Learn how to sew a simple fabric strip rag quilt using jelly rolls. An easy DIY craft tutorial idea that is perfect for beginner quilters.
Do you love gorgeous quilts but the idea of quilting is a little bit overwhelming? That is totally how I felt when I began my first rag quilt too. But I am here to tell you that you can do it. Rag Quilts are great for beginners and become gorgeous quilts!
I had made a Minky Rag Quilt before and I absolutely love how it turned out so I wanted to try a quilt with strips of fabric instead of squares.
Supplies Used to Make a Fabric Strip Rag Quilt
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- 2 Cotton Jelly Rolls
- 1 ⅔ Yards Flannel
- Cutting Mat
- Quilting Ruler
- Rotary Cutter
- Sewing Thread
- Sewing Machine
How to Make a Fabric Strip Rag Quilt
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 2.5-inch width strips - Perfect! (Sadly, these exact rolls have been discontinued and are no longer available.)
Flannel fabric is used for lining. Flannel gives the blanket some nice warmth and frays nicely when washed. Cut the strips of flannel to the same 2.5-inch width.
Layer each strip with a piece of cotton fabric facing down, flannel, cotton fabric facing up and sew down the center of the strip. It is easiest to sew all of the strips first.
When all of the strips are sewn, lay to arrange the order of the strips making sure none of the same fabrics are next to each other.
Sew the strips together using a ½-inch seam.
Trim the sides of the blanket to make sure they are nice and straight after sewing the strips together.
Sew around all 4 edges of the quilt using the same ½ seam.
Isn't it cute? 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 is pretty easy to make! I think I may help my 10-year-old daughter make one next.
Have you made a quilt before or will this be your first? Share and leave a comment below!
Our Sewing Essentials List
- The Sewing Machine we use is a Singer Fashion Mate and has been a great machine.
- The Cricut 18" x 24" Self Healing Cutting Mat is my favorite. Beautiful pattern on one side, and measurements on the other.
- This Rotary Cutter cuts easily and is very comfortable to hold.
- And one can never have enough Measuring Tapes! I'm always misplacing mine.