Tuesday, August 2, 2011

{Housewife in Town} Denim Rag Quilt

Today's guest has such a fun project to share with you guys.  Laura from Housewife in Town is such a great writer, and an even better photographer.    And this will probably sound weird, but I feel like we have a connection since we both have little redheads!

Enough of my jabbering...



It allures me. It makes me want to roll up the cuffs of my blue jeans and dance in wet grass.
Or buy a whole stack of jeans that would never fit me, cut them into six-inch squares and fashion them into a quilt, complete with fashion statement pockets. Sure!

So that's what I did. Want to see how?
The finished product is amazing. I'm hoping it will get some attention at the local fair and frontier days. And all for less than $20.
Upcycling is awesome.
This is a simple tutorial, not an all-inclusive, all-you-need-to-know guide to sewing a rag quilt. :) One other important detail would be the special denim needle you'll need to sew through this thick stuff. One needle already bit the dust in the making of this quilt. RIP. 


Oh. Em. Gee.  How cool does that rag quilt look!?!?

And I told you that her photographs were great, didn't I?  I need some lessons from Laura :)   

Don't forget to head over to Seamingly Smitten to see what she has in store for you!!  Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts!

Now it's YOUR TURN!
Link up YOUR original upcycled creations for a chance to WIN PRIZES!
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  1. Wow! I love this upcycle, its so much fun. I have lot of small project to linkup. How many can we link??

  2. Cute!!!! That would be fun to make for a toddler - they would love hiding things in the pockets!

  3. I know this is older but is the fray only on one side or both?

  4. Replies
    1. Hi Nicole!

      Laura's didn't have a backing, but a flannel backing would make it super comfy!!

    2. Thanks! I have made rag quilts before but I have a huge pile of denim jeans I have been saving and thought I would tackle that. I have been looking for ideas and suggestions on pinterest and found your blog. Love the pocket idea!

  5. I just finished mine and wanted to offer a TIP. My blanket frayed GREAT in the washing machine. However, it completely clogged the pump in my machine. My hubs had to completely take it apart to get it fixed. I was very lucky it didn't fry the pump. It almost did. Unfortunately it was a surprise for him and he now knows I was working on making him something...awesome. Love the blanket but I might invest in washing it at a laundromat next time to get it to fray.

    1. I've seen the frays created by using a stiff brush to the edges. I think that would work better. I love the upcycle things in denim. :)

  6. Thanks for the great pics and very simple steps! This is a great quilt and way to upcycle jeans.

  7. Is the flannel backing made up of flannel squares sewn to denim ones, or a whole panel?

  8. I have been saving denim for a quilt like this since my children were young. I had the idea in my head, but this is EXACTLY what I had in mind. Thanks for sharing.

  9. How many jeans did it take and what size did you make?

    1. Hi Sandra!

      This post was written by a guest blogger, so I'm honestly not entirely sure how many she used and what size was made. I made a very similar quilt and mine was 5' by 6'. I ended up using 12 pairs of adult jeans (12 7" squares were cut from each pair). Hope this helps!!


  10. Do you think you could do this with one layer of jeans instead of 2?

  11. Hi Mary!

    I think it would work just fine with one layer of jeans. The only think to keep in mind is that the underside would look like the inside of a pair of jeans. If you are okay with that, it would be just fine! You could also make a single layer "quilt top" and back the quilt with flannel or cotton like a regular quilt.

    Good luck!

    1. The underside will be the right side of the denim so the 'wings' that you top stitch will be the darker color. The underside will be covered by the insert. I am going to use batting on each 5" square.

  12. Replies
    1. It would be VERY heavy. I usually make my rag quilts out of flannel. Since I have a bunch of old jeans, I may try this with flannel backing.

    2. It would be VERY heavy. I usually make my rag quilts out of flannel. Since I have a bunch of old jeans, I may try this with flannel backing.


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