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Thread: Using Blue Jeans for quilts

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    I've made many jean quilts. No pictures to share unfortunately. The quilts I sent my boys to college with were jean quilts. And there are at least 3 quilts at our camp that have jean quilts on them. They wear like iron and are so warm and heavy they don't always need batting. I didn't machine quilt any of them but just tied them off comforter style.

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    For quilts I use mostly the legs,but have used the pockets too. I also use old jeans to make raggy tote bags, On those I always incorporate a pockeet or two.

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    I must have hit the jean quilt jackpot a year ago. I answered an ad on our local Craigslist for a girl giving away favric that belonged to her deceased grandmother. For $15 I got a huge huge huge bin of pre washed, precut 4 1/2 inch squares of jean material. This girl told me that her grandmom would shot their local goodwill, Salvation Army, scavage from relatives when their kids got a whole in the knee of a pair of jeans, and any place else she could get old jeans from...she was going to make a rag quilt "one day". Unfortunately, for her, that one day never came. I'm so sorry for her loss in losing her grandmom but I'll tell you, her grandma must have been a busy lady....I have a rag quilt in my future plans...

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    Use tops and legs, just don't use the knee portion as they are worn and stretchy. Mix up the colors and size of blocks. I bound mine with hot pink and stitched across it with different colored yarns of pink.

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    I made my sister a rag quilt from jeans that were her twins and her husbands with one pair that was hers. Even used a back pocket of each pair as blocks. When I presented it to her I told her that when she was sad and down in the dumps she had this quilt to wrap up in with the many fond memories of those that wore the jeans and she'd begin to feel more like her old self. She loves it and from the looks of it the last time I visited her it has been well used and not by just herself but by all in the family.

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    I cut the leg pieces in unform widths and as long as knee wear etc will allow. I sort them in to 6,9,10 inch widths and make a length strip by just overlapping them and zigzag or other decorative stitch. Add strips to each side as you do out. This method reduces the heaviness of joining the strips. Then put on batting if desired and backing, woven or flannel, and sew vertically down the strips and across if you wish. Our grand kids love them and constantly call dibs on the first one which is backed with red and white checked polyester-cotton fabric.

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    I cut the leg pieces in unform widths and as long as knee wear etc will allow. I sort them in to 6,9,10 inch widths and make a length strip by just overlapping them and zigzag or other decorative stitch. Add strips to each side as you do out. This method reduces the heaviness of joining the strips. Then put on batting if desired and backing, woven or flannel, and sew vertically down the strips and across if you wish. Our grand kids love them and constantly call dibs on the first one which is backed with red and white checked polyester-cotton fabric.

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    So very cute!

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    I make denium quilts for clients and for gifts. Itry to get important dates or things like do they play football or golf etc. I either embroider these or use bright colored markers and really personalize the qulits for them. I use denim for th back too. It can shed sand, stickers or whatever it is laid on, and washes well. Aneokle

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    I use mostly the legs, but if the pocket area is in good shape, I will include it in a quilt too. And to add something new and different, I will also cut a good section of the seam area for some texture.

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    I also made a rag quilt with blue jeans and included pockets in some of the squares. It is made with homespun on the front and denim on the back

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    sept97 : that is a lovely quilt. Is it all jeans? did you use batting ? what backing material did you use?

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    Yes, I always use the legs and sometimes pockets which I put a matchbox car in (not sewn in). I pair with flannel or red bandana fabrics, My grandkids love them and being made from their Daddy's jeans makes them even more special, they seem to be the ones used the most.

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    I have a whole tub to cut up for rag quilts. I'm excited . jUst haven't had the time to get to it yet.

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    thank you cmilton it's all old jeans just cut into squares, no batting needed as it's heavy enough without it and I used fleece for the backing.

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    Any and all parts! I've used them all. Just watch the zippers, they are hard on needles! :lol:

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    I made all four of my children jean quilts from their jeans and used flannel on the back, I cut the squares at 6 " or whatever size fit on the legs and good parts of the jeans.

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    I don't anymore as these quilts are too heavy for me to manipulate.

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    I make lots of jean quilts. Have sold several of them in fact. I even get orders for them that want photos from the rodeos put on them. I make some of them with the pockets also. I most always put fleece for the backing. That way you don't need batting. Flannel is also nice for backing. I do several patterns & they make nice heavy quilts & last for a very long time. I get most of my jeans from friends.

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    I found a Q'size bedskirt made out of heavier denim at a thrift store. I used to as a wrap around backing/binding on a throw. It's very warm, soft and everyone's favorite.

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    We had a neighborhood "quilt for charity" group for about 8 years, and we used jeans for quite a few quilts, and also made quite a few "funky" bags also. We used flannel to accent some, and I did a big one using long strips instead of squares, with pockets sewn on the 4 corners. I still have one in mind that I want to do using some eyelet curtain trim (also recycled, of course, like the jeans), but it's still on the "do later" list.

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    I use the legs and any other good part. I cut them into 6" wide strip and sew them togather end to end. Then roll up. I then cut 3" strips and do the same. When I wan to make a quilt I measure off the length I want for the quilt and embroider wildlife designs in the large pieces. I alternate sewing the strips togather. When you do it this way you don't have to match any seams. It is like you are laying bricks. I try to use flannel for the backing. I tie some of them and have some machine quilted. These are really a hit with the hunters in the family. I have also made other themes. Golf , flowers, gambling, kids designs etc.

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    I use any part of it I can use. I've showed some blue jean quilts I made they are posted here on the board. I also use one pocket per row. I do not like using a pocket if it has bare threads, could be a waste of a good quilt. I use fleecing on the back and bind with WASHED cotton. Another board member showed me how to make really cute swing purses using cotton and material. SOOOOO cute. I've heard about the denim rugs, so far never seen one. have fun and for sure it will turn out for you. I use 7 inch blocks in my quilts and 7 blocks across by 11 down, OH the reason i like fleece is because it is 60 inches wide. cheap when on sale at JoAnna's.... I also cut blocks 6 inch, 5 inch 4 inch and 3 inch. Small is great in a baby quilt or toss pillows. I hand tie ALL of my denim quilts because I like hand tied look. :)

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    While at the good will store or garage sales, check out the denium jumpers or denium skirts,which yield a lot of fabric, and much lighter in weight, especailly when snipping front seams on a "rag quilt".

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    I use the legs to cut up for quilts and the top part of the jeans for purses.

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