Making a baby rag quilt would need a bit of perseverance, a dash of creativity, and a little bit of patience. All of this is going to give an outcome that is simply superb. Provided here is the method to make this quilt.
There is nothing better than the sight of a baby tucked and sleeping peacefully in a nice quilt.
Quilts or the art of quilting, as most of us know is a method of sewing, in which 2 or more layers of fabric is used to form a thicker and softer-padded material.
Quilts are soft and warm and they provide a nice feeling when used. They are in fact the most appropriate choice for an amateur quilter. Furthermore, these baby rag quilts are easy and fun to make as well.
Making the Quilt
¾ yards each of two different 45-inch wide cotton prints, 1¾ yards 45-inch wide flannel, scissors, rotary cutter and mat (optional), ruler, matching thread, and straight pins.
● Cut 35 squares each from both the cotton prints, measuring 8-inches, for a total of 70 squares. That will be the size of this quilt.
● Likewise, take the flannel, measure, and cut 8-inch squares, 35 in number, from it.
● Now, we come to the main part. It is time to make the fabric sandwiches, which is done by stacking the squares. Begin with placing a cotton print having its wrong side up on the working surface.
● Over the first square, place the flannel square. On top of this flannel square, put the other cotton print, right side upward.
● Pin up the edges of these squares after matching them precisely and evenly. Continue this process, till all the squares are done. This would make the pattern.
● Quilting the layers together, stitch an 'X' across the fabric sandwich on the top.
● Lay this on a flat surface and alternate 2 different fabrics with different prints, which are facing upward. This will create a check board design.
● The width should be equal to five such blocks and the length should be a row of 7 such blocks.
● Now in a row of five, sew each of the squares together. The seams of the row should all be on one side of the quilt and have a half-inch seam allowance. For all the remaining 6 rows, sew similarly.
● With seams ideally on the outer side, pin together the top row and the second row. Follow this up by matching the intersecting seams of the squares on every row.
● With a half-inch seam allowance, sew these rows together and repeat the process for the rows which are left.
●This would make the quilt look like usual quilts on one side and there would be exposed seams on the other.
●Take the outer edges of the quilt and again sew a half-inch seam line around the edges.
● Along every exposed seam, clip ¼-inch wide cuts along with the edges of the quilt. Be careful not to clip its stitches.
The Finishing Touches
After one is done making the rag quilt, one would have to wash the quilt. Wash it with a bit of powder or simply with plain water. During and after washing, check the seams. Washing would fray the edges.
If one has forgotten to clip any of the seam, clip the seam or seams prior to drying. After drying, clip the extra threads, if the need be. Another important thing is the back of the quilt. In case one realizes that one has clipped into a seam or seams unknowingly, fold back the frays first.
Then sew again over the previous seam, back stitching at the start and the end of the seam. Make this new seam a bit longer than the original, for adding strength to the quilt. Now, the quilt for one's bundle of joy is ready to use.