Here’s a textile project for those who would rather not sew! This rag quilt is fastened together with knots instead of stitching. Give it a go! This tutorial is for a quilt that measures 60 by 70 inches.


Two feet each of six different fabric designs
Two yards of plain fabric for the back of the blanket
Washable marking pen or a chalk


Step 1: Choose your fabric. There are different kinds of fabric that you can choose for your project. There is no right or wrong choice – You can combine different colours or patterns or pick a colour scheme.

Step 2: Cut the fabric into squares measuring 12 by 12 inches. You should have at least eight squares per fabric design. After cutting all the fabric, you can now sort them either by design or by how you will be combining them according to your planned design.

Step 3: Once you have individual squares, the next step is to cut strips on the edges. Start by cutting out the corners of each square first by measuring a 1 x 1 inch tiny square on each of the four corners. When you finish cutting all the corners of each square, you can now start on the strips. Mark each side of your fabric with ½ inch wide vertical lines. Cut along the marked lines to make strips that measure one inch tall and ½ inch wide. Do this for all the squared fabric.

You should have 20 sections on each side of the square. The uncut part of your material should measure 10 x 10 inches. If you think that a one-inch strip is too small for tying, then you can add another ½ inch to the measurement. If you do that, each section will now measure 1 ½ x 1 ½ inches. You will only have 18 strips on each side, and the uncut part will be at nine by nine inches.

Step 4: Once you have completed cutting strips into each square, you can now start assembling your rag quilt. Layout the fabrics according to the design you have in mind. Once you have decided on how you want your quilt to look, then you can start tying double knots on each strip until you have connected each square to the next one.

Step 5: After tying all the squares together, you can now add the back part of your rag quilt. Lay the top side of the knotted squares on the two yards of fabric you intend to use as the back part. Cut the excess fabric so that it measures the same as the rag quilt. Then, cut strips along the edges of the fabric underneath your quilt. When you have cut the strips on the backing fabric, you can start doing the same tying procedure as with the quilt. Do the double knot on each section until you have entirely tied the two parts together.

You now have a “new” rag quilt without sewing anything! Your rag quilt should have seven rows of six squares.


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