5 Free Rag Quilt Patterns

Learn to Make the Cuddliest Quilts

Rag quilts patterns are among the easiest quilt patterns you'll find, suitable for everyone, from beginning quilters to those with lots of experience. That doesn't mean the projects are boring, though. This type of quilt has a deep texture created by the ragged edges that give the final appearance a wonderful depth not found in the ordinary quilt.

Rag quilts are made by sewing seams so they are visible on the front of the quilt, instead of hidden away underneath the patchwork. The seam allowances are wider than the normal and, when complete, the excess fabric is clipped inward. After a few cycles in the washer and dryer, the clipped fabric frays and creates soft lines between the patchwork.

You'll enjoy making the cuddly quilts and these patterns are great introductory projects.

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    Easy Four-Patch Rag Quilt Pattern

    Four Patch Rag Quilt Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    This rag quilt is made by alternating simple four-patch quilt blocks with plain squares of fabrics. You can create entirely different looks by selecting different fabrics, so it's a pattern that you can turn to for many projects in the future.

    If you're looking to start your first rag quilt, this pattern is an excellent choice. You'll get plenty of practice and the best part about rag quilts is that you don't have to sew perfect seams! 

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    Indian Hatchet Rag Quilt Pattern

    Indian Hatchet Rag Quilt Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    The Indian hatchet rag quilt is made with triangular quilt blocks, so it's a nice break from squares and rectangles. It's based on a traditional design and a natural choice for the ragged look.

    This quilt is very easy to make and doesn't require small, cumbersome blocks. Once you get the hang of the units, it becomes even easier because you can chain piece it as you go. Just be sure to keep your stacks carefully organized.

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    Cathedral Windows Rag Quilt Pattern

    Cathedral Windows Rag Quilt Pattern
    Janet Wickell

    Cathedral windows are another traditional quilt pattern that transforms perfectly into a rag quilt. It has a wonderful circular motion and the circles can be any diameter you like. You can have a lot of fun with the fabric choices, too. Denim versions of this design are gorgeous.

    Like other patterns, this one is simple to construct. While the techniques are a bit different than those you'll encounter when working with straight-sided pieces, it's still beginner-friendly.

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    Floral Rag Quilt Pattern

    Floral Rag Quilt Pattern
    Floral Rag Quilt Pattern

    Floral fabrics are a great option for rag quilts. They have a natural softness that is highlighted by the frayed edging, leaving you with an amazing, multi-dimensional quilt.

    To create this quilt, you'll sew alternate squares of fabric between blocks containing three long strips of other fabric designs. Use your leftover fabric to create a ragged, patchwork border around the quilt that highlights your inner work perfectly. It's easy to alter the character of this quilt by choosing completely different types of fabrics, too.

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    Christmas Tree Rag Quilt Pattern

    Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern
    Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern

    This Christmas tree rag quilt pattern has a fantastic window pane look. It's a great way to use up a variety of green and light brown fabrics of different patterns. Since it isn't too Christmas-y, you can enjoy it all winter if you like.

    The blocks finish at 4-inches square. Some are plain squares and some are half-square triangle units, so it's pretty easy. It has a border cut from 3 1/2-inch wide strips, but you can replace the long borders by cutting a scrappy assortment of green squares.