Way to Sew a Denim Blanket from Blue Jeans


Almost everyone has at least a few pairs of old blue jeans or maybe a pair of skirts hanging in their closet. Denim clothing is easy to recycle to make a quilt out of blue jeans. Feel free to use other fabrics in the quilt along with denim, such as flannel plaids in Candice Moore’s colorful example above.

Not much fabric goes into each pair of jeans, but you can quickly make a stock by checking the shelves of local charity shops in search of jeans that would be soft and faded, but not completely worn out.

Also pay attention to jumpsuits with bibs, especially baby jumpsuits with cute bibs, which will be a fun addition to a quilt or will be used in the front of a denim bag. And don’t forget to pick up denim skirts, as they are quite a large size.
Before you start

Wash jeans and other clothes and dry them.

It can take forever to tear the seams, and usually this task is not worth the effort because of the small amount of fabric you will receive, so take a sharp pair of fabric scissors and cut at the seams to remove usable fabric. Discard the sealed areas or save them for use as decoration.
Inspect the denim and discard the thin or stretched fabric. Be sure to carefully inspect the knees and seats, as these areas are prone to wear.
Keep the back pockets and the fabric around them intact if you want to use the pockets to decorate a few special items.
Squeeze out all your pieces of denim and you’re ready to cut out patches for a patchwork quilt.

You don’t need a special pattern for a denim blanket

Making a patchwork quilt from denim is not much different from sewing any other patchwork quilt, but due to the greater weight of the fabric, some projects are easier to assemble than others. It is usually best to stick to simple patchwork sewing from denim, avoiding small patches that increase weight and volume within the seam allowances.

Quilt batting can make the project even harder, so consider giving it up entirely.
You can make a quilt a little lighter by using a regular cotton fabric for the base, rather than denim.
Your choice of fabrics depends on how the quilt will be used ― it may be best to sew a durable quilt entirely from denim if you are going to use it outdoors as a picnic blanket.

Make a Denim Blanket Out of Recycled Blue Jeans

Heather Banks, who specializes in patchwork quilts made from recycled fabric, purchased the denim quilt shown here from Quilter’s granddaughter. It was sewn in Nebraska and is a good example of a quilt that makes voluminous side seams an important part of the design.

Each block is made of three strips of the same size, with a seam patch located in the middle. The thoughtful color scheme makes the blanket look a bit like a brick and cobblestone blanket, but in fact it looks more like the blocks used in railing fencing.

Use denim fabric of different colors in a patchwork quilt to achieve a striking difference from patch to patch.
Instead of varying the denim fabric, add other fabrics. Each flannel square is framed with denim trim with raw seam edges.
Sew patches of blue denim in different shades (or choose patches that have been faded to varying degrees) to achieve minor differences between the quilt blocks.
Think about different ways of laying ceramic tiles on the floors and choose a similar arrangement for your denim blanket blocks.
A simple patchwork pattern would be perfect for sewing denim, but don’t use a layer of batting to reduce weight. Follow the instructions to get you started
Many denim blankets are sewn from recycled blue jeans, which are usually made from denim, which is much heavier than the fabric on the bolt. Mix two types of decor to get a unique look.
Denim shirts and other garments are usually sewn from lighter fabrics.
The lighter your denim is, the easier it will be to work with denim patchwork.
Almost all denim blankets are heavy, which should be kept in mind when planning a project.

Pre-washing of new denim

Wash the new denim at least twice to make it look softer to the touch, and be sure to wring out the denim before using it as a quilt.

Tips for sewing denim

Most of the recycled denim tends to wear, so it’s not a bad idea to sew large solid blocks with 1/2-inch thick seams.
The new lightweight denim fabric is not so prone to abrasion, so use 1/4-inch thick seams if you are making blocks from smaller pieces.
Sew with cotton thread or buy denim thread, which is available in many colors.
It is best to sew denim fabric with a special denim needle (recommendations are given in the instruction manual of your sewing machine).
Some quilters like to set their sewing machines to perform about 10-12 stitches per inch when working with denim (15 stitches per inch or so if you are sewing a patchwork quilt with frayed edges).
You will find that the walking foot helps to keep the edges of the denim from shifting while sewing.

You probably won’t want to manually embroider a denim patchwork quilt―it will take forever to insert the needle into the dense layers and pull it out. Fortunately, casual denim looks great with a simple machine quilt, so take a walking leg and finish the quilt with a straight stitch.

Think about adding a large meander stitch to large areas to decorate them a little.

You can also tie a blanket with a simple or decorative cotton thread.
Tying a Denim Patchwork Quilt

Usually, it is not possible to get long enough pieces from recycled denim to sew strips for binding, and when assembling short strips, a binding with a large number of seam allowances is obtained, which will lead to the formation of voluminous strips around the blanket.

New denim and thick cotton twill are both good knitting options for denim blankets. Two layers of binding folded in half will help keep the edges intact.

Denim is a wonderful casual fabric that looks great regardless of whether it is sewn in structured blocks or random pieces. Experiment with denim fabrics to figure out what suits you best, and remember that there are no rules.

Combine Denim with Vintage Fabrics

Denim quilts are always good, but this example from TwirlAndTango is special because its front side is sewn from vintage fabrics. It’s a great combination.

Embroidered Felt Floral Denim Art Quilted Track For Table

Don’t limit your denim projects to patchwork quilts. Cherie Browning mixed denim with felt and embroidered flowers to create a fancy tabletop track.

A denim mug rug with a yellow rose

The designers from Backpocket Designs have found a good use for a small piece of denim by creating this denim mug mat and highlighting the blue denim with a yellow rose, green leaves and strips of fabric along one side.

Sinuous quilting stitches secure the layers of the circle rug, and satin stitching complements the design, keeping the rose and its leaves in place.

Make a Denim tote Bag

It is not difficult to sew a denim tote bag from an unused denim skirt and several finds at a flea market or in the novelty department of a quilt store.

Denim blanket with stained glass

Patchwork quilts with stained glass windows are always fun, and this denim version from Alicia Wells from Lucy’s Quilts was definitely a winner.

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