Rag Quilt Photos

Wow, just wow. Yesterday I had a HUGE traffic spike over here on my little blog. Lots of people were downloading my handy little chart to know how many squares to cut for different sizes of Rag Quilts. That makes me happy. ;0)

For a little bit more inspiration, here are some photos of rag quilts that I’ve made…


Rag Quilt Photos from TheDesignest #ragquilt #tulapink

This one was made with a Tula Pink Parisville charm pack & was the very first rag quilt that I made. I made it on Christmas day actually. Such an easy project that just gets you excited because they come together so quickly.

Several pictures of rag quilts on TheDesignest blog

Soon I am going to be releasing a pattern for the Chevron Rag Quilt that you see here. I love the way this one turned out! UPDATE: You can find the Chevron Rag Quilt Pattern here. (affiliate link)

Rag quilt back using muslin #ragquilt

This photo shows the back of the rag quilt. I like to use a traditional muslin backing and quilt batting in the middle.

More rag quilt photos on TheDesignest blog #ragquilt


Loved this quilt! The picture doesn’t really do it justice. All of the adorable floral patterns and prints really made this one special.


Another fun one was this cute beach boy themed rag quilt. All of the prints that were used had something to do with the ocean. The little heart in the corner bumps this one up a notch.

Rag Quilt images from TheDesignest blog #ragquilt

Another boy themed rag quilt. This one was completely inspired by the awesome ninja animals flannel print. These guys had to be “fussy cut” and then appliquéd on to a solid color flannel square. These squares are larger than the 6″ square that I normally go with. I think they were something like 8″.

Rag Quilts from TheDesignest #ragquilt


Rag Quilt with a Charm Pack TheDesignest.com #ragquilt #charmpack


I made these two rag quilts as sister quilts. They both were made from the same fabric line {West Indies by Jennifer  Paganelli}. One was done with the traditional 6 inch square blocks and the other was done with a chevron design. As I mentioned before, the chevron design instructions will be coming soon. UPDATE: Now published at Craftsy.com!

Hope this gives you a little bit of a spark to jump in and start a #ragquilt today!  You might want to hop over to my How to Make a Rag Quilt post, or check out the Best Fabrics for a Rag Quilt.

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Hi, I'm Robin, founder of The Designest, the place for tutorials, printables, and ideas to inspire you to create. A wife, mother, entrepreneur, and a true maker at heart. Most days you will find me in my studio listening to Spotify & making products for The Designest Shop.

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19 Replies to “Rag Quilt Photos”

    1. Janet – Thank you so much! I use Pellon Natures Touch 100% cotton batting. Yes, the batting does show & it’s super soft too!

  1. So I just cut out 20 6″ squares of four different fabrics and want to make a chevron rag quilt. I am thinking of getting a white/cream to go in between each of the colored/patterned fabrics, but now I am clueless as what to do next. I’m already wishing I had cut my fabrics into 8″ squares…any suggestions on how to do this? Or when will your chevron tutorial be posted?


        1. I wouldn’t recommend using minky for the white parts for a couple reasons. First it is difficult to work with. It stretches in one direction usually. It also doesn’t fray so it won’t give you as much of that raggy look. Thanks for buying the pattern! Please let me know if you have any questions on it!

          1. So how much of the white fabric will I need if I am doing 6” squares for a throw size blanket? Thanks!

  2. How big is the Chevron Rag Quilt after it is finished. I bought the pattern but cannot find a finished size anywhere.
    Thank you.

    1. Valerie – finished size as the pattern is written is 40″x49″. It’s easy to size up if needed. Longer, just add another row. Wider, you will need to add more chevron blocks to each row. Let me know if any other questions pop up!

    1. Hi Becky

      Sorry I’m late responding to your question, I was caught up in the before Christmas activities.

      I really don’t make that many cuts around the squares, which probably explains why you can’t see any. I usually only make relief cuts at the corners because that is the look that I like. When I do want that look, I will snip about every inch or so. There isn’t any ‘rule’ though so I’d say do what you like best!


  3. I LOVE all of your quilts with the pretty colors and patterns! Are they all done in flannel? The problem I have when using flannel is the “pilling” of the flannel. I washed the rag quilt after I finished in cold water and dried it and all of my blocks have little fuzz balls. Some of the fabric was white and blue flannel and there are pink fuzz balls from my other fabric. HELP! What did I do wrong!!

    Thanks so much for your input!


    1. Anne – I use both quilting cottons and flannel in my rag quilts, so some of the pictures are of cottons and some are flannels. Because of the nature of flannel fabrics is to have loose fibers to give it that soft feel, you will get some pilling. It sounds like your flannel is holding on to the lint fibers from something red that you washed with it?

  4. I love the rag quilts and I will be making one this month. My questions is, do you cut the seam (fray it)? Many tutorials I have seen, they cut all the seams once sewn, but I can’t see how you finished yours in the pictures.

  5. Hi Robin!

    I am planning on making a t-shirt rag quilt following your tutorial for my children using their school tshirts. Is there another way to sew the squares other than the “x” method? I’m afraid that if I sew an “x” on the tshirts it will take away the design/print on the tshirts. Also, do I need to use interfacing on the tshirts? I’m thinking that will take away from the softness of the tshirts. Any suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

  6. Do you have to only use flannel for the rag quilt or can you use cotton fabric? Also what is your preference on the fabric as far as which makes a better looking rag quilt?

  7. What are relief cuts? I have not heard that term before. I am up to around 40 rag quilts made with probably 20-25 more cut and ready to sew. Waiting for my machine to be serviced so I can get started again.

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