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(Acknowledment: Helen Burnett)

Rag quiltraggity bag







Fabric Requirements for bag:

18 x 6” squares of fabric
18 x 5½” batting
18 x 6″ squares of backing fabric
scrappy bits of fabric, buttons etc.
2 x (36″ x 2½”) strips of fabric for handles
2 x (35″x 2″) strips of batting

Fabric Requirements for quilt:

6” squares of fabric
5½” batting
6″ squares of backing fabric

The number of blocks depend on the size of your quilt. Hereby a table to help you.

raggity table

The bag is 3 x 3 squares of 6″ for the front and another 3 x 3 squares of 6″ for the back

1.    Choose your 9 squares, batting and your lining/backing and pin it onto your design board to see if it is pleasing to the eye. (You will also do this for the back of the bag)

**** For a quilt you will just use more blocks.


2.    Take your scrappy bits and cut them into shapes.  You can choose what shapes you want and how big they must be.

3.    Pin these onto your squares on the design board and again check that they are pleasing to the eye.

4.   You can embellish these shapes with buttons and yo-yo’s.  This is the fun part.

5.    Place your backing squares right side down on the table and put your batting squares on top.

6.    Put your embellished squares on top, right side facing.

7.   Sew around the shapes with a ½” seam allowance.  I use my walking foot.  Also stitch on the embellishments to secure them on the squares.  This also secures the batting to the front and back. Or sew a diagonal cross to attach the different layers.


8.   Clip all the way around the shapes about a ¼” apart.  When you wash and tumble dry it, the bag/quilt will look all “raggy”.

9.   Stitch the 6″squares together, by placing WRONG sides together.  Use the walking foot and a stitch a seam allowance of ½”. Finish them in rows of 3.


10.   Join the rows to create the front and the back of the bag.  (Only front for a quilt) There are 9 blocks in front and 9 blocks at the back.

11.   Once the back and front are complete, sew along the top edge of back and front. Snip the edges as before.

12.   You are now ready to stitch the front and the back together.  Place the front and back WRONG sides together and stitch all the way around 3 sides of the bag.  Snip the seams as before.

13.   Cut the two fabric handles to individual taste.

14.   Fold and sew ½” hems on all the bag ends (x4).

15.   Fold the handle in half lengthwise and sew a ½” seam all the way down.

16.   Take a baby safety pin and pin the webbing to one hem of the handle.  Push the safety pin together with the batting and handle through the tube you have just created.  It looks funny but scrunch it all the way through.  Turn right side out and iron.

17.   Attach the handle to the inside of the bag just next to the seam allowance.  Stitch it in place and decorate with a button.

Enjoy your bag!



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Fabric Requirements:

13” x 17” batting
13” x 17” lining
12” (40cm) zip
2 x (4” x 2”) piece selvedge for the tabs
8½” x 2” for the binding
Lots of selvedge strips


1.  Arrange the strips diagonally on the batting overlapping the previous strip. Extend the  strips past the edges of the batting.

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2.  Stitch.
Repeat till you have covered the batting  with selvedge strips.

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3.  Block to 12″ x 16″ keeping the off cuts to make the tabs.  (2″ x 4″)

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4.  Add the zip.
Place the selvedge panel right side up on the table. Put the zip face down on the short side of the selvedge panel. Then put your lining face down on top.
TIP:  I always use a longer zip to prevent any openings and to simplify the process.

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4.  Use a zipper foot and stitch close to the zipper.

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5.  Fold the selvedge panel and lining away from the zip, pin and topstitch.

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6.  Fold the selvedge panel in half, pin the end of the exterior fabric and the lining on the other side of your zip (the short side not sewn yet). Repeat steps 4 -6 .

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7.  Your bag will now look like this.

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8.   Turn inside out.  Pin the open sides together.

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9.  Cut 2 tabs from the off cut fabric.
Fold in half lengthwise and stitch sides together, leaving top side open.
Turn inside out.

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10.  Place tabs as shown in the picture, making sure that it is dead centre.

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11.  Stitch sides together.
VERY IMPORTANT : Open zip before stitching  to be able to turn it inside out again!!!

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            1. Attach binding to the sides as shown. (Pin right sides together, sew, turn over and hand stitch in place) to neaten the edges or overlock the edges.

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14.  For the next step you have an option:

Option A:
Fold the sides flat as shown to create a triangle. Draw a line using a ruler and measuring 1½”.
Stitch on the drawn line.
Cut of the ears leaving a ¼” seam allowance.
Bind the raw edges or overlock the edges.

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Option B:
Cut a 2″square from the corners as shown.
Fold the fabric so that you will have a straight seam.
Bind the edges or overlock the edges to neaten it.

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15.  Turn right side out and viola….your own selvedge box pouch. Well done!

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