I really love the 4th of July; it’s one of my very favorite holidays. I love the summer, food, and the inspiration of Independence day. 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, and this was my first experience making. Which means if I can make this quilt, anyone can make this quilt! 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 full-size one myself, and I shared a free quilt pattern of this flag rag quilt. There are affiliate links in this post.


  • 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*

Free Quilt Pattern



  1. The seam allowance is 1/2″ everywhere.
  2. Cut out the pieces and then lay them out in the right shape and order. Start by sewing the short stripes together. Since I’m a beginner quilter, I need to see it all lined up, to be able to get all the pieces in the right place.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  3. Sew wrong sides together of the red and white stripes so that the seam allowance shows on top. *Tip* Start sewing from the same side of the quilt so that anything uneven ends up on the other side. You’ll only have to straighten the edges of one side of the quilt.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  4. Sew the shorter striped piece to the blue union piece. Sew the long stripes together.
  5. Then sew the two large rectangles together.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  6. Press all your seams open. FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  7. Lay your back piece with right side down. Lay your piece of flannel on top. Then lay your pieced flag right side up. Pin throughout the quilt as much as you’d like.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  8.  Sew straight down the middle of each open seam allowance.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  9. Trim all the edges so that all three layers match up and all sides and corners match up.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  10.  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.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  11. 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.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  12. Pin the white star piece through all layers onto the quilt. Sew each star outline. FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  13. Cut out the excess fabric leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance around each star.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  14.  Cut all the seam allowances every 1/4″ to 1/2″ to create the rag effect. This is by far the longest part of the whole process.FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt
  15. Wash and dry your quilt at least once. You may need to do it again to get the rag look you want.
I still enjoy pulling this flag quilt out every single summer. 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 tattered flag handed down through the generations. 

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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17 thoughts on “FREE PATTERN: USA Flag Rag Quilt

  1. I have made a few shaggy projects so I thought I could breeze through this. I just finished the stripes And it’s all wrong. Please add to your instructions that the measurements are for the finished project. I also did not have a long enough piece of the red flannel without piecing. Your instructions say 50” or 1 1/2 yds which is not equal so I went with the longer measurement and it was 6” too short. 7” too short if you add a seam at each end. Thanks for the free pattern Though. Super cute!

    Posted on December 2, 2018 at 5:51 pm
  2. I had the same issue Danette had. Also, make sure the flannel you buy will give you the "lengths" you want.

    Posted on June 5, 2016 at 4:16 am
  3. 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

    Posted on January 3, 2016 at 11:35 pm
  4. Can I do like with other rag quilts and sew the back with the front?

    Posted on March 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm
    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.

      Posted on March 17, 2015 at 2:29 pm
  5. I love this quilt but have a question. Is the backing flannel also or cotton? I didn't see it specified.

    Posted on August 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm
    1. You can do whatever you'd like. I did a printed cotton woven.

      Posted on August 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm
  6. Thanks for linking up. I love the quilt. Your instructions are great too. It might even be something I could sew!

    Posted on July 3, 2012 at 12:44 am
  7. Thanks again for linking up to my Red, White, Blue & You Link Party! I'm featuring your quilt tomorrow on my blog. http://www.michellepaige.blogspot.com

    Posted on July 3, 2012 at 12:30 am
  8. 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!

    Posted on July 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm
    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!

      Posted on July 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm
  9. Really cool! Love it! 🙂

    Posted on June 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm
  10. 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! 🙂

    Posted on June 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm
  11. This is adorable…love the fabrics you chose!

    Posted on June 26, 2012 at 11:28 am
  12. Adorable! I have a 4th of July baby, this just might end up being a present this year. So cute!

    Posted on June 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm
  13. 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.

    Posted on June 26, 2012 at 11:57 am
  14. Very cute Heather!

    Posted on June 26, 2012 at 12:09 am