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Thread: Any Idea About Recycling and Quilting with Old Jeans?

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    Any Idea About Recycling and Quilting with Old Jeans?

    Can somebody please suggest an idea to quilt with old jeans? I would like to mix two colors...

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    I love rag quilts with denim, do any of these appeal to you?
    http://www.google.com.au/search?gs_r...F4ariAeLoYCICg
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    I've made a denim quilt and a denim handbag out of old jeans. It's beautiful! There are patterns for these things on the web under: All People Quilt.com.

    A jeans quilt is heavy, and ideal for colder climates. I put batting in mine, plus a flannel backing. Quilting it under my 9" sewing machine harp was a slow, wickedly difficult and tough on my arms and shoulders. I ended up doing it in 4 sections because there was absolutely no way I could get half a quilt under my 9" harp. If I had it to do again, I would definitely send it out to a longarm quilter.

    On the other hand, I made it for my nephew who was going to college in the upper peninsula of Michigan (Michigan Tech), and he was after me to make an extra warm quilt. This fit the bill, and he loved it. He was also quite hard on the quilt, stuffing it into a regular washer (not an oversized one) when it needed cleaning -- typical male college student doing laundry for the first time! LOL! He used it constantly, even back-packed it out to his camping site to sleep under the stars. Contact with dirt made it get dirty fast, so more frequent washings. It made it through 4 years of college in still beautiful shape, with no fraying or seams coming apart, and then he took it to grad school in Wyoming, where he heavily abused it when he needed to spend days camping in the woods, working on collecting data for this thesis. He graduated from Grad school, and he's still using and abusing the quilt. Of course the denim is getting lighter in places, but the seams remain intact. He says he's going to "love it to pieces", and then have me make him a new one, as he can no longer live without his quilt! So I'd say it was more than worth it.

    Make sure you use a heavier needle, meant for denim and/or canvas, got slow with the sewing, and shorten the stitch length a bit to make the seams stronger. I sewed my pieces (the bigger the better) onto a heavy muslin backing, which gave it a bit more stability. That really worked well. I would have liked to do more FMQ on the blocks, but it was so darned difficult to move it under my presser foot. I practically had to compress the quilt sandwich just to get it under the presser foot, which made anything but the most simple quilting all but impossible, but SITD worked well.

    Best of luck to you!
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    Let me give you a better link: https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/...fc75c0aa0d5b76
    I made a mistake. This is called "Piecing it Together" and it's a subdivision under "Fave Quilts". It has free patterns galore, and it's where I found the patterns for both my bag and my quilt. Sorry about that. I belong to both Fave Quilts and All People Quilt, and I mixed them up! !!
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    I used my mom's jeans in a memorial quilt. One tip: The seams will be FAT. Which means they'll be hard to quilt over. After I finished the quilt, I took a scrap piece of wood, put it on the floor, placed a fabric seam on it, put a double-folded piece of scrap muslin over it and pounded the snot out of it with a hammer. Just went down the rows of the quilt and did this. It took about a half-hour, but it really flattened the seams nicely without marring the other fabrics in the quilt, and I was able to quilt over them with no problem.

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    I make rag quilts too and just love them at sports events and parades in the winter! They get dragged every where and hold up awesome!

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    If you put Denim quilt into the search bar of QB you should find several. Someone posted a rag denim quilt done in the faux Cathedral Windows pattern.

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    Thanks a lot! that's a lot of useful advice for someone starting with denim rag quilt.

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    Thank you!

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    Be sure to get a Schmetz Denim needle. It makes sewing on denim much easier. I made rag quilts mixed with flannel
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    Faux cathedral windows looks awesome. I just received a pile of jeans and will make one.

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    Thanks for the link!

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    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra...gallbaros.html not sure if anyone posted this one
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    When my boys were young I decided to make a denim coverlet for the mattress in the back of our van.

    I had the "bright" idea that since jeans are usually made with flat fell seams, that I should put it together that way. Intersections of seams were interesting to say the least. It never got beyond lap quilt size. Wonder why? Lol! Anyway it was great, just as that single layer of denim (plus lots of seams).

    Am collecting denim pieces to make another but I'm going to use regular seams this time! And thinking about making it a rag quilt.

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    Jenny Doan from Missouri Star has a tutorial on a denim quilt. I also saw a vendor table at a craft show that was pocketbooks made from the top of the jeans, and I mean the top of the jeans with everything intact. They were lovely.

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