Adorable Rag Quilt Secrets
With the popularity of my recent rag quilts posts, here are a couple Adorable Rag Quilt Secrets to share. This quilt is perfect for a little girl to wrap herself up all nice and snug. The front is full of flowers in pink & purple with some great polka dot flannel on the back. There are a couple unique features about this quilt that makes it quick to sew and fun to make. Did you notice the borders?
If you’re new to rag quilting, this introduction How to Make a Rag Quilt is a general overview. Next is How to Make a Crib Size Quilt with low volume fabrics. Then there’s also How to Make an Easy Blue Jean Rag Quilt which has a couple short cuts to make this a great option. Here’s a list of some Important Rag Quilt Tips to remember when making your next rag quilt. Be sure to check it out and download a copy to keep on hand. And just for a bit of fun, check out these sweet DIY Faux-Chenille Heart Pillows that are a perfect match for this quilt!
How to Make Ruffled Rag Quilt Borders
The first Adorable Rag Quilt Secret is the ruffles…well sort of like ruffles. These extra rag border strips look so sweet around the edge of this quilt. Most all my rag quilts have borders. It stabilizes the edges and adds a nice finished look to the quilt. With this quilt, I took that border a step further.
Using the long-ish narrow strips left over from cutting the 10” blocks, an idea brewed for a border. By sewing these left over pieces into a long strip, they make a perfect ruffle trim for the border adding lots more fluff. The border has three layers and the two ruffle strips are two more narrow layers sewn on top.
How to Make A Ruffled Rag Quilt Border
The borders were completely assembled before adding them to the rag quilt. It’s much easier to handle a few long narrow strips than shifting a whole quilt around. First the three 3” border layers were sewn together with a ½´seam down both sides just to hold everything in place. Then two rows of a double layer of 1 ½” flannel was sewn about an inch in from the outer edges. Once the sewing was completed, every edge was clipped to get plenty of fraying.
The final step was to sew the borders in place. Since the border edges were already sewn, it’s a quick step to get them added to the quilt. Then sew one final round of all the outside edges for some extra reinforcement. These ruffled rag quilt borders definitely add a more feminine look and make this quilt even more plushy than the norm.
How to Make a Rag Quilt Without Batting
The second Adorable Rag Quilt Secret is the extra flannel layer instead of batting for a total of three fabric layers. The top layer is regular quilting cotton with a double layer of flannel below.
Without the traditional batting layer, there’s no ‘quilting’ required, because the middle flannel block is sewn into the seams which keeps everything in place. That means there’s no fabric shifting. Therefore, there’s no need for the extra sewing to stitch the traditional ‘X’ across the block because the flannel isn’t going anywhere. It’s a huge time saver!
This quilt turned out so sweet! I hope you get some good ideas from these variations I tried. Never miss an opportunity to try something a bit different as you’re quilting, you never know what new design you might create!
It’s pink, and what’s not adorable about a pretty little pink floral rag quilt surrounded by ruffles!. What a fun project this turned out to be – very quick and easy!