Do you have lots of leftover jeans laying around that are worn out? Why not make a denim quilt?
Many people don't think of denim as a good fabric for quilts, but on the contrary, it can be warm, soft and washes very well. You don't need to use polyester fiber in a denim quilt at all. This makes it easier to put together. You can also make a "ragged denim quilt" which I feel gives the denim a rustic look and feel.
Things You Will Need
Here is how to make a raggedy denim quilt.
Depending on the size of your quilt, you are going to need a fair bunch of denim jeans, so you may want to ask for donations from friends and family!
To make a quilt 5 feet by 5 feet (more of a couch throw) you will need
a cardboard template for cutting out the denim squares measuring 7 x 7 inches.
fabric pen (for tracing around the cardboard template)
100 squares of denim measuring 7 x 7 inches.
denim needle for your sewing machine (this is a tougher needle and won't break)
good sharp scissors
soft piece of backing material such as polar fleece measuring the same size as the finished project, which in this case is 5 x 5 feet. (remember you can make this denim quilt any size you want, I am just giving directions for a 5 x 5 foot denim quilt)
Take your squares and sew them in strips of ten squares, allowing 1/2 inch for seam allowance. For this raggedy denim quilt, you will have the seams on the "good" side.
Now take your strips and sew them together at the sides, with the seams (raw edges) still on the good side.
After you have finished, then comes the "raggedy" part. You will need to take your sharp scissors, and along each seam cut fringe into the raw edges. Approx 1/4 inch apart. This part can take awhile, so you may want to get some help for this part.
Now around the outside edge sew a line 1/2 inch from the edge, and then clip this seam as well with a fringe.
Throw the entire project in your washing machine, and then in your dryer. This will turn the fringe into soft fuzz at the seams. If you didn't do the clips close enough it will look more like curly q's. If you like that look, then this is fine too, but I prefer the fuzzy soft seams.
Empty your lint trap on your dryer, as a lot of the denim fuzz will have accumulated there. Throw it outside for the birds, they like to use this in nests!
Now take your backing piece of polar fleece and with wrong sides together (fuzzy denim seams facing up and the pattern on the fleece facing down) sew around the edges on top of 1/2 inch seam you had made for the fringe at the edges of the denim quilt.
Lay your denim quilt out and tack the denim to the fleece in various spots in the middle with a needle and thread so that it is not like a big pillow case.
There is your raggedy denim quilt.
You can change this up a bit, rather than using one piece of backing fabric, you can also use brushed cotton or flannel. You would cut out squares just like the denim and sew the squares together with the flannel as well. This way your colored flannel fray would be mixed in with the denim.
Enjoy your raggedy denim quilt, this washes well, and is nice and warm on the couch. Make it bigger or smaller. Using a 7 x 7 inch denim square and allowing for 1/2 inch seam allowance makes a finished 6 inch square, so there are two of these to a foot of denim quilt, so you can add or take away as much as you want.
ãThese make great gifts, and are a good way to deal with worn out jeans.