I saw a pattern for a rag quilt back in July and knew that was the quilt that I wanted to make for our little girl. I went to my local Joanns and searched for 7 different but coordinating fabric. I had a hard time but finally found some that would work. I think next time I will go to the city so I have more of a selection. I followed the pattern directions to a T but found in the end a couple hiccups. First off, flannel shrinks so much when you wash it that you don't end up with a 1/2 yard. My recommendation would be to purchase 3/4 yard in 7 fabrics and 2 1/2 yards of the middle (white is what I used). The 1/2 yard for the binding was plenty and with the little extra from cutting your strips you can add into the binding. I ended up cutting my strips in 5 3/4 inches and 3 inches (if there was enough fabric) or 2 1/2 inches when there wasn't. I also had to trim quite a bit of the sides after everything was stitched due to the width shrinking so much. I know it might sound confusing but I promise it will make sense once you start making it :) If you have any question, please email me and I'll help ya out!
Here are some pictures as I progressed on the quilt. I made it in a weekend with some help of my little guy! He is such a "helper".
|Big pile of freshly washed fabric.|
|Make sure to iron out your fabric-it makes it so much easier to measure, cut, and sew.|
|See how much it shrunk-BOO!|
|My little helper is so cute :)|
|All the strips are cut and ready to be assembled.|
|Put one strip right side down, add a white strip, and place another strip right side up and pin together.|
|Whew, everything all pinned up and ready to sew.|
|Sew a straight line down the middle. I used a contrasting fabric.|
|See the layers?|
|Lay out your strips in the order you want. Believe it or not this took me the longest!|
|After sewing the strips (make sure you always but the backs to each other before sewing) cut slits.|
|This is what the front and back look like.|
|So proud of himself and all the hard work he did!|
|Binding all done, freshly washed and getting some fresh air.|
Now it just need some cool weather and a sweet baby girl to wrap itself around :)
I followed this tutorial for the quilt and this tutorial for the binding.