Do you pre wash flannel for rag quilts?

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.

Does flannel shrink when washed?

Soft, warm, and cozy: flannel is the ultimate fall fabric! But when not washed properly, it can stiffen, shrink, or even pill. Follow these steps to keep your flannel shirts, sheets, and more as soft and comfy as possible!

Can you use flannel as batting?

A flannel sheet is a good alternative. You can also use a flannel sheet for the batting of a traditional quilt, but check first to make sure the pattern doesn’t show through the top or backing. For an even lighter weight, you can use a regular sheet. Regular sheets will give the quilt less body than flannel.

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.

How do you finish the edges of a rag quilt?

Things You’ll Need:



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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What is best size of squares for a rag quilt?

Rag Quilt Instructions:

Quilt Type and Approx Finished Size (size will vary slightly) Approx Number of 5″ Fabric Squares Required
Twin 70″ x 91″ 1040 squares (20 sq x 26 sq)
Full 84″ x 91″ 1248 squares (24 sq x 26 sq)
Queen 91″ x 95″ 1404 squares (26 sq x 27 sq)
King 108″ x 108″ not recommended
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