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Thread: Recycled Denim Fabrics for Quilts?

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    Junior Member kingspb's Avatar
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    Does anyone here use recycled denim for making quilts? I love to pick up lightweight denim at my resale shop to use in quilts. I stick with the lightweight things like jumpers, skirts, shirts. I've made 5.5 inch blocks to alternate with another fabric. Will have to post some pictures of those projects soon!

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    I haven't made any yet. . . . . :roll:
    But, I am saving them!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    I haven't made any yet. . . . . :roll:
    But, I am saving them!!!
    I have a small stash of denim. I too haven't actually made a denim quilt yet.

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    I made one with alternating blocks from men's flannel shirts. Turned out great and is a very warm and sturdy quilt.

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    I have used denim for a large quilt it is very warm, I made a rag quilt for one of my sons and he loves it. I was easier to make than a normal quilt. the denim from the pants I used was thick so the quilt will last a life time!

    Chris

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    I've saved a BUNCH of old denim... but I've got legs and legs and legs cut for use in a heavy denim project (someday). Would LOVE to see what you're doing. I saw one made recently with embroidery on the denim pieces... It was an OSU (Oklahoma State) quilt with black and orange. VERY cute!!

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    tons of them! i use jeans---everyone i know sends their worn out jeans to me to use in quilts- my youngest brother is a welder- and the denim aprons they wear have pockets on them that he always rips off- and brings me bags of denim pockets too...
    denim is wonderful to use in quilts---especially mixed with flannels for wonderful/heavy/warm/snuggly raggy quilts

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    I've made tons of stuff using recycleed jeans.... They are very heavy.

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    would love to see your pics

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    I recycle old jeans into a circle quilt.

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    I made a demin quilt for my grandson for Christmas. I backed it with fannel but didn't put any batting in it. It was quite heavy but he loves it and I put pockets on it where he puts his small cars. Demin quilts are fun.

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    I am getting ready to make one for my 23 year old grandson, he is 6'5" so it will have to be big. Will back with flannel squares, and make it a rag quilt. Have been saving denim for a while and think I have enough now. Can't wait to get started

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    I just got really lucky a few days ago.. Bought a huge bag of already cut into 6" blocks both denim and plaid flannel for only $5.50... Plan on using it for a quilt for son.

    Think I'd like the patches set "on point"... Have any of you tried that yet?

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    Here are some of the thing that I have made from old denim jeans. I still have a pile of jeans to make more items.

    6" squares for DGS
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    6" squares for Tony
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    3" denim strips - raggey jacket for me
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    Love that jacket, Grammy!

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    mostly recycled jeans-with a bit of camo and corduroy
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    I made a denim & corduroy & twill 9 patch (some were even the print denim!!!) back about 1990 with batting & a print quilting cotton back, then tied. My 14 year old son loves it on his bed ( & has used it since he was about 3) & when some of the seams start to come apart (from LOTS of washing) I just zig-zag it back together & he's happy again! If I think of it when I get home I'll post a picture of it!

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    When my Dad died I made rag quilts out of his jeans for my sisters, brother & myself. I used flannel & homespun too. This is mine

    That is another one in my avatar that my cat is testing out!
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    i've started to cut out circles in denim for one of those cathedral windows, but i'm not sure when i will have time to work on it further. i used shirts purchased at a bag sale at a local church & clothes from local thrifts as well...

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    Thanks for sharing pictures. Love what you ladies have done with jeans. I'm saving them, but don't have enough yet for quilts.

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    What a coinci-dinky. The mail-person just delivered a large sized flat rate box filled with 14 denim legs from the pants of my daughters family. The family gets shorts for the summer, and I got the legs. Thank you Mia! Momma lwuvs you!

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    Heck yes, I have a couple of throws, they have been used for everything! they are bout 15 years old now and better than ever.

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    Saving denim for a future quilt - on my ever-expanding to-do list.
    I like the pics rest of you have posted here of denim quilts & jacket - nice!

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    I recently lost tons of weight and I loved wearing denim jumpers and skirts. Most of them were sets and had lots of embroidery on them. I had spent so much money on them, I hated to see them go SO, I cut them up...now I have enough material to make a quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baysidegal
    I recently lost tons of weight and I loved wearing denim jumpers and skirts. Most of them were sets and had lots of embroidery on them. I had spent so much money on them, I hated to see them go SO, I cut them up...now I have enough material to make a quilt.
    Now THAT is the perfect use for your now-too-big clothes!

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