Recycled Jean Quilt

Old jeans recycled to make a quilt with a flannel backing.

Approximate Time: 12 hours

Supplies:

  • old jeans
  • flat flannel sheet
  • any color thread
  • large shears
  • small scissors
  • cardboard

Instructions:

The jeans and flannel are pre-washed, before cutting. After the desired shape of the quilt block is determined, cut your cardboard to the shape. I usually do a simple shape and start cutting the jean pieces.

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After the jean pieces are all cut I find it easier to pin each on the flannel sheet and cut. I then sew a basting stitch around the 2 pieces and start making my stacks. I like my quilts BIG, so I usually try to use the biggest flannel sheet I can find. You don't usually have much waste of the sheet.

When I start piecing them together, I put a whole row together and lay it across a bed to get a idea of how many rows I will need, then I snip all the edges and continue to sew the rows together.

After I have all the rows sewn together I wash the quilt. It will be frayed on every edge, but because the edges are all snipped it makes it easier to pull all the threads. I put it in the dryer and dry it only about 90% dry. Jean material is very giving and can be pulled to shape. I then lay it on a clothes line in the basement and start pulling threads, this takes awhile, but it sure turns out nice.

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By Sue from Whitinsville, MA

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

I have wanted to make a quilt from my husband's Fire Dept. patches from his shirts. That would be a good one to use those on. Thanks.

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

Awesome job. I have load of jeans that need to be cut and I'll make it into a quilt one of these days. Now you've given me some inspiration... Thank you
dru

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March 2, 20110 found this helpful

That is a really neat idea and simple to do!! Thanks! I'm gonna try it also with sweatshirts and sweatpants fabrics with some flannels from shirts.

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Kind of mix up different kinds throughout my quilt. Kill the cabin fever some.

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