4 FREE Flannel Quilt DIY Ideas!


It’s fall! And that means two things: pumpkin spice lattes and flannel.

Presenting: 4 FREE fun flannel quilt ideas! Flannel quilts are the perfect fall quilting project. These fuzzy patchwork blankets make great gifts, family photo props, and let’s face it, can you think of anything cozier than a flannel quilt draped over every chair?

In this post, I’ve compiled all of my favorite flannel quilt ideas, plus some less-quilty ones. Need a break from raking and sewing? I’ve got you covered (that’s right, literally) with the no-sew flannel quilt. Hanging onto some sentimental scraps? Check out the square flannel quilt pattern.

Some of these DIYs you may have seen made in other fabrics, but I might argue that the addition of flannel makes them even better. 100% of lumberjacks would agree.

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1. The No-Sew Reversible Flannel Quilt

Some people call it a throw blanket. I call it quick-n-easy coziness. You may have seen this pattern done with fleece, but I think flannel gives it a chic, lighter aesthetic. This flannel quilt is super straight-forward: line up your two flannel fabric prints, pin, cut on the edges, and tie together. You’ll have a perfect, comfy flannel quilt before you can say “leather boots over skinny jeans.” (There are just so many things to love about this season, aren’t there?)

Does this sound like a lot of precise cutting? Yeah, it is. But you can handle it. Especially if you’re using the best sewing scissors. Check out - World's Best Scissors for Sewing!


2. The Whole-Cloth Flannel Quilt

Not a fan of the whole tied-edges look? I get it. The whole-cloth flannel quilt might be what you’re looking for. It’s still a simple and easy flannel quilt (okay, you can call it a throw if you want), but with your choice of trim, you can achieve any look.

In fact, if you want to go trimless, you can straight-up serge this baby and call it a day (and a soft, warm night, too!) Since flannel is soft on both sides and reversible, it’s a low-maintenance quilting fabric. It also pairs well with pumpkin donuts.

Wanna get fancy with these simple flannel quilts? Try adding some rockin’ embroidery by hand or by machine. Most sewing machines have at least a few specialty stitches – here's your excuse to try them out!


3. The Simple Square Flannel Quilt​

Okay, now we’re going to get a little bit quiltier. If you’re stuck inside in front of a fireplace with a delicious hot drink and mellow music (so in other words, in paradise), the simple square flannel quilt will complete a perfect cozy date night with you and your sewing machine.

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to plaid flannel fabric, I can’t pick just one… or two… or four. Go crazy and stock up on all the flannel things, and get to work on a simple square flannel quilt. This is also a great first project for kids. Be sure to check out The Ultimate Guide to Buying the Best Sewing Machine for Kids!


4. The 60-Degree Triangle Quilt

  1. Cut a strip of fabric as wide as your triangle ruler.
  2. Place your ruler on the strip of fabric and cut your triangle, rotating your ruler 180-degrees each time so you use the max amount of fabric.
  3. Once all of your triangles are cut, place 2 triangles, right sides together, and sew a 1/4" seam along the edge.
  4. Place the next triangle, right sides together, with the last triangle, letting the point extend past the edge of the triangle below as much as the previous triangle point's seam allowance. Sew together.
  5. Once you have all of the triangles​ in that row sewn together, press the seams to the side.
  6. Sew one half triangle (plus a 1/4" seam allowance) to each end.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 until all of your rows are completed.
  8. Sew your rows together and viola! Complete 🙂

Are you more of a video tutorial person? I have a handful of videos on YouTube covering most the Perennial quilt pattern and the Mod Mountains quilt pattern (both great flannel options). This one specifically shows you how to sew triangles together.


There’s just something about the 60-degree triangle pattern that warms my soul. Add flannel, and we’re in full-comfy mode over here. The 60-degree triangle flannel quilt is truly the comfort-meets-style quilt for fall. Not excited about cutting precise, 60-degree triangles? Well, this triangle ruler will Pump. You. Up. Am I the only one who gets giddy over quilting tools?


If this doesn’t inspire you to hang a flannel quilt in every corner of your house, I don’t know what will. What’s your favorite flannel quilt pattern? (And while we’re at it, let’s talk fall latte flavors, too!)

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26 thoughts on “4 FREE Flannel Quilt DIY Ideas!

  1. Shayna says:

    My favorite way to use flannel is to back a quilt with it. My toddler tries to obscond with every flannel backed quilt I make so I’ve decided to just make it my default. I should probably make her a winter weight flannel quilt to cosy up under. It’s especially perfect for baby quilts.

  2. Laura says:

    I have made a double-sided flannel throw for an adult but am stymied about how to quilt it, so that it won’t wad up in the wash. Tying would be quick and easy but takes away from the elegance and I don’t have fancy stitching on my machine. Do you have any ideas? Would it work, do you think, to embroider random flowers on the center? Would I still need to stitch around the outside to hold it flat?

    • Janine Nankervis says:

      Just do a big open stipple (squiggly lines or “meander”). It’s easy and goes quickly and you can even avoid running over those thicker intersections (seams) which are a bit lumpy.

  3. ninjadesigns says:

    How hard is it really to piece flannel? I’ve only ever seen squares – in this case I see some triangles. Is anything more complicated than that going to get wonky?

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      I don’t think it will get wonky, but the seams could get thick and bulky if your piecing gets really small. Also the fray factor is something to always keep in mind.

  4. Niles says:

    Just watched your video on flannel quilting.It was so helpful. Its Feb 19, 2019 and I’m new to the quilting world, about 5 years and learn something new to help me every day to improve. I’ve just turned 80 and hope for more years to enjoy this hobby!!!!!.

  5. Susan Cadice says:

    20 years ago when my son was off to college, I made a plaid quilt for him made of flannel…..now 20 years later, it’s his children’s favorite quilt to cuddle up with!

  6. Penny says:

    I love to make rag quilts using flannel! I don’t…but could…put batting between the square layers, and they go together so quickly! One of my granddaughters says it is her ‘favorite-est’ quilt ever!

  7. Teri says:

    I watched a Fat Quarter Shop video on YouTube about piecing with flannel. They recommend to heavily starch your fabrics before cutting and piecing. I’m going to give it a try soon!

  8. Lorraine says:

    I cut first ever flannel squares with old timers paper cutter as I did not have proper tools yet and it is very pretty 13 years later I have too many tools will never use them all

  9. Beverley says:

    Hi! Suzy. I want to say how much I enjoy getting your emails. My question is__ do you prewash your flannel before cutting then starch & iron it.

  10. Lori Woynarski says:

    I am looking for a pattern to make a 6 inch square flannel quilt that is the same on both side and the seams get frayed when washed I think.

  11. Jennie says:

    Someone gave me a flannel quilt 20 years ago and it is the most used blanket in the house. I would like to make some for my kids. The problem is that I can’t find flannel that is wide enough and I don’t want to piece it. It is difficult to find flannel that is wider than 45 inches. I found a few plaids but not many solids for the backs. Any suggestions?

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