Tutorial Fabric Strip Rag Quilt

This post was originally posted as a guest post on Sew Can She but I am excited to share this fabulous tutorial with you here at home.

I decided to tackle the strip quilt that I found in the Sew Can She Archives that was shared by Sweetwater.
A simple Rag Quilt tutorial that is great for beginners. If you can sew a straight line you can make this quilt. Makes a perfect as a Baby Quilt
I had done a Minky Rag Quilt before and I love how it turned out so I wanted to try one with strips of fabric instead.
For the strip quilt, I picked up a couple of Jelly Rolls.  For this type of quilt, they really are a very easy way to go.  They have lots of variation and the fabric is pre-cut into 2 1.5 inch strips – Perfect!
For the lining, I went with flannel.  Flannel gives the blanket some nice warmth and frays really nice when washed.  I cut the strips of flannel to the same 2 1/2 inches because I wanted it to peak out between the pieces.
Layer each strip with a piece of cotton fabric facing down, flannel, cotton fabric facing up and sew down the center of the strip.
When all of the strips were sewn I laid them out so I could make sure that none of the same fabrics would be touching
Sew the strips together using a 1/2-inch seam
Fabric Scraps, Tutorial, Quilting for Beginners, Rag Quilt, Jelly Roll
As you can see the one end was a little uneven so I Squared up the blanket and cut the uneven part off.
Sew around all 4 edges of the quilt using the same 1/2 seam
Isn’t it cute? And it is just about done!  All that is left is to wash and dry a couple of times so you can get the nice frayed seams.

This strip quilt was really pretty easy and would be a great beginner’s quilt.  I think I am going to help my 10 year old daughter make one next.


  1. says

    I have to pin this, will print it out after I get new ink cartridges. I’ve wanted to make a quilt but the backing and padding scared me away. This looks like I might be able to actually make one to completion. Love idea of flannel strips. I’ll have to peruse more of your projects, and subscribe. Glad I found your post. Can you buy the jelly rolls at someplace like Jo-Ann’s or would I have to go to quilt shop? Happy weekend

    • says

      Joann’s does carry jelly rolls (or at least my local one does)… unless you have a coupon the ones at the quilt shops are about the same price and nicer, if you are lucky enough to have a quilt shop nearby. Fabric.com is a great affordable place to buy fabric too

      ~Andrea (lifelong sewer and quilter)

  2. says

    wow!!!! I’ve made the square rag quilt and the kind you sew it all together then cut… but I love sewing the strips like this…. Pinning and totally going to make this! I’ve got a stash of fabric and flannel for baby blankets! Emily

  3. says

    I really enjoyed your Fabric Strip Rag Quilt that you shared at my Shine a Spotlight Linky Party this week. Pinned it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing and be sure to stop by again on Saturday. Your craft might just be one of my featured posts!—Deb at DialMforMoms.com

  4. says

    I love your quilt! I’m not a quilter, but I think I could do this. :-) Thanks for sharing the instructions – and the tip about buying the fabric rolls.
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  5. says

    Your quilt is amazing! I have only done baby quilts and I’m hoping to do one for my queen sized bed. I have purchased jelly rolls, but have no idea where to start. Any tips?

    Sarah @ Sugar Cookie Cottage

    • says

      There are lots of different types of quilts you can makes with Jelly Rolls. The strip quilt is pretty easy and is great for a beginner because it is just straight lines. But if you wanted to get a little more difficult I would suggest looking on Pinterest for more ideas. I hope that helps!

  6. says

    I have to send this to my sister who quilts she will love this post! you are truly a talented all around crafter! and Baker too

    Thanks Maria

  7. says

    Very creative! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

  8. Heather H says

    I plan to make this quilt for 3 of my close friends having babies this year. My question is, I was at Joann and they have cotton strips and also flannel strips. Which one do you suggest to use? Thank you so much!!

    • Katie says

      Either would work just fine, I think it comes down to which fabrics to you like better? The flannel will be a little bit warmer so consider that as well when making your purchase. Cotton or fabric strips would work great for this type of quilt.

    • Katie says

      The package of jelly rolls says how many total yards of fabric there are, so I just bought the same amount of flannel for the center. Sorry. I don’t remember exactly how much that was.

  9. says

    This is so great! I love rag quilts. I started one recently, not knowing what I was doing and my sewing machine ended up breaking go figure. This makes me want to get it fixed sooner! The hardest part for me is just coordinating fabric. I see so many cute things but when I go to look for fabric I’m so lost. LOL I would love if you linked this up on my blog for Craft Chaos Tuesdays! Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Brenda Z says

    Hi! Love the quilt! Just wondering don’t you clip the edges for the fraying part? Maybe it frayed without cutting it!


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