Saturday, September 25, 2010

Soft Little Monkey Rag Quilt

I finished the second quilt for my customer!!! I'm so SO happy with how it turned out.

Are you thinking about making a rag quilt? Do you have 24 hours? This crib size monkey quilt took me a day to complete start to finish.

Yes, it's really that easy.

What you need to make your own baby quilt:

Big Shot, Scallop Square Die (115950), about 1 1/4 yards of cotton batting, 3 yards material (cotton or flannel), sewing machine, coordinating thread, pins, sharp scissors for cutting scallops

Here's the steps to make your own rag quilt:

  • Cut the cotton batting (108- 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" squares)

  • Using the Scallop Square Die, run the fabric through the Big Shot (216 scallop squares) I used plain ol' cotton fabric for this quilt, but flannel is also used in rag quilts.

  • Sandwich the batting between to fabric squares and pin them

  • Then quilt an X through all the sandwiched squares

  • Lay out the quilted squares on a table or the floor and arrange them for the quilt

  • Stitch the rows together (9 quilted squares per row) I used a 3/8" seam for this quilt.

  • Then stitch the completed rows (12 quilted rows) I pin where the corner of the squares should meet so that they line up pretty close.

  • Make a seam around the outside of the quilt. I use 1/2" seam.

  • Clip all the scallops

  • Wash and dry (this makes the seams fray and the quilt SOFT)

This quilt is so soft. It's amazing what a difference a wash and dry make:

I love the edges. They frayed out beautifully. (The more times you run your quilt through the washer and dryer, the fluffier and softer it will be become.) This quilt was washed and dried once.
Here's the traditional backside to the quilt.

This is the close up of the material used. My customer choose little monkeys and material that has nursery rhymes printed on it.


  1. absolutely GORGEOUS!!! can I ask what type of material you used for the quilt? is it baby flannel or just a cotton material?

    thanks so much for sharing how you made this!

  2. OMG! You make it look/sound so easy! I would love to make some of these with all the old blue jeans from my guys!
    Is it hard to get the rows all lined up to sew it all together?
    I need a new sewing machine, too. Which one do you use?
    Thanks and sorry for all the questions! LOL

  3. This quilt is absolutely darling. I'd say that you now have passed into the ranks of a quilter, Wendy. You have inspired me to make some quilts for a great-grandaughter to be born in November.
    Sue Erickson aka The Soggy Stamper

  4. Wendy,
    Really lovely. I do like how you say, 216 scalloped squares like it is nothing, I know just 27 passes on the Big Shot!

  5. Is this really something that I could do? I'm a slightly over begining sewer, but I don't love to sew! However, I do love my grandbabies and would love to make one for the newest arrival due in March. My mom always made a quilt but since she has died the last baby didn't get one. I might just need to try.Thanks for sharing.

  6. This is beautiful! Can you share how many yards of each fabric it took? I'd love to make one for my grandson. Thanks for sharing!

  7. It is sooooo beautiful!!! I LOVE it!!! I think I'm gonna open up my new machine (still in the box) and try my hand at sewing!

  8. Wendy, This is so sweet! Could you explain what you mean when you say clip the seams? Are you referring to clipping loose threads? Thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  9. Sorry, I wasn't very clear when I typed out the instructions this morning. I shouldn't have said seams, but rather the scallops. All the scallops on the quilt should be cut ALMOST up to the seam being careful not to cut the stitching. I would recommend cutting every 1/4-1/2". The cutting of the scallops is probably the most time consuming steps of making the quilt. Spring loaded scissors are great for this. :) HTH!


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