance for a rag quilt?

The most common are 1/2″ allowances with blocks up to about 8″, 3/4″ and 5/8″ allowances used for medium-sized blocks and strips somewhere between 6″ and 12″, and 1″ or larger seam allowances used with the larger blocks that are 9″ or larger.

Do you have to use batting in a rag quilt?

When it comes to fabrics to include in your rag quilt, you have a lot of options. You can use quilt batting if you’d like, but you’ll need to make your squares smaller (7″ in this case), so the quilt batting doesn’t show up in the seam allowances. The bottom layer of the quilt can be done in a wide range of fabrics.

Do you prewash fabric for a rag quilt?

Although most quilts recommend washing the fabrics before quilting, in the case of rag quilts you DO NOT want to wash the flannel before assembly. Instead, just iron the fabric and start cutting your squares.

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How do you finish the edges of a rag quilt?

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Sew around the perimeter of the rag quilt 1/2 inch from the edge. Sew around the quilt a second time on top of the first line of stitching. Clip slits perpendicular to the edge every 1/4 inch around the perimeter of the quilt. Clip close to, but do not clip through, the stitching.

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