Introduction: Receiving Blanket Rag Quilt
Really simple baby quilt made of used receiving blankets and fleece material.
I asked her mom to just give me all of her daughter's receiving blankets and the ending size reflects that. Instructions are for a 48x59 quilt. If you have less receiving blankets to work with no worries. If you have more material go for a bigger one, you might as well!
Step 1: Materials Needed
For a quilt measuring the 48x59 you will need the following:
20 Receiving Blankets- these are those cute spit up cloths, burp cloths and sometimes go to "blankets". Each receiving blanket makes 4 blocks needed for the quilt. They come in all shapes and sizes so you may get more or less from the fabric depending on the sizes.
2 1/2 yards of Fleece
Quilting Ruler- 8 1/2x 24 is what is pictured and was the easiest to use.
Thread- Match as Desired
*Ironing Board, Iron and starch are Helpful
Step 2: Cutting the Fabric- Making Your 8" Squares
Prepare the receiving blanket by folding it in half on the cutting mat. Use the ruler to trim and make a straight edge on the end of the fabric's shorter edge, using the cutting mat as a guide. Measure 8" with the ruler (not the cutting mat) from the straight edge. Cut as many 8" pieces as the fabric allows. Take the 8" strip (still folded) and cut another 8" from the straight edge (not the fold). If the edge opposite is not lined up with both sides or in any way not straight, trim as necessary to make a straight edge. The folded remnants need to be unfolded and 8" squares made from them, stacking them is easy as long as the edges are lined up. Repeat for all the receiving blankets and the fleece.
Step 3: Piecing and Sewing
Piece the fabric with the blanket print facing outward and the fleece lays between them. Keeping the edges lined up sew from corner to corner making an "X". Ironing and starching helps to keep your fabric from stretching after sewing the "X" is a good time to do this.
Sew 1" away from the edge all the way around the square creating a 1" border. This stitching is easily accomplished by starting where the 1" intersects with a line of the "X" and keeping the 1" until reaching the next line of the "X", lifting the foot turning 90 degrees and continuing on all the way around. If the material puckers or shifts on the edges it does not affect the finished look of this quilt. This line of stitching is your guide for the next step.
Step 4: Place and Sew
Lay out and decide on a pattern of the fabrics however you want. Starting from the end of a row, stack the pieces in order, ending with the first piece on the top and the opposite end of that row on the bottom.
At the sewing machine, take the piece off the top of the stack then put the next piece on top of it. Sew the piece together along one side following the 1" border. Open the pieces by pulling the bottom piece to the left, placing the next piece on top of 2nd piece (piece on the right). Continuing using all pieces in the stack, will complete one row.
Repeat to create remaining rows.
Step 5: Sewing Rows to Completion
Place first row edge to edge with a 2nd row, the 1" material that is to be frayed later will be facing away from each other making a "+" at the intersections. As you sew along the 1" border line, you will fold flat the 1" of material, folding that seam open on the top and the bottom. Repeat to sew all the rows together.
If desired you can cut the 1" to create fringe.