From Fabric Stash to Rag Quilt-It's Addictive!

Jul 12, 2017 8:58:00 AM / by AccuQuilt

Do you love to collect scraps of fabrics or older fabrics which have a vintage look? Do you believe in going green and recycling? If you said yes to both of these questions, then those fabric scraps or older fabrics are what you need to create vintage looking rag quilt.


I am sure we all remember growing up watching our grandmothers, mothers, and aunts using old and used fabrics. The reasons for this would be to save on the cost of buying fabrics and secondly to recycle old fabrics. The rags or fabric patches used in their quilts would be of different designs, colors and materials available at the time. The entire quilt would then be hand sewn prior to the widespread use of the sewing machine.

Quilting nowadays has become very easy and fun, especially rag quilting. Earlier quilters would spend days sewing these blankets and then snipping edges of the blocks in quilts to get that frayed, old vintage look. Now with AccuQuilt GO!® Rag dies, you save the time of cutting those blocks as well as snipping the edges. You eliminate the hassle of hand-cutting the fringe. You can create a baby rag quilt or a tote bag in one day. In addition, a larger rag quilt can be an easy weekend project. AccuQuilt GO! Rag dies are available in different shapes and designs that you could use to get the design you’re looking for. Here are some of the free patterns available to make a Rag Quilt from AccuQuilt


GO! Cozy Rag Quilt Squares Pattern

This rag quilt is so easy to make using the Rag Die and your new or old scrap fabrics. Make it just the size and color you need. Danger: these quilts are addictive!


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Die used to complete this quilt pattern:

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GO! Rags to Riches Rag Quilt Pattern

Use our GO! Rag Square dies to make a fast and easy rag quilt for a loved one. With the fringe already included on our rag dies, cutting out this quilt is really quick work. Additionally, since it's straight line sewing, this quilt pattern is perfect for beginner quilters and a must-have for their collection.


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Dies used to complete this quilt pattern:


GO! Picnic Rag Quilt Placemats Pattern by Heather Banks

The GO! Picnic Place Mats are a fun addition to any table setting. You'll have so much fun creating this faux cathedral windows look with the quilt as you go method, you'll be working on a bed quilt in no time! This project makes the perfect gift for any friend, quilter or not!



Dies used to complete this quilt pattern:


GO! Raggy GO! Floor Rag Quilt Pillow Pattern

This quick and easy project will be the hit of anyone who wants to curl up with a cozy pillow. Use it on the bed or floor in your own special colors and fabrics. It's a great way to use up scrap quilt fabric, too. Make it in Christmas fabrics for great holiday hostess gifts!



Dies used to complete this quilt pattern:

Rag quilts are prominently made using flannel or fleece; however, you can also use cotton fabric depending on your projects like a tote bag, handbag, lap quilt, or baby quilt.

As far as the construction of rag quilts projects go, you have to construct each block of a rag quilt before you put the entire quilt together. The process is pretty simple and even a beginner can create a beautiful tote or quilt easily. You can sandwich the batting between the two fabric pieces or choose not to use batting if you desire a quilt that is not too thick. For the 5 1/4" size rag square, you will need to cut one piece of fabric for the quilt top, another fabric scrap for the backing fabric, and a 3 1/4" sized square for the batting. Keep in mind that the measurement for the batting square excludes the fringe. Then place the right side of backing square face down. Place batting square on top of the backing square and finally lay the right side of main fabric face up. Stitch the three fabric squares together with a X design sewing from corner to corner. Once you have completed this, you can begin to construct your quilt using the rag squares you’ve already put together.

If you are cutting fleece or flannel, I suggest using one or two layers of fabric in your GO! Baby™ Fabric Cutter. If you are using cotton fabric, then you can cut up to six layers of fabric in your GO! Baby easily. If you want to give stability and warmth to your quilts, use batting or denim. If you decide to go with denim, it is not necessary to use batting.

by Seema SK of Hooks, Needles and Brushes



Seema SK is a wife to a loving and supporting husband and mother to her small Pomeranian Husky. Seema blogs and shares her passion for crafting and quilting with sewing tutorials on Hooks, Needles and Brushes. In addition, she offers patterns on Ravelry and her blog for crocheted Amigurumi toys.  You can find her tutorials on Moda Bake Shop.

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