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Thread: Quilt of old jeans

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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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    http://www.straw.com/equilters/libra...leryindex.html

    Here's a few including the directions for the one Tigger mentioned.

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    I have made quite a few either rag quilts or combined with flannel. They do get really heavy. But you cant beat them for warmth....wonderful for camping. I have one going now for friends of DH ....been working on it for 2 years now....just because it's heavy and boring to work on. I cant wait to get it done and then I think it will be a while before I agree to work in denim again.

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    Oh nice quilts ladies! I have been pigeon holing a stash of jeans for years in preparation for a couple denium quilts.

    I made each of my boys one for thier twin beds when they were young. They valued them and had those quilts until very recently. The denium fabric makes very good quilts for camping, picnics and cars and are very durable.

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    I've made several jeans quilts. Sometimes I machine embrodiery on the blocks. I usually use 6 /12" blocks, which I keep a large supply of. I'm planning on make two in the very near future. I'll alternate the jeans blocks with a cotton block. I'm not going to use batting bc I've found with the jeans the quilts is heavy enough. I think I'll do raggy bc they are pretty quick.

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    Amazing work! I'm shocked at how wonderful they look - I'm inspired and am looking forward to making this quilt! Thank you for all the suggestions, images, and links...

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    Here's a quilt I made for my dad out of old jeans. I even included the blown out knees from my sons jeans. It was definitely heavy and a beast to quilt. Not sure I will ever make another one like that....I had a mini melt down when quilting it. Maybe if I get a long arm I'll tackle another denim quilt.

    My dad was a pilot in the USAF and I pulled the plane design off a quilt my grandmother (his mother) made for me when I was 3. He loved it!

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    My Dad always wears denim bib overalls and I've got a bunch of his old ones that I intend to make into quilts. If I can collect enough I'd like to make one for each of us four kids. He's 92 and it will be a nice keepsake after he's gone. I'm thinking of including the worn pockets as well. He always has a red handkerchief in his pocket and I'd like to have one sticking out of the pocket. I'd also like to include the bibs but still haven't figured that out. Maybe a center medallion type square.

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    yes amazing quilts..on my to do list!

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    Vicki75, I love your quilt. It's so bright and cheery. The airplanes are a nice touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olivia's Gramy
    Vicki75, I love your quilt. It's so bright and cheery. The airplanes are a nice touch.
    Thanks a million! I have to tell you by the time I finished it...I hated it! Too many fights with my sewing machine when I quilted it. I just love batiks....and the finished quilt is growing on me. LOL

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    Here is one I made for my son, he loved it so much it brought tears to his eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraSewing
    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!
    I work at a fabric store and we have a machine called AccuCut, which is similar to the Accuquilt machines you see in fabric stores now, only a little bigger. We have dies (like square or heart shapes) that not only cut out that pattern, but also makes little 1/2" cuts along the edges. It elimates the snipping you do to make a rag quilt.

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    I've also down a jean quilt for my newphew. He was really into Nascar, so I alternated 5" squares of jean fabric and a cotton fabric with a race car fabric. I also used seams and pockets on my jean squares - and even used a leather tag with the words "Lee" on it - because his name is Lee. He still has it on his bed 8 years later.

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    I made a denim and lace quilt out of old jeans and it is very heavy. It was fun to make, because I did it like a crazy quilt and put a lace ruffle around the edges.

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    Heritage Cultery Inc sells a great pair of ragging scissors. I have both the Fiskars and the Heritage and I hardly ever use the Fiskars since I bought the Heritage, they are better quality & easier to use and much easier on the hands.

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