How to Make a Whole Cloth Tied Quilt with Ric Rac Trim

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Rather than creating a patchwork top, you can simply make a whole cloth quilt using a single piece of fabric and tying the layers. A fun alternative to a bias binding is the use of ric rac as trim. This is a page about how to make a whole cloth tied quilt with ric rac trim.


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My son asked his nana to make him a quilt for his firetruck "Big Spiffy". He absolutely loves it and so does she!


  • 1 yard 45" fabric
  • 1 yard 45" coordinating fabric
  • 2 packages jumbo ric rac
  • 1 bag polyester batting (45" x 36" or bigger)
  • Perle cotton embroidery floss
  • embroidery needles
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • pins
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • tissue paper, optional for use in sewing seams


  1. Trim off selvage edges of the fabric. Also trim both pieces of fabric to the same size.
  2. Determine what your seam allowance will be. We used a 1/2" seam. When marking the line for the ric rac, your line will be 1/8" closer to the edge than your seam. For instance, with a 1/2" seam, the line will be drawn at 3/8" from he edge of the fabric. Mark and draw your lines on right side of one of the pieces of fabric (see photos below).
  3. We chose to not pin the ric rac, instead aligned it as we sewed. Keep the "valleys" in the ric rac along the line (see example below). Sew along the line, adjusting the ric rac as you go. Trim off excess ric rac and tie off the threads. Optional: Carefully use a lighter to melt the edges to prevent fraying.
  4. Put the fabric pieces, right sides together, on top of the batting. Smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric. Pin in place, then trim off any excess batting around the edges.
  5. Cut strips of tissue paper and lay them under the batting as you sew to prevent the batting from catching on the sewing machine. Sew a 1/2" seam all the way around the quilt, leaving an opening on one side for turning it right side out.
  6. Remove the tissue paper from the back of the quilt, as shown below.
  7. Trim away the batting between the seam and the edge of the quilt, as shown below. This will eliminate excess thickness once you turn the quilt right side out.
  8. Snip off the corners.
  9. Turn the quilt right side out.
  10. Finger press the seams, then pin them in place. Top stitch all the way around the quilt with a 1/4" seam. Note: At the place where you left the opening for turning, be sure to turn the seam edges in so that your opening will be sewn shut when you top stitch.
  11. Quilts with polyester batting should be tied about every 3-4 inches. Use a ruler to mark the quilt every 3-4 inches with a pin. I recommend marking one whole row at a time.
  12. Then using a sewing needle and Perle floss, sew down and back up at each pin, making sure to go through ALL layers of the quilt. Pull the thread enough to move to the next pin, creating a "running stitch". Work your way across the quilt with one continuous stitch.
  13. Now cut the thread in the center, between each marked stitch. Then tie each segment of thread with a square knot. See photos below.
  14. I hope you enjoy your quilt!
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February 27, 20171 found this helpful

Wow! What a beautiful quilt. You did such a great job on that. I don't know where I would begin, but I am printing this all out and going to give this my all out try!


Thank you for giving me the inspiration. You are so very talented! "Super Lucky Little Boy"

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March 1, 20172 found this helpful

I use twins sheets purchased from Walmart. They are usually around $4.00. Great job of explaining the processor!

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