Blue Jeans Quilts
has a drawer or box of old blue jeans. Did you know you can make a denim quilt? The idea of frugal quilting with recycled levis is an excellent way to
use up these sturdy, leftover garments. Denim quilts are hard-wearing, popular
gifts for the younger members of your family, great for use as picnic quilts,
camping or perhaps a bed for a special pet. Make a wallhanging jeans quilt with
pockets in some of the blocks for a teenager's room or for a college dorm - the pockets can store
small personal treasures!
article will cover some sewing and quilting techniques for denim, ideas for
quilt designs, quilt top layout samples and patterns for various easy quilts,
and many links to sites on the Web to see and learn more about blue jeans
There is also a
of Jeans Quilts here with photos and information sent in by quilters
from the Quilting Forum. They share how-to information to help you plan and sew
your own quilts.
One fun technique is to sew your jeans quilt with the seams
to the outside. Using 1/2 inch or deeper seams makes the quilt sturdy and also lets
the fabric fray. The raw edges then have a decorative look. I've made a
couple illustrations using Electric Quilt to show two simple layouts for denim
quilts with seams to the front - one with simple squares in different
shades of indigo denim and one with a rectangular "brick" pattern. A
brick pattern is a good block to cut from jeans' legs which tend to give more
bricks than squares sometimes. You can make more complex blocks, but denim is
hard to sew and keeping it simple will make it more fun to work on.
This Simple Squares Jeans quilt shows one way to tie the quilt
with decorative red floss or yarn. Tie in the middle of the block instead of
tying at the seams to save having to go through the thick seams.
A brick style block may be handy for cutting blocks from the legs
of smaller jeans
for Jeans Quilts
Our own Gallery of Jeans
Quilts - photos sent in by readers, more are welcome !
Susan C. Druding