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Thread: Using Blue Jeans for quilts

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    Super Member Maggiesmom's Avatar
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    Do any of you use old blue jeans for your quilts? What parts do you use?

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    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

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggiesmom
    Do any of you use old blue jeans for your quilts? What parts do you use?
    Right now I am doing a jean quilt, and using the back pockets and the legs. I am making it a 5 foot square, but with only 4 large (30") blocks.

    While designing the pattern, I came up with at least 8 variables of this pattern, depending on the color variations and orientation of the block.

    here is one block
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    I use cut up jeans for rag quilts. I have cut around the pockets and incorporated them into the quilt; as long as I don't have to sew over the pocket seams...I made a jean rag quilt along with flannel squares, it turned out very nice; very warm.

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    Yes, I do all the time, mostly for rag quilts, I have made the cathedral window out of the jeans. I use all of my jeans except for the zipper.

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    I have done several back in the 70's . I used to collect the jeans . Then cut the usable parts and then sort them into dark , medium and light, until I decided what pattern I was going to make.
    They do make a heavy quilt.

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    I've got some squares cut from mainly the legs, but also the front part and of course the pocket. I'm planning on it being a rag quilt for picnics.

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    Great idea! Love it.

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    I made a rag quilt using jeans on the front and flannel on the back. Used an 8" square so wherever it would fit I cut out a square. Bought most of mine at the Goodwill Store. Buy ones that have the wider legs, skinny jeans don't work unless you are using a very small block. You should be able to find it on here somewhere. I think I posted it under Denim Rag quilt maybe. Something like that.

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    Great idea. I'm about to start a memory quilt for my niece who just graduated from high school. Adding jean squares, could be fun. I like the idea that they all were hers, but she's moved so many times that probably won't happen so getting them at goodwill or the like would be good.
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    They make nice rag quilts

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    All the time, and for years, but I didn't know they fell into the "quilt" category until I came here :) I do all different layouts, and have used everybit of the jeans, even the thick seam thingies - they are good to weave as ragrugs.

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    I have made several blue jean quilts. They look cute with red bandana

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    I did one like sunflower 126.Bought all the denim and flanell at the thrift stores.Mens shirts and pants.It was nice and my son loves it--but be carefull and clean your machine regularly.That denim and flanell really clogged mine up!! Lesson learned!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsusie
    I did one like sunflower 126.Bought all the denim and flanell at the thrift stores.Mens shirts and pants.It was nice and my son loves it--but be carefull and clean your machine regularly.That denim and flanell really clogged mine up!! Lesson learned!!
    Took mine to the laundramat to wash it. Too much lint for my washer. I had read that somewhere so I took their advice.

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    I try to recycle old jeans.My DGD's jeans were too short so I cut the legs off right at the crotch and added 2 ruffles (each a different length) attached to the where the crotch was and it was the such an adorable mini skirt. I also use the legs and pockets to make totes and line with flannel (rag-like) I also use old jeans for the lining of pot holders.

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    Thank-you. Great ideas. Wfeld1st

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    Yep I make rag quilts out of them. Everybody I know saves them for me instead of throwing them out.

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    I've made a few quilts out of jeans. I'm going to try and post one. I have soooooooooo many jeans now that I've asked my friends not to save me any for now, lol
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    Use a half inch seam.... one quarter seams pull apart easily

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    I saw this picture on line and saved it in my "idea" folder.

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    Sorry for previous post: for some reason, my picture wouldn't attach, and I couldn't delete the post.

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    I just saw the cutest purse made from the top of jeans that I am going to try. I have lots of jeans put aside to use for rag quilts but haven't gotten that far yet.

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    Very original! I love it.

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