Lap Quilt

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If you’ve never quilted before, here’s the perfect way to start. Using the frayed edge method, imperfections in your cutting and sewing magically disappear! Give it a whirl! It’s as easy as 1-2-3!


  • Flannel: 6 coordinating colors/prints, 1 yd. each; cream, 3 yds.


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Washing machine and dryer

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins





(Note: Do not prewash fabric.)

1. Cut 60 coordinating 10″ squares and 30 cream 10″ squares. Sandwich cream squares between pairs of colored squares (right sides of fabric facing out).

2. Arrange sandwiched squares into six rows of five. Pin pieces together with back layers facing so seams show on quilt front. Use 1″ seam allowance to sew squares together, forming rows. Sew rows together, forming quilt. Sew around quilt 1″ from raw edge.

3. Clip raw edges perpendicular to seam, spacing 1⁄2″-3⁄4″ apart. Wash and dry quilt; repeat until desired fray is achieved.

by Rebekah Meier

10 thoughts on “Lap Quilt

  1. This is a project I can try the instructions are simple to follow. The material I think would be too light if I use flannel so I may try it with fleece instead for the warm comfortable feeling I am looking for.

  2. If you want batting on the inside layer, cut the batting 2″ smaller than the block. Before sewing the squares together in step 2: layer the middle with a square of batting, leaving 1″ on all sides, sew an “X” corner to corner to prevent the batting from moving. The batting will not show on the outside. Then continue with step 2 and on. Hope this makes sense.

  3. If you feel this quilt is too light ,you could either line it with flannelette,line it with light weight fleece,or you could make two quilts and join them. In any of these cases you would have a totally reversible quilt !

  4. I have made a few of these with cotton cloth and also with flannel cloth.. To make them a little warmer, I have put a square of thin batting in the middle of the squares before sewing them.. But I sew an X on all of the squares to keep them together before I make the rows.. They come out with a nice pattern.. Fun to do…

  5. I have made many quilts before. I believe I will make this one, it looks like a good way to use the many pieces of fabric I have left from doing other jobs/projects. Thanks for the ideal, it looks fun and very easy.

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