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Thread: Using Blue Jeans for quilts

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    I've made purses, larger bags, throws, and lots of cushion covers. Best things in the world for rec rooms.

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    ladies how do you quilt it?longarm or domestic machine?

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    I buy a lot of jean dresses and skirts at goodwill the cashier thought I did pretty good getting six dresses all in my size half price then laughed when I told her it was the backing for my quilts. Also bought a lot of homespun material to use with the jeans I have a lg container with all children jeans bought at yard sales for 25cent to make a couple of children ones with all the designs on the jeans

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    Yes, I have made 5 so far and I have 4 more to go. I am making them for my other grandchildren. I have used all parts of the blue jeans, pockets, front and back and one large block I put muslin on the front of a jean with the zipper so they can use it as a pocket for their p j's. I have used heavy batting and flannel backing. I have tied them with embrodary floss, 6 strands. They are very heavy but they have been washed in the home washer. There is no pattern to the blocks. Almost like maybe a crazy quilt. The DG all love them. They younger ones are waiting patiently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jean1941
    Yes mostly just the legs but I seen a cute wall hanging on here with the pocket on for storing thinks. I cut up a lot jeans a few years and just throw the pockets away and my sister people sell them on ebay. LOL
    hey that's me! i think. but I use just about everything. the wall hanging I made used everything but the zipper. But I'm working on the cathedral window one and for my patch on the back I'm going to use a pocket. the rest of the pockets ended up in this. Well, except for a few that didn't fit. I'm saving those for the next one

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    that thing on guys jeans they use for hammers, great for scissors
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    I don't because the result is too heavy.

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    so many things can be madr with old jeans I have made a jacket and a vest there is a lady in South Dakota called the junk jeans lady she makes all kinds of things with them
    her site is www.junkjeanspeople.com she has some very interesting books and patterns

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    Yes, I have used Jeans for a quilt...mixed with flannel plaids...have one just about done and plans to make at least 2 more. I also added photos as the quilt is a memory quilt...photo's are appliqued onto the jeans. It is a quilt for my youngest son from his dad's jeans and shirts. When it is done, will make one for my oldest son, and one for myself. Depending on what I have left after that, may also make quilts for my husband's siblings.

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    My friend has been doing blue jean quilts for years. Check out her website at http://www.recycledblues.com

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    I was given about six garbage bags of jeans from a friend, she got some from another friend who had gotten them from another friend.....each person adding their own to the pile until it grew this big. Each person deciding not to do the rug or quilt they thought they would.
    I was kind of cooling to the idea myself, but cutting them into strips, what a great idea. I have such a variety of colors that it could be like one of those speed pieced strip quilts..... the wheels are turning.

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    The first quilt I ever made was completely denim. I cut up my dad's old wranglers.

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    I've made a few, use legs, some GOOD pockets, My squares are 7" x 7" (do cut and use smaller) 7 squares across and 11 a squares down. back with fleece, bind with cotton and everyone loves them come winter, Most sit in the living room just waiting to be snuggled in while watching TV, eating pop corn :) I have posted some here. By the way I use one pocket per row and yarn tie. have fun. I also mix lights and darks. Have also found stretch ( I do not like as well)

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    I am going to make a rag quilt out of old blue jeans an back it with flannel for my son for Christmas. I am going to use the Accuquilt Rag cutter. It will save a lot of time and be easier on the hands. I can't wait to get it started hopefully this week-end.

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    I made one last year. It had crazy patch squares and I used old blue jeans for the sashing. I pinked the edges so when I washed it, it would have a ragged effect. I also used old polo shirts to make the quilt. It turned out great perfact for a 20 something guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feffertim
    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

    I am making a homespun/jean quilt now. Did you put a batting in it?

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    Being a longarm quilter, I've quilted several quilts made out of blue jeans, if you can call it quilting, because I didn't use any batting, just a flannel back. They turned out very nice!

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    I have soome 5" squares in flannel and wonder if i cut some 5" squares in cotton can they be mixed to make a rag quilt for a toddler, will it still have the fray effect...

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63 View Post
    Absolutly! I infact just cut some up today, I am useing the ones I cut up today to make rag rugs as they are stained pretty bad We are farmers and truckdrivers here the guys get pretty dirty lol, the stains wont show in woven od braided rugs though I try not to waste anything

    Search jean quilts here and on the internet under images you will get lots of ideas. I even see pockets on some. My boys still use the ones my MIL made them probly 15 years ago. They get better with age!
    I have loads of scraps from two quilts I just made. I woul love to know how to make the rag rugs. I would hate to throw out the scraps, but theya re annoying me.
    As for what parts of the jeans to use? ALL. The pockets, and zippers etc add eye appeal.

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    Yes, I mainly use the legs for rag quilts. If I find large jeans (44" or larger waist) I make shopping bags. They are very durable and easy to wash when things leak or the cat sleeps in one I left of the floor. I like the larger jeans for this because I can carry 2 gallons of milk in one bag. Then I also have the pockets for coupons or keys and money so I don't have to carry a purse.

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    Wow Sept97 I bet that is heavy! Nice use of different colors! I feel like such a dork. Never thought of light color denim. Mine are for the car.

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    My sister did a beautiful 9 patch using blue jeans and polar fleece It came out very cute and VERY heavy lol but you can do all sorts of things with it that you would never do with a regular quilt lol They also make great dog blankets as they are very durable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luscious Marilyn View Post
    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".
    I use lots of the jumpers too. They tend to be really cheap here ($1 or 2) and the ones with a gathered skirt have lots of fabric. I really like to use them for the back of rag quilts.

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    I made a bed quilt for each of my sons. They will wear like iron. I don't think they can do too much damage when laundering unless they use bleach.
    I used the pockets as decoration on the squares. I took name labels off the jeans and sewed them to the squares for some variation. Denim quilts are very heavy--so no batting was used in the ones I made. I used denim for the entire quilt top and then ragged it. I used the legs and the back pockets. The larger jeans will get you more material.

    Then I made a denim rag tote. It is easy to load up with lots of stuff. When it gets dirty--just throw it in the washer. EverytimeI carry that--people want to know if I made it. Of course I am proud to say yes.

    My boss asked me to make her one. So that could be my next project!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ragquilter View Post
    Yes, I mainly use the legs for rag quilts. If I find large jeans (44" or larger waist) I make shopping bags. They are very durable and easy to wash when things leak or the cat sleeps in one I left of the floor. I like the larger jeans for this because I can carry 2 gallons of milk in one bag. Then I also have the pockets for coupons or keys and money so I don't have to carry a purse.
    I'd love to see some of your shopping bags, if possible. Thanks.

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    Yes! I mainly use the legs, although pockets work well for some patterns (including chair arm saddlebags). I can't find the picture right now, but I made a DWR that I really loved. The background was red bandana fabric. The rings were raw edge (fringed) machine applique, with blue and white cornerstones. After I made a bed quilt, I went back and made a 4 ring baby quilt this way. My guild made a denim scrappy/crazy quilt with lots of colors of denim. I have also made denim potholders.

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