Cabin Rag Lap Quilt

By  Shaylenne Twele 

Do you love quilts, but don't think you have quite the expertise to create one? Never fear - we've found the perfect quilt for you! Not only does the ragged-edge technique hide imperfections in your cutting and sewing, but it also makes this quilt extra soft and fluffy.

  • Full View
  • Cabin Rag Lap Quilt
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  • Cotton fabric in 12 different patterns: 4”x10" rectangles, 160
  • Batting, 3”x9” rectangles, 80


  • Sewing machine and matching thread

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins
  • Size
  • 1. Size is 42"x48".
  • Notes
  • 1. Use a walking foot on sewing machine throughout. All stitching and seams are on outside front of quilt. When sewing quiltlets together, place them back to back with wrong sides together so fringed seams appear on front of quilt. Use 1/2" seam allowance throughout.
  • Lap Quilt
  • 1. To create quiltlet, make sure pattern you want showing is on outside. Use pencil or marking tool to mark each fabric rectangle down long center. Center piece of batting on fabric rectangle. Top with another rectangle of fabric. Use same fabric for top and bottom of each quiltlet piece. Use matching or contrasting thread to sew line down center of each quiltlet. Repeat with all remaining rectangles of fabric and batting for a total of 80 quiltlets.
  • 2. Pin and sew four quiltlets together to make a patch. Repeat, sewing four more quiltlets together for a total of 15 patches. Use Fig. 1 to arrange patches. Sew into rows of three patches then sew five rows together. All seam allowances should be on front side.

    Fig. 1
  • 3. Sew remaining quiltlets together as shown (Fig. 2), sewing one quiltlet to next, top to bottom, for one long patch to sew onto each outside edge of quilt.

    Fig. 2
  • 4. Sew quiltlets together. For four outer corners, cut two quiltlets" in half and sew in place (Fig. 3). Sew remaining quiltlets to create remaining two sides (Fig. 4). Sew finished pieces from Figs. 3 and 4 with seam allowances on front.

    Fig. 3

    Fig. 4
  • 5. Topstitch 1/2" from outside edge of quilt, all the way around to seal edges, secure batting inside outer pieces, and control fringing when washing.
  • 6. To fringe quilt, be sure to stop short of seam allowance when clipping. Do not clip through seams. Clip towards the 1/2" seam allowance, approximately 1/2" apart. Wash and dry quilt. Repeat until desired results are achieved.