More babies! That means time to whip out some baby blankets… my trademark gift! Or at least I think it has become my trademark gift. Lately it has been all about the rag quilts for me. I’ve shared a few of the rag quilts I have made in past posts, and here’s a couple more to share.
Forget about dealing with a bunch of squares. Thanks to Brieda with a B for bringing it to my attention, I’ve been taking an easier route. A few long strips is the way to go for a quicker version of the traditional rag quilt!
This is how I do it:
All it takes is a few strips.. as many as needed to get the length desired. I base the width simply on the width of the shortest fabric (usually the cotton prints).
Sandwich the three layers together. I used flannel print for the backing, natural batting for the middle, and cotton print for the front. I do usually use solid flannel for the middle but I had natural batting already on hand so I worked with that instead.
Next is sewing across the three layers… sometimes sewing across two or three times just for a decorative touch.
Then sew each row to the next with a 1/2″ seam allowance; back sides facing. Once all rows are sewn together, I sew around the perimeter of the quilt with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
The last step… Clip away at the seam allowance! Cut about 1/4″ apart. Be careful not to cut too close to the seams.
Once done cutting, to fray the clippings throw it in the washer and then in the dryer. I do use soap when washing.
There will be a lot of loose thread from the frayed edges. If any stick to the quilt after drying just remove with a lint roller. I always tell mommy to wash separately for the first 2-3 washes to keep loose thread from getting on the rest of the laundry.
Wrap it up, and gift to mommy and baby!
My favorite thing about this rag quilt are these two vintage fabrics. I’ve had them for some time; waiting for that special little girl to come along and claim them. For a while it’s been all boys…
Surely enough a little boy followed along just a couple days after, so this rag quilt followed along too.
I used vintage fabric in this one too.. fabrics you may recognize from past rag quilts.
Not only has it become all about the rag quilts, but also making it Vintage for Baby!