Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt



Last week I saw a flag rag quilt floating around on pinterest and was immediately inspired. I have actually never made a blanket or a quilt, so this was my first experience meaning this quilt was easy! I hope the quilters out there don't cringe too badly at how I put it together. I figured out the measurements of a real 3'x5' flag so that I could make a life-size one myself.
  • 50" or 1 1/2 yards red flannel
  • 30"x25" or 2/3 yards blue flannel
  • 90"x50" or 2 yards white flannel
  • 60"36" or 1 2/3 yards flannel center
  • 60"x36" or 1 2/3 yards back fabric
  • white thread
  • sewing supplies*

Here are the measurements that I used.
1. Cut out the pieces and then lay them out in the right shape and order. Start by sewing the short stripes together.
2. Sew wrong sides together so that the seam allowance shows on top. I started sewing each seam on the same side of the flag so that any difference in length would show up on the same side.
2. Sew the short striped piece to the blue union piece. Sew the long stripes together. Then sew the two rectangles together.
 3. Iron all your seams open. 
4. Lay your back piece with right side down. Lay your piece of flannel on top. Then lay your pieced flag right side up. Pin as much as you'd like.
5. Sew down the middle of each open seam allowance.
6. Cut the edges so that all three layers match up.
7. For the stars I traced a circle that had a diameter of 11.5". Then I used a cup with a diameter of 3.25" to fit 13 stars around the large circle.
8. Trace a 2.25" circle and cut a star from it. Use this star as a template and trace it into each 3.25" circle.
9. Pin through all layers onto the nnion. Sew each star outline. (I forgot to take a picture of that.) Cut out the excess fabric leaving a .5" seam allowance around each star.
10. Cut all the seam allowances every .25" to .5". This is the longest part of the whole process.
11. Wash and dry your quilt at least once. You may need to do it again to get the rag look you want.
The stitching you did on the open seam allowances makes a cool flag outline on the back.
It's great to sit on outside to watch fireworks or as a throw on your couch.
I love that it's like an old raggedy flag handed down through the generations.


  1. This is adorable...love the fabrics you chose!

  2. Might I also recommend that because flannel sheds sooo much as it's washed/dried the dryer lint trap needs to be emptied often to make sure there is not a fire hazard! Your flag turned out so cute... I may have to see what I have in my stash to make one up too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Adorable! I have a 4th of July baby, this just might end up being a present this year. So cute!

  4. So so cute! I love it. Your blog is lots of fun. I can't believe I didn't find it until now.

    Holla! We're your newest followers! :)

  5. Oh this is super cute!! Thanks for linking up at our patriotic link-up party! I am going to remember this for next year! I love how rustic it is!

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad I found your patriotic link-up party because it's all the ideas I could ever want in one place! I love July 4th, so I can't wait to use all the decorating ideas and tutorials!

  6. Thanks again for linking up to my Red, White, Blue & You Link Party! I'm featuring your quilt tomorrow on my blog. www.michellepaige.blogspot.com

  7. Thanks for linking up. I love the quilt. Your instructions are great too. It might even be something I could sew!

  8. I love this quilt but have a question. Is the backing flannel also or cotton? I didn't see it specified.

    1. You can do whatever you'd like. I did a printed cotton woven.

  9. Can I do like with other rag quilts and sew the back with the front?

    1. Yes you can just cut the back pieces like the front. I was going to do this, but didn't know exactly what I was doing and realized it too late to change it. You will need more back fabric if you do it this way.

  10. I just made this with her measurments off the flag...it is incorrect. Need to add for your fringe. Dissapointed...just gotta make a boarder all the way around....so i don't waste 3 blankets

  11. I had the same issue Danette had. Also, make sure the flannel you buy will give you the "lengths" you want.


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