Easy Free Quilt Pattern: Shaggy Raggy Quilt

If you are looking for a fun and unique quilting project, try using this easy free quilt pattern for a shaggy, raggy quilt. It is perfect to give as a gift for children or a baby shower gift.

Materials You Will Need:

  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • Marking pen or pencil
  • Scissors or rotary cutter
  • Rotary cutting mat to use with rotary cutter
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins

Instructions:
Choose at least two types of fabric. Either purchase fabric in your desired patterns or use fabric scraps. I have seen this type of quilt done in fleece or flannel. Even regular 100% cotton fabric can be used to make this rag quilt. Blue jean material, either yardage or old blue jeans cut into squares, can be used alone or mixed and matched with other fabrics. Don't hold back. Use your imagination and have fun creating a cozy blanket.

For baby blanket size:

  • Cut 50 9 ½ inch squares of fabric
  • Cut 25 8 inch squares of batting

Batting need not be used. If you're using fleece, batting can be left out. The blanket will be nice and soft without it. If you're using mostly blue jean material, you might find the quilt is too heavy after adding batting. The choice is yours.

Batting
There are different types to choose from: high loft, low loft, poly-fil and cotton. Use whatever you prefer, or whichever batting type gives you the results you are looking for.

Make a sandwich using two fabric squares and one batting square. The batting is in the middle with the fabric placed with the wrong sides together. Pin this square together.

Using a fabric marking pencil or pen, mark an X across your quilt block. Use a ruler to make sure to get straight lines from corner to corner. Before marking the quilt block, test your marking tool on a fabric scrap to make sure it doesn't bleed and that it washes out.

Sew along the lines drawn on the square that mark the X.

Continue making blocks in this manner until you have enough for your quilt.

Assembling the Squares
Lay out the squares in whatever pattern you choose. For the baby blanket, I alternated one solid square with one striped square and laid them out five across and five down.

Sew the blocks together in rows. Start by sewing two blocks together with a ½ inch seam. There will be a raw edge that will be the top of your quilt. Attach another block to the first two, always using a ½ inch seam and always making sure the raw ½ inch edge is on the same side. Continue until all the blocks are joined in rows.

Next, sew the rows together using a ½ inch seam. Make sure the raw edge of the long row seam is on the same side as the raw edges from the joining blocks. Where the seams meet, fold one seam allowance one way and the other the opposite way. This eliminates some of the bulk where all the seams meet. Continue until all the rows have been connected.

Stitch a ½ inch seam around the entire quilt. These edges will also be raw. Make sure your finished quilt has one raw edge side and one smooth side.

Using a pair of scissors (you can use a rotary cutter if you are not afraid of accidentally cutting in too far), snip along all raw edges about a half an inch apart. Be careful not to cut into your stitching.

Make a label for your quilt and attach it.

Wash your quilt and you are done. Watch the raw edges fray and soften.

This is a fun and easy quilt to make. Don't forget to take a picture for your album and enjoy.

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