One of my endearing/annoying personality traits to my poor enduring hubby is that I can be a hoarder.
Not the kind where small children go missing in my piles of junk, just the kind where I feel the need to save random things.
He has patiently waited out the box of lace phase, is currently enduring the soda can pop tops phase, and everytime we clean out the garage has lovingly asked why I have 3 years of old jeans in that corner.
Well people, I have redeemed myself…at least with the denim.
Not just one denim quilt, but two.
No applause necessary.
I needed some cool, manly bedding to match the snowboarder mural Ashleigh and I painted. Here is my cool, not manly baby catching his 3 minutes of fame in my picture.
First, save jeans for 3 years. Or go to the thrift store and make your garage happier. It took less than I thought, about 8 pair of jeans per twin size quilt. But, I also used half flannel so you can adjust accordingly.
I snipped with scissors at the ankle side of either side of the seam and then ripped the pant up near the top. Then cut across the pant where you bend at the hip. I didn’t want to add the part of jeans with pockets on mine but you totally could. I also left the seam on a few strips to mix it up a little bit. I ended up with lots of strips of jeans.
Then I trimmed each piece of denim to between 3 and 8 inches wide and cut a strip of flannel the same width. I sewed them short edges together to make a long strip at least 60 inches long. Some were just denim on one side, flannel on the other. Some I put the denim in the middle and flannel on either side, and vice versa. Just random, my style.
When I had a bunch done I laid them out on the floor to find the pattern I liked. Making sure light and dark denim was balanced and the was dispersed with the flannel looking good.
And sewed them together one by one.
I pieced it together until it was 90 inches long. Put the batting in between the top and a layer of flannel. I decided to try stitch in the ditch to quilt it. I turned to my handy quilting teacher You Tube to learn how. Basically stitch right along the seam so hopefully it doesn’t show.
I put the binding on it and then made another quilt the same. I planned to put different flannel on the back to easily differentiate whose blanket it was but I had a little math calculating problem and had to use the same. So, I at least put a little tag on the binding of each quilt so the boys can tell them apart.
The boys love them and I am hoping they love them forever.
Sorry honey, but I still can’t get rid of the pile of jeans because now I have some plans for denim purses. 🙂
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my father in law died about four years ago. We saved all his jeans and flannel shirts to make this very blanket. I'm thrilled to have you as a resources when I finally start my project. They look wonderful.
Thanks a lot!!!!
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Awesome quilts!! I bet the kids will love them 😉
Whoot Woo – how cool! Hi my name is Nicola and I too am a hoarder! On Monday I am going to "attack" my spare room and clean out all those piles of stuff that I just have to save for some project or another!
Your quilt has totally inspired me to get my act together and get these projects out of my head and into real life.
As always, thanks for the inspiration.!
I love your quilts! You have inspired me to get going on my pile!
At least you keep the whole jeans – I just keep the pockets. Don't even ask.
As usual Kathryn, it's perfect.
Don't throw away the pockets! I use them to make these: http://poditan.blogspot.com/2010/01/pocket-magnets.html . And I am always freecycling the cut up jeans to folks making denim quilts.
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I love how you used denim and flannel – – two of the most comforting fabrics!!
I'm following, too!!
Hugs ~~ Suz
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That's a beautiful idea 🙂 Great use of all the fabrics 🙂
Great job! I love your quilts!
I am a brand new follower! Just found your blog! I absolutely LOVE your denim/flannel quilt…absolutely awesome! Do you sew for the public? Or has anyone shipped you stuff to sew & make? I know you are in CA and I am in TX, but I would honestly like to know if you would be willing to sew a denim/flannel quilt for me….perhaps if I cut all the denim & flannel & shipped it to you..just curious if you ever do anything like that and what kind of charge it would be. Thanks!
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A fabulous way to reuse pre-loved jeans!!!
This is a great job. I like your blog and try to follow you. Thanks a lot.