Minky Rag Quilt Tutorial

My daughter has been asking for several years for me to make her a quilt.  She has a quilt that her Grandma made her when she was born, but you can’t call that poor thing a blanket anymore.  It is full of holes and I am pretty sure there isn’t an ounce of batting left in that poor thing.  It has been well loved.
So I pulled out my sewing machine and this is what I we made.
How to make a Rag Quilt
It turned out really cute and I can’t wait to give it to her!  (It is a Christmas present)
I got the idea from Mia Dolce Originals.  This is is hers.
How to make a Rag Quilt
The quilt I made really was a group effort.  I brought it to my Mom’s house for a fun sewing day and got lots of help from my Mom and my SIL.  We were able to knock it out really pretty quick.
The quilt took a total of 7 1/2 yards of fabric.  2 1/2 yards for each layer, the minky, flannel for batting, and the cotton fabric for the top.
How to make a Rag Quilt
I cut all of the fabric into 6 inch squares and then layered them so I could quickly grab them and sew them. 
How to make a Rag Quilt
I sew an X, corner to corner in each square first. I just made a chain of squares and then cut them apart.
How to make a Rag Quilt
How to make a Rag Quilt
The minky fabric sheds like crazy when you are sewing and cutting it and the little fibers just float around the air.  The pesky little fibers kept going up my Mom’s nose and were really bothering her so she went and got a mask.
How to make a Rag Quilt
We all thought that was pretty funny!
After my mom had enough of those little fibers she passed the task on to my SIL and she helped me sew.
How to make a Rag Quilt
Once all the squares were sewed with the X I laid them out on the ground to get the pattern I wanted to make sure no duplicate squares were laying next to each other.  Then my lovely SIL sewed the rows together and then I sewed those rows together.

Update:  I have gotten lots of questions on how I got the “frayed look” and I really didn’t explain that at all, so I apologize.  When you sew all of your squares together you will have a side where the seams are ( the side with the different colored fabric blocks) and the flat side (which was my minky side).  Then you take a pair of scissors to the side with the seams and make little cuts down to the stitch line.  I cut about every 1/3 inch.  Then when you wash it all of those raw edges fray in the washer & dryer. 
I love how it turned out and it is so soft.  I just know that my daughter is going to love it!
How to make a Rag Quilt

UPDATE: I have had a lot of questions about the sizing of my quilt.  I used Jubilee Homespun Inspiration as a reference.  On her post she has a table that will show you how many squares you will need for the size of quilt you are wanting to make.  The quilt I made is the small size.


  1. says

    Turned out beautiful! I too sew the Mia Dolce one and loved it. So I pinned it…pinning yours too! Thanks for sharing:) Just one question, did you get the ends to create the ragged edges after you sewed all the rows together or before sewing?

  2. says

    Hi Katie, I will be featuring your daughter’s minky tonight on Project Queen! I LOVE IT! Question: what do you mean that you sewed the squares in a chain in the took them apart. You lost me on that one ;-). I’d like to make one of these for my daughter. Thank you Katie!

  3. says

    Mandy, what she means is that as she sewed diagonally across the squares, she went from one block to the next without cutting threads in between. Don’t overlap the blocks–leave a tiny bit of space between them. Once you have finished sewing across lots of blocks, snip the threads that connect the squares and sew the other direction (for the x) and then piece them together!

  4. Anonymous says

    Put the squares together minky side together and stitch about 1/4-1/2 inch. probably 1/2 for this fabric. Continue to stitch together in this manner and all the squares have this frayed edge appearance. The other side of the quilt is smooth. Clear as mud?

  5. GotQuiltz? says

    This is so stinkin’ cute. You have inspired me to finally make one. I have been wanting to make a rag quilt for the longest time but just couldn’t find the perfect idea…until now! I can’t wait for this weekend to get started :) I’ll post a picture once it’s done.

  6. Amelia says

    I LOVE THIS QUILT! However, I don’t understand how you got the ‘frayed’ look. I saw it was explained earlier but I still don’t quite understand how you were able to do that… can you explain? this quilt is definitely my next project =)

    • says

      When you sew all of your squares together you will have a side where the seams are and the flat side (which was my minky side). Then you take a pair of scissors to the side with the seams (which is the side with the different colored fabric blocks) and make little cuts down to the stitch line. I cut about every 1/3 inch. Then when you wash it all of those raw edges fray in the washer & dryer.

      I hope that helps. If you have any more questions please feel free to ask.

    • Anonymous says

      Thank you so much ! I bought my fabric the other day and I’m making my first quilting attempt =)
      Wish me luck!

  7. Anonymous says

    How many squares across and how many down? Also, What are the measurements of this quilt? I love it and wanna make one.

  8. Anonymous says

    You should do a quick You tube for those of us sewing challenged folks. I need to see the steps to retain it…

  9. Anonymous says

    Is the batting in the middle, the same 6 inch square size? and of so, does it stick out and show on the frayed edge?

  10. Anonymous says

    This quilt is so cute! I am wanting to try it out, but I have a quick question. How did you get the frilly look between all the squares?

  11. Anonymous says

    You said the minky shedded a lot durin gutting and sewing, how did it do afterwards? Does is still shed after the quilt is finished?

    • says

      When I was all done sewing I threw it in the washer and dryer to get all of the access shed off, and to “fluff” the edges. My dryer lint catcher was absolutely full and bright pink! I haven’t had a problem with it shedding since.

  12. says

    I’ve seen these made with all flannel, it looks like you used quilting cotton for the patterned fabric- did that work just as well for fraying? It looks great!

  13. Anonymous says

    Question: Minky is not soft on both sides so how does that look on the frayed edges? Is is softer after washing?


    • says

      You are right the other side of the minky is not that soft at all but you really don’t feel the other side. When the raw edges are washed they kind of curl on them selves you don’t feel the rough other side.

      Thanks for the question!

  14. Anonymous says

    I love this blanket and can’t wait to make one for my daughter. I’m sort of a beginner, but ambitious sewer, so I was wondering, how many yards of the minky fabric did you have to get for the back of the blanket?

  15. Anonymous says

    Loved your quilt. If you do not use cotton flannel, will the quilt fray as nicely as yours did? Is the quilt heavy? How did you wash your cotton fabrics, separately or in the washing machine. Any particular detergent?
    Thanks for your tutorial. I too saw the rag quilt on Mia Dolce’s blog.

    • says

      It is hard to say. All fabric frays differently. The quilt is thin but is still pretty heavy so it is a nice warm blanket. I wash all the fabrics separately before I put the quilt together and then washed again after. I use tide but detergent would work.

      Thanks for the great questions!

  16. Anonymous says

    Thanks for replying to my question. Did you also prewash the flannel? Did you use a contrasting thread to sew the pieces? The black flannel that you chose makes your quilt pop. I will use flannel too in addition to the cotton and minky.

  17. says

    I did prewash the flannel. I used Pink thread on the entire blanket. So it would blend in the minky but would pop on the patterned cotton fabric on the front.

  18. Kimberly Stover says

    I absolutely love your quilt. I think the colors are fantastic. I think I just figured out what my boys are getting for Christmas this year. Matter of fact, I may go fabric shopping this weekend. I hope I can find some appropriate “guy colors” for them. Now time to check out your other ideas.

  19. says

    I just read your entire tutorial and comments. That’s so nice of you to answer all those questions. It’s like an FAQ section built in to it! Hmmm JoAnn is having a sale today. What the heck I got laid off last week might as well make myself useful. Who knows, maybe I’ll sell a few to friends for some much needed income. Really like it!!!

    • says

      I don’t know exactly how long because I had help, But I cut all the squares in a couple hours and then the next day got it all sewed together but at any given time I had 4 other helping hands. So I can’t give you an exact time. Sorry.

  20. says

    wonderful project. too cute, your mom in her minky preventing mask. How is it I’m not following this awesome craftiness here yet? I most certainly am now.


    Stopping by this sweet Monday to meet a new friend and follow along on your adventures. If you’re up for a bit of a ride, we’re riding the wave of life at Local Sugar Hawaii and I would love, love, love it if you’d join me for the fun.


  21. says

    I love these quilts but I would never have the patience to make one. Me and the sewing machine do not like each other. Beautiful, thanks for sharing on “I Gotta Try That”

    • says

      You do it just the same as the raw edges of the quilt. Sew around the edges of the quilt 5/8 in and then cut your slits every 1/3 inch up to but not over that 5/8 sew line.

      Great question! I hope that helps.

  22. says

    Is the quilt warm enough with the layer of flannel as the batting or do you think I could add and additional smaller square of cotton batting to each square for more warmth and weight.

  23. says

    Forgive me. Maybe this is because I have never sewn a quilt before. I dont know what you mean by flannel batting. And also the instruction skipped the part on how to get the cotton squares with x’s onto the hot pink fabric..? So confused on the exact procedure. I obviously understand with a sewing machine…but (in the picture) the back of the pink fabric looks like x’s were sewn into it. So am I correct to assume that you sew each cotton square onto the pink fabic around the perimeter and also across the x seam previously stitched? Amd then leave half an inch of pink fabric space and start sewing rhe next cotton square in the same manner?

  24. says

    Tara, all great questions. I used flannel as the batting instead of the traditional white thicker batting. I also layered each square with the minky, flannel and then cotton and sewed the X on each square before I started sewing them all together. I hope that helps!

  25. says

    Katie, your rag quilt is really beautiful. I love that you used Minky as I haven’t tried that yet. I started a Facebook page for rag quilters. It has really helped as some of us are novice and others have been making rag quilts for a long time so we all sort of help each other. Some of our quilters have made jean rag quilts and we even have a couple that make rag quilt purses. It is amazing how many creative ways one can use the rag quilting method.

  26. Anissa carlisle says

    I’ve been looking for one of the fabrics you used in your minky blanket. It’s the gray floral. Do you happen to know the designer or name? I would love to have more! I’ve made a rag quilt but my daughter wants to make a minky now. Thanks, Anissa

    • Katie says

      I don’t know the designer name but I can tell you that I got it at Hobby Lobby. I went online and looked and I didn’t see it but I did buy it over a year ago. I am sorry I am not much help.

  27. Vickie says

    I love this blanket and am planning my Christmas projects with this in mind for both my daughters, grandaughters and maybe even one for myself. LOL How much fabric did you buy of each design on the front. Looks like you have 5 different fabrics and the minky.

    • Katie says

      The quilt took a total of 7 1/2 yards of fabric. 2 1/2 yards for each layer, the minky, flannel for batting, and the cotton fabric for the top. For the 5 different fabrics I bought a 1/2 yard of each pattern.

  28. Vickie says

    What kind of machine are you using, my mending machine did ok on the squares and then the first strips but busted on the the final stage of sewing the strips together. What machine can handle the thick layers?
    I’m literally at the tale end of this project and don’t have alot of money to buy a new machine. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Katie says

      I don’t know much about different sewing machines, so I am not going to eb a lot of help. I use a brother and know it wasn’t very expensive. You could alse check the tension of your thread. It might be to tight.

  29. Pam Phelps says

    I’m wanting to make a weighted blanket for my son in this fashion. Any suggestions on how to do the squares and fill with poly pellets? Is the x stitching necessary?

    • Katie says

      I have never used poly pellets as a batting for a quilt before so I am not quite sure how that would work. The x stitching is to keep all three layers together, but if you don’t have the middle layer than you would probably be fine to skip it.

  30. Marisol Cuellar says

    Loved your tutorial!!!! This is my FIRST time sewing and I did it!!!! I made this one…. your tutorial was so easy to follow… and I don’t blame your mom for wearing that mask!! OMG that pink stuff was EVERYWHERE!!! Don’t know how to post my pic here but I will email it to you!!

  31. pam says

    I’ve made rag quilts before with flannel and minky. Is this one made with minky, cotton quilting material and batting? Thank you

  32. Danielle says

    Would you recommend not using a middle “batting” of flannel if I wanted a thinner blanket? I’m making this as a blanket for my daughter due in a month and don’t need anything too warm. Would it be too thin without the flannel? Or if I used a layer of flannel and a layer of Minky? Thanks for the help, and awesome tutorial!

    • Katie says

      My blanket uses flannel as the batting and the minky on the back. If you wanted a thinner and lighter blanket I think you could easily skip the flannel in the middle and just have cotton on one side and minky on the other. I think for a newborn that is a great idea.


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