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Thread: Quilt of old jeans

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    harleyquinn2323's Avatar
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    Has anyone ever made a quilt top of jeans? Have any suggestions....

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    No, I haven't, but my aunt just called me and wanted me to make one using her daughter's jeans(she passed away last year) and she just can't part with her clothes. I suggested making a rag quilt with them. She doesn't have to get rid of her clothes and always has her daughter near her.

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    Our church has an outreach group "New to You" ... where they take in clothes that are in good shape and sell on consignment.

    They only sell garments that are in perfect condition - any rips, buttons off, etc they divert to other charities, and some go into quilts (donors know how this works before they donate).

    They have been making tons of quilts from the clothes that aren't resold - and lots are jean quilts. Usuallly they cut the garments into 9" squares. When they're cutting up the jeans, they often end up including the pockets - these make the most awesome quilts! Many of these end up being given to Mission services, go to homeless folk.

    Have done up quite a few of these quilts, they use every kind of fabric - even crimpolene!!

    The ones from jeans are a favorite - they will mix various colours of denim, from skirts, shirts, pants. They're wonderful! They can be very heavy - and are good candidates for 'rag quilts' - the frayed edge - layered with flannel. And they will mix other fabrics in with the denim - similar weights - also work out very well.

    I haven't actually cut up any of the jeans, only sewn the squares together. They have a specialist who can whip through the jeans to get the most fabric out of them. Seams are left as they are (placed about 1/3 or 1/2 of the square).

    I've been collecting my kids' jeans as they discard, but these are still on my 'to-do' list!

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    I've made several. Love 'em for camp outs. Each of our seven children have made me promise to get them one made, and they all donate jeans. I'll have to get some photos on here. They are HEAVY. I like to put flannel witn them. I try to choose a pattern that doesn't have a lot of intersecting seams in the center.

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    I have made 4 jean quilts. I love to make those. When we first moved to Ky. our home didn't have good heating and those jean quilts came in real handy. My 14 yr old son sleeps with his everynight. The top is his old jeans and the back is his old t-shirts. When I wash it he gets real impatient waiting for it to dry.

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    Cut them into squares back them with flannel and make awesome rag quilts :D:D:D If you google rag quilts, there are many different patterns available and many are free :D:D:D

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    Oh man, I hate to snip rag quilts! Although the finished ones are sure pretty! I even have the fiskar snips, but it's a job I avoid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harleyquinn2323
    Has anyone ever made a quilt top of jeans? Have any suggestions....
    here are a couple I've made...the ragged edge is accented with pockets, etc. from jeans my kids wore...I included stains...
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    I have made one that is circles with squares of cotton fabric inside the circle. Sort of a cathedral window style maybe?? I cut 6 inch circles and 4 inch squares...and used 400 circles. My son absolutely loves it...says he doesn't really need anything else on the bed. :D

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    It's on my to do list.

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