Make an Adorable, Cute, Soft, Cuddly Rag Baby Quilt!

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Hi, I’m Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and we thought today that we would take you from start to finish on how to make a wonderful baby quilt.

Today we’ve decided to use this Minkee fabric. It is a wonderful feeling fabric that just makes you want to rub it and touch it. Everybody that comes in wants to put it right on their face. It’s absolutely amazing. It makes an amazing baby quilt, it’s just so soft and the babies love it! We have it in these large 10” squares that make a really nice sized quilt which I’ll show you in a little bit, but we wanted to use these little small Charm Packs, Minkee Brights that come in Charm Packs, and show you how to make a quilt using these.

Some of these are flat, and some are knobby, and so that makes fun for different textures, and so we thought we would show you how to do that today, and it’ll be kind of fun. We’ve chosen to back our Minkee Rag Quilt with flannel and for one set of these Minkee Brights, there’s about twenty squares in here, it’ll take about a half a yard of flannel to back it.

So, we’re going to use this striped flannel. We think it’ll be fun, and what we’re going to do with this, see this is the really soft fuzzy side and this would be the backside, and what we’re going to do first is, we’ve cut our flannel squares in 5” squares the same size as our Minkees. This is the back of the flannel you can see, and we’re going to put our backs together, so that both right sides are out, and then we’re going to go to the sewing machine and sew an X on here.

Now, when some people make these rag quilts they put a little square of batting in here, which you can do or not either way, but for today, I like the weight of a Minkee blanket that is just the flannel and the Minkee. It’s
not too heavy. It’s just a nice weight.

So, we’ll go over to the sewing machine and we’ll sew those down into an X shape. So, this is just really a quick and easy way to make a baby quilt. We call this a rag quilt because all the seams will be turned toward the front. So, the first thing we’re going to do on this little baby rag quilt, is we’re going to sew a stitch line from corner to corner diagonally.

Now, if you’re unsure about yourself and being able to sew a straight line you can pencil a line in on there, but I’m just going to do what I call eyeballing it and we get from end to end. So, we’re going to set this right
under here, just like that, and I hold my point out so that I can see where I’m going to and then I start sewing.

Let’s see, there we go, and we’re just going to sew straight across and make an X. So, there’s one side of our X. I’m just using beige thread because it’ll go with all of it and it’ll blend together, and I’m going to sew the other side of the X. The reason for the X is to hold the two squares together when we put the seams toward each other. So, I’ll explain that in just a sec.

So, you can see the X on this, or maybe you can see it better on this side. We’re going to have that little X there and we’re going to
do this to all of our squares and then I’ll show you how we attach them together.

OK, sonow we have our Minkee squares sewn together. You can see they don’t have to be perfect. The squares don’t have to line up perfectly, or your lines don’t have to be exactly perfect, because this is just going to be a real easy fun, quick baby quilt. And we’re going to end up cutting these edges, and what we’re going to do now is we’re going to put our flannel is our background so we’re going to put the flannels together,
and line them up, and then we’re going to sew about a ½” in on the Minkee square. Right about here and attach those together, and let’s go ahead and do that for a few squares.

There we are, we’re about a ½” in. It just rolls along like that, pull it off and see what we’ve done here is we’ve got the flannels on the back. This will make a completely finished back when we’re done. Then the Minkee comes toward the front

and we have this funny front seam up here and what we’re going to do is we’re going to
clip that. So, that it frays and gives it a rag look. This is just an adorable blanket.

So, let’s put a few more squares together. Again, the flannels to the back, and we’re going to sew a ½” here. There it goes with the Minkee. The flannel really helps stabilize it on the back. This Minkee actually only has a one-way stretch which is nice. I’ve put some Minkee on the backs of quilts. It’s just an absolutely exquisite fabric. It’s just so yummy
to touch.

Alright, let’s end with a purple one here. So, here we have a little row and you want to remember now, in this packet of Minkees there’s only twenty squares. So, this isn’t going to make a very large quilt, but if you get a couple of boxes of these it just will be an amazing baby quilt, this is so fun to touch.

OK, so here’s your one row. We’re going to make a little quilt that’s four by five, and here’s our first row, and so, we’ll sew now the second row together, so you can see how to put that row together.

OK, so nowwe have these two rows together and I’m going to show you how to go ahead and sew them together. It’s the same idea. We lay this one over, backs to backs, and see I didn’t even get these all going the same direction, and even that looks cute! So, we’re going to put them on here like this. We’ll line up our little seams, so, it doesn’t matter how big
your seam is, it matters that you’re consistent. So however big you decide to make your seams make them all that size. I, again, went with ½”.

So, now we’re just going to sew this, and when we do we’re going to put one side of this Minkee to one side and the other side, so it doesn’t have too much bulk. It’s really not going to matter either way because
we’re going to cut it and I’ll show you how we do that. But let’s go ahead and sew this together first.

So, here we go, again ½” I reach underneath here and push this one forward, so that I have my fabric is going on both sides of my seam line, and again, I’m just going to reach under here, see, and just tuck that up, and make sure this one comes on the fold. One more time, we’re going to tuck that over, and you can go either direction. You could go the bottom forward and the top up but we’re just going to do it this way for now.

There we go, and hopefully they’ll match up on the edge, but if they don’t, again, it’s all right! So, here we have our little, the first two rows of our rag quilt, and let me show you what we do now, we’re going to take this edge, we’re going to put our scissors under it. Now they make scissors for this that are little nippers that help you be exact, but you can use any scissors as you see I’m just using my fabric scissors they
have to have good points, and I’m clipping along here about every ½”, and you have to make sure you don’t cut into your stitch line. We’re just cutting along and so, we’ll go and we’ll trim up this whole little quilt.

Now see right here where our corner is and we’ve stitched, we have all our directions, we’re just stitching on either side of that seam on all sides of that seam. So, we’re going to go down here. We’re going to go over here on this side and snip this one. We leave the seam intact, but we want all of this to kind of fluff up.

There we go, so then we’ll come back down this side and we’ll clip it. Let me get this over here so you can see it better. There we go. So, we’ll clip this all the way out to the edge. There we go, OK, so then you can see that this is going to all fray up and be cute, and we want to do the same thing and just go ahead and clip all the way out here.

All these seams need to be clipped. See, we’re going right close to that stitch line, but not to it. So, when we open that up, it’ll all fray up, and it’ll just look adorable when it’s washed. That flannel will really fray up and I’ll show you how that will look. Now the other thing that you need to know when you’re making a rag quilt is how to finish the edge. If you just take and sew, again, your ½” all the way around your edge, you can do the same thing, just clip tight along it.

So, let’s go ahead and I’ll show you, I’ll just sew right down this edge, and we’ll show you how to finish that. You can add a border or other things, but this is a real quick easy way to do it, and it’s the way I like to finish my rag quilts, because it just makes a fun edge.

So I’m going to sew a ½” around and then we’ll clip that. OK, so here you can see we’ve stitched right along the edge and see I just stitched right over these because, again, as we clip these we’re going to lift this side up with our scissors and this side up. Then as we come to this outside edge we’ll just clip right along here and it will give it a really nice frayed edge when we do it.

See, won’t that be cute? I can’t wait to show it to you all finished! We’ll do that in a bit, but first I want to show you some other Minkee quilts and some other rag quilts that we’ve done if you’ll follow me back into the shop.

OK, I want you to take a look at this Minkee quilt. This is the package that we have in the shop that comes right here, and we just backed it on squares of flannel. Just like we did in there, the flannels a little larger. Clipped the edge, sewed them together, seams straight up, and this is adorable. This is a really nice sized blanket. It’s really fun. We actually had a woman come in the other day and say, “I’m gonna by me one of these for my menopause blanket!” I just thought that was hilarious!

Anyways, it’s a real great baby blanket, we like to keep it at that, but I wanted to show you this also. You know I’m the queen of saving things, and with all the boys at my house we always have lots of old jeans. Well, I just took these denim squares, and topped them with homespun, and you can see how nice that frays up like the old, when you just wash it in the washer it frays up. I mean your lint trap’s going to be full for a couple of times. But then it’s just cute and adorable.

So let me spread this out so you can see what this looks like. There we go, the nice thing about using this denim on the back is if your denim quilt gets a hole in it, well you can just iron on a patch! So, that’s fun and easy!

Anyways, there’s always lots of quick and easy things we can do and we like to help you do them at the Missouri Star, and we hope that you love this little baby quilt! It’s just a fast easy, quick baby quilt that babies love to touch it, you’re going to love this Minkee! Thanks, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company!

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  • Sippiewallace

    I want one!!! I like the menopause blanket idea!!

  • JuneElaine

    So thankful I saw this –  Now I can use my Binding Tool.  Thank  You very much.June Pitman

  • Janet

    Love the denim/homespun rag quilt. What size are the squares?

  • sheryl ball

    Love this!! Thanks!!

    • JenM

      Hope you’ll give it a try, Sheryl!

  • Karin Nel

    I so enjoy your tutorials! . . I’ve made rag quilts . . they are fun to make . . Tks

  • Sunne Gregg

    Just love theses quilts, but have one question. I already have some flannel pcs. At home. Do you have any fabric amts. needed for this quilt?

    • JenniferMSQC

      Sunne, Jenny used twenty 5″ squares and about 1/2 yd of flannel for the backing on this baby quilt. But really the size is up to you. Hope that helps!

  • Betty

    Can you use Minkee fabric on both sides of the quilt or is flannel required for stabilization?

  • Glenda Bliss

    I know I am going to love this quilt when I get finished …. but seriously what a mess this makes … my sewing room has lint all over and I have cleaned my sewing machine twice and I am still not finished. LOL I can’t wait to see how many times I get to change the dryer screen when I wash it. I love that Jenny always is so up about how much fun it is going to be. She is a doll!

  • rosalind McClam

    do I have to sew a x on the squares if I am using cotton and flannel for back?