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How do you make a homespun rag quilt?

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To make a rag quilt, cut the fabric into squares, allowing 1 1/2 extra for each square to form the seam. Cut an equal number of batting squares, with each piece of batting 2 inches smaller than the fabric squares. Sew an X-shaped pattern through a piece of batting sandwiched between two squares of fabric, allowing 1/2 inch to remain unsewn around the edge of the fabric. Sew the sandwiched batting together in rows, then sew the rows together.

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Cut as many fabric squares as needed to make the quilt the desired size, and use homespun fabric to ensure the fray is appealing. When sewing the batting and fabric, place the fabric right-side out on each side of the batting. Pin the fabric and batting together before sewing the X-shape. Then, backstitch over the X-shape to secure stitches.

When sewing the rows together, use a pressure foot to hold the top seam in place, and allow the bottom seam to push outward. After sewing the rows together, clips the raw edges to 1/2 inch, but do not cut through the stitching. Sew a 1/2-inch seam around the outside edge of the quilt. If desired, cut the raw edges every 1 to 2 inches to create a ruffled appearance.

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