What Is The Best Material To Make A Crib Size Rag Quilt
Cotton Fabrics Make A Great Rag Quilt of Any Size
Learning how to make a crib size rag quilt is much easier when you keep these 5 key tips in mind. Fabrics that fray along cut edges make the best rag quilts. The three fabrics I use and recommend are quilting cotton, cotton flannel and denim because they fray very well. Quilting cotton fabrics work great and offer the most color and pattern variety. Use your stash or scrap quilting fabrics leftover from previous projects as a terrific way to use it up. That’s great incentive to create a beautiful rag quilt.
Tip 1: Always use cotton fabrics that will fray when cut and washed for a soft, fuzzy touch.
Cotton Flannel Makes A Great Crib Rag Quilt
My personal favorites are flannels because they make such a cuddly soft rag quilt. Not only does flannel fray really well but the rag edges feel like a cotton ball. Denim works very well and makes a much heavier quilt. Therefore you’ll find lots of possibilities working with denim. Definitely stay away from knits or synthetic fabrics as they won’t fray along the cut edges to get that rag look you’re going for. Stick with cottons for the best results.
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How Many Layers Do You Need For A Crib Size Rag Quilt
Traditional Rag Quilts Have Batting
Traditionally rag quilts have three layers, the top fabric, bottom fabric and quilt batting in the middle. I’ve constructed all my rag quilts this way. As with any creative plan, there are many ways to alter projects to your personal taste. Take as much artistic license as you want and see what works best for you.
Can You Make A Rag Quilt Without Batting
Try making a light weight rag quilt leaving the batting out. Use just two layers of fabric, with cotton quilt fabric on top and cotton flannel on the bottom. This rag quilting method will result in a lightweight quilt and still have the nice fuzzy edges that make rag quilts so special.
Even better is to add a second layer of flannel in the middle. This will add a bit more weight and will keep those rag edges nice and fluffy. Cut the middle flannel squares the same size as the top and bottom blocks. Do you already see how much easier this is?
Since all three layers of fabric will be sewn into the seams, there is no need to sew and ‘X’ across the center of the square. All three layers will be held in place securely by the seams. this is a huge time saver. Not only eliminating the extra cutting of smaller batting squares, but no quilting either. This could become my new favorite rag quilting method.
What Size Is A Crib Rag Quilt
Determining What Size Crib Quilt to Make
There is no right or wrong answer here. Considering that a crib mattress measures about 28” x 52”, you have quite a bit of leeway since most quilts will be use outside the crib when baby first comes home. Instead make your baby quilt the best size for the new little one.
Consider Function First
Keep in mind that most baby quilts function as a floor covering for babies to lay and play on. A 40” x 50” makes a very nice size that will get lots of use. For example, this blue flannel baby quilt measures 45” x 45”. It’ll be perfect to give plenty of room for baby to stretch and roll across.
Once the new baby grows a bit, they’ll love snuggling into their quilt. So consider making it long enough to keep them covered when sleeping.
Are Quilts Safe for Babies
Keep in mind that the American Association of Pediatrics recommends not to use quilts or blankets within the crib for infant safety. Therefore, while your crib quilt may drape over the side when not in use, its actual size isn’t really important. Whatever the size, it’ll get lots of use and love for a very long time.
What Are The Best Size Squares For A Crib Size Rag Quilt
Are Small or Large Blocks Better
My rag quilts have varied from 5” to 9” cut squares. Proportionately it works best to use smaller squares for smaller rag quilts, and larger squares for larger rag quilts. This baby rag quilt was made with 5” cut squares which ends up being a 4” square once the quilt is pieced. Check out How to Make A Rag Quilt for detailed instructions on making your own rag quilt. I made this baby quilt 45” x 45” for a nice size that can be used by baby for a good while.
Are There Other Options
Of course, there are always opportunities for artistic liberties. Make your rag quilt the way you feel inspired to create it. Whatever the size block, remember to allow enough seam allowance for assembly and fraying. I sew all my rag quilts with a ½” seam which means you need to add a full inch to your finished block size.
What is the Correct Size to Cut the Batting for a Rag Quilt
Since you will attach your blocks with a ½“seam allowance, cut your batting 1” smaller than your quilt block. This way, when you sew your ½“seam, the batting is enclosed inside the quilt. You don’t want bits of fuzzy batting finding their way out of the seams between your blocks.
Tip 2: Cut the batting 1” smaller than the block size
Rag Quilts Are Incredibly Forgiving
Rag quilts are quick, easy projects that make a wonderful gift for a new baby. They are small, so buying fabric is less costly. You may even have enough fabric stashed away someplace close by that you can use. Since batting is cut into individual squares, it’s very easy to use up scraps left from other projects. The best part is that with all the frayed edges, imperfect seams will never even be noticed.
Tip 3: Don’t omit quilting each block with a large “X” from corner to corner to hold the batting in place or you won’t be happy with your results when the batting bunches up in the corners.
How To Quilt A Rag Quilt
Quilting each block with an ‘X’ from corner to corner before sewing them together is a must. Without this stitching to stabilize your block, the batting isn’t being held in place. You don’t want to find your batting rolled up into the corner after the quilt gets some use. The last thing you want is for your quilt to become a lumpy mess after all that work. Yes, that’s personal experience talking!
How to Finish A Crib Size Rag Quilt
How To Sew A Crib Size Rag Quilt Together
With all your blocks quilted, decide how you want to lay them out. Piecing them into small units which are then assembled into larger sections makes the assembly process much easier.
Tip 4: Sharp scissors are a must!
Lots Of Clipping Results In A Great Rag Quilt
The frayed edges of a rag quilt result from clipping each seam every 1/2″. This is a big project if done all at once when the sewing is finished, therefore as you complete piecing your small units, clip your seams before the final assembly.
Use the Best Tools
Use the sharpest scissors you have or your hands will tire quickly. Once you begin attaching more blocks, clip those seams too. Complete all the clipping before adding the border if you choose to add one. Clipping your border will be the final step and you will definitely appreciate all the previous clipping you already did!
After making your first rag quilt you will really appreciate these Rag Quilt Spring Snippers! Clipping with these snippers is so much easier than using conventional scissors. I received mine as a gift and keep them handy all the time. The spring provides the tension to release the blades as you cut. That means your hand isn’t doing all that work. The difference is amazing!
This crib size rag quilt was first assembled into 4-patch blocks which were then sewn into the finished crib quilt. Check out How to make a rag quilt for other rag quilt ideas.
How To Finish Edges Of A Rag Quilt
Do Rag Quilts Need A Border
A border isn’t necessary for any rag quilt, which makes them so easy to make. Although after lots of use the edge seams may begin to come loose. Adding a border to your rag quilt strengthens the outer edge through lots of use and many washings.
By adding a border around the edge, your new rag quilt looks nicely finished. Most importantly, you don’t have to worry about your edge blocks coming loose because the border strengthens all that work you did.
Tip 5: Add a 2” border strip to secure the outer quilt edge.
What Size Border Should Be Added To A Rag Quilt
My borders widths vary depending on the size of the blocks used. The 4” finished squares of this baby rag quilt has a 2” finished border. Each piece measures 3” wide by the length of each side. Layer your border pieces with batting in between. Instead of sewing an ‘X’ to stabilize the batting, simply sew from one end to the other. My quilt has two lines of stitching about an inch apart.
How To Sew A Border To A Rag Quilt
First use a ½” seam allowance when sewing the border to the quilt . After sewing all four sides to the quilt, sew a ½” in from the outside edge all around your quilt. This edge will also be clipped for the final finish of your crib size rag quilt.
Learn How to Make a Rag Quilt Corner Rosette
Add Corner Rosettes to Your Next Rag Quilt
Learn how to make a 5” square rosette block. Your rosette block may be adjusted to any size to fit your quilt. This baby quilt has a rosette in each corner. These corner rosettes were cut at 2” to fit in the 2” border on each side. Since they are so small, there is only one extra layer of fabric. But notice how full the rosette is with just that extra layer.
Cut & Sew Rosette Squares
Step 1: Cut two 5”x5” fabric squares. With wrong sides together, insert a 4” piece of batting between the two layers of fabric. On the top of all three layers, sew diagonally from corner to corner. Do the same on the other corner so you have a large “X” stitched on your square.
Cut two each of three more squares to layer your rosette. The smaller squares should measure 4”x4”, 3”x3”, and 2”x2”. Layer them wrong sides together.
Stack & Sew Rosette Squares Together
Step 2: Center the pair of 4”x4” squares on top of your 5” sewn block. It will fit inside the previously sewn block. Sew a square ½” from the outside edge.
Step 3: Center the pair of 3”x3” squares on top of your sewn block and sew in the same manner as above.
Step 4: Center the pair of 2”x2” squares on top of your sewn block and sew in the same manner as above. Sew a small “X” from corner to corner to secure all the layers.
Step 5: The back will show each row of stitching ½” apart.
Clip & Finish Rosette Squares
Step 6: Clip each row of squares ½” apart to get the rag effect when the piece is washed.
Step 7: Wash and rinse well to remove all the small strings to reveal your beautiful rosette.
Making a crib size rag quilt is a great first project of this type of quilting. It’s small enough to finish quickly, yet will produce a wonderful quilt for a new baby. Give it a try and add your project photos to IG #createmorebeautyinyourlifeeveryday.