Design a quick, easy, and super soft rag quilt in a single weekend with this must-make quilting project. This Quick & Easy Rag Puff Mini Quilt is made in calming shades of lavender and plum and uses the puff quilt method (also known as the biscuit quilt) to create a design that’s as beautiful as it is snuggle-worthy. Our rag puff quilt finishes at 45″ x 50″, so it’s perfect to use as a comfy lap quilt to keep in your living room or as a homemade toddler or crib quilt for your grandchild. Forget about traditional piecework and experiment with something new with this simple quilt tutorial.
Finished size: 45” x 50”.
- Poly-fil® from Fairfield World, 32 0unces
- Flannel fabric, 2 yards, 5 assorted patterns/shades
- Sewing machine
- Rotary cutter (optional)
- Cutting mat
- Washing machine
- Choose five fabrics in assorted color values, prints, and solids. Pre-wash and dry your fabrics and then iron.
- Cut the twenty 6″ squares from the four lightest colored fabrics and nineteen 6″ squares from the darkest fabric.
- Cut the twenty 7″ squares from the four lightest colored fabrics and nineteen 7″ squares from the darkest fabric.
- Place the wrong sides together of a 6″ and 7″ square (same pattern), lining up the edges on two sides.
- Bring the corner edges together on the bottom edge.
- There will be excess fabric. Make a pleat in the middle of the square and fold the pleat down.
- Stitch the edge starting at about ¾” down from the top, and over the pleat with a scant ¾” seam to within ¾” from the bottom edge.
- Leave the needle in and turn the square.
- Match the bottom corners.
- Form the pleat and stitch, as the previous side. Repeat for the third side. Then, leave the needle in and turn the squares.
- Stuff the opening with Poly-fil®, so it is fluffy and light, not packed.
- Form the pleat and stitch as the previous three sides. One PUFF is completed. Repeat for the other ninety-eight sets of squares.
- Lay all of the puffs out as shown or create your own design.
- Beginning with the first row, place the puffs wrong sides together and stitch with a generous ¾″ seam.
- Continue until all the puffs are sewn together in the row. Repeat for the rest of the rows.
- Place the first and second rows wrong sides together, being sure to match up the seams and stitch in place. Continue stitching rows in order until complete.
- On the front side, clip the raw edges, being sure not to clip through the stitching. Clip the folded part of the pleats both on the top side and bottom. Repeat until the raw edges are done, including the outside edge.
- Place into the washing machine, wash, and then dry. This fluffs up the rag seams. Enjoy!
- Pre-wash all of your fabric.
- Iron your fabric before cutting.
- Use 100% cottons instead of flannel.
- For a fuller rag look, take a one-inch seam and add an extra layer of backing fabric.
- You can change up the design if you want, experiment, and have fun!
- Use more or less colors as desired.
- Use fabric scraps for a scrappy rag puff quilt.