Monday, October 3, 2011

Striped Ragtop Baby Blanket

I know the ragtop quilt has been around awhile.  It's a fun easy project. Well, here's how to make it even easier and faster:

Gather your materials:   

1 yard each of three coordinating colors of flannel
sewing machine
sharp scissors
First you need to cut your fabric into 7" X 36" strips.  The best way to do this is to refold your fabric.  It comes off the bolt like this:

Open it up and fold it the other way, like this:

At this point cut it into 7" strips and it will be 36" long.

 You will need 4 strips of each of the three colors.

Now we start sewing.  Always sew everything with wrong sides together and with 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Grab two of your first fabric with wrong sides together, then place two pieces of your second fabric (wrong sides together) on top.

Sew them together, like so.

Then flip over, place two pieces of your third fabric (wrong sides together) on top of your second fabric and sew.

Repeat until you have all six panels sewn together. 

Trim of any uneven ends.

Then stitch around the entire blanket.

Then it's time to start cutting. Cut along all seams vertical to seam, about 1/4 to 1/2 apart. Be careful not to cut through your stitching.

Next, wash and dry. When it comes out of the dryer, you'll have your ragtop blanket.  Finished blanket is approx. 36" X 36". 

This project only took me about an hour and ten minutes. (That does include being distracted because of my kids, but not washing and drying time)

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  1. Great tutorial!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. i love these blankets!!! over from 4 princesses link following.

  3. Love this blanket!! I have tons of flannel laying around, I"m very excited to try this. I've never done any ragtop. Thanks for linking at Hope to see you next week. I'm a new follower.

  4. hmm.... i'm not much of a seamstress. you make it look so easy. maybe this will be a first approach. it's all straight lines, right? thanks for linking up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party! hope to see you again this week! also, i'm a new follower!