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Ragged T-Shirt Quilt Instructions

By: Carolyn Wainscott for FaveQuilts.com
Ragged T-Shirt Quilt Instructions

Combine two of your favorite types of quilts, rag quilts and t-shirt quilt patterns, into one awesome quilt project. These Ragged T-shirt Quilt Directions will show you how to make a rag quilt with your old t-shirts that are too sentimental to get rid of. This t-shirt quilt pattern method is great because it makes it easier to sew with knit fabrics and eliminates the need for interfacing. Just pick a favorite polar fleece pattern for the back of your quilt, and get quilting! Learning how to make a t-shirt quilt has never been easier.

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniquePieced



  • 2-3 yards-t-shirts or t-shirt knit, cut into desired size blocks (12”, 14”, 16”, etc.)
  • 2-3 yards polar fleece for backing


  1. Match knit blocks with polar fleece blocks, wrong sides together.
  2. Pin block units together, polar fleece sides together (back sides together).
  3. Sew block units together with 1” seam allowance (this 1” will be cut into fringe or “ragged” edges)  to create length desired.

Ragged T-shirt Quilt Instructions 

  1. Match seams of sewn block strips; sew together with back sides facing using a 1” seam allowance to create width desired.
  2. Trim corners at seam corners.
  3. “Rag” quilt by clipping into seam allowance every 1/2”.


   Ragged T-shirt Quilt Instructions

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

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I've never made a rag quilt before but this one intrigues me because of the comment below about making it with two layers of flannel. I can just imagine how snuggly that must feel. I think I'm going to try this out over the summer. I do think it would make a cute baby blanket or even a wallhanging. I like the idea of baby clothes being used in it as well.

I had saved all of our daughter's onsies and newborns with cute sayings on them to make a quilt. My favorite quilts are rag quilts and I made this using the top layer of t-shirts and then two layers of flannel for added warmth and the all important.. snuggle factor. It was absolutely beautiful and took only a day to make it. I think it would also make a cute wall hanging. Has anyone tried that?

I made this quilt from my husband's old shirt for his grandson. I call it a "cuddle quilt" or "Grandpa's Hugs".


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