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DIY Denim Rag Quilt Ideas You’ll Love

This Denim Rag Quilt can be made out of all those old pairs of jeans you have laying around. You are going to love the results …

We all have them – that pair of jeans that fit us a decade ago but, well, just don’t anymore! You might have some of your old ones, plus some from the rest of your family too.

Maybe you just love the look of this rag quilt so much you’d like to pick up a few secondhand pairs of jeans to make it!

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Either way, it’s a simple project that takes a bit of time and energy!

Denim Rag Quilt Materials

  • Lots of denim
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sharp fabric scissors
  • 6” acrylic quilting template
  • Straight edge
  • Chalk or washable pen or pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Quilting / Basting pins
  • Color coordinated sheet (preferably a minimum of 3-5 inches wider and longer than your quilt)
  • Neutral colored thread
  • Contrasting color yarn
  • Yarn or tapestry sewing needles

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Denim Rag Quilt via Instructables

Denim Rag Jeans Quilt Special Notes

Before you jump in to this project, there are a few things you should know. First off, work out the size Quilt you would like to make. You can use an existing rug that you have as a size template.

The type of denim you’re using whilst not important, you can even use a combination of different types and colors, needs special attention if stretch denim.

The Creator of this Tutorial, Instructables user sjolly2, says that if you’re planning to use stretch denim to be sure that you don’t pull it too tight as it will fray.

Denim Jeans Rag Quilt Video

We have included an easy to follow Denim Jeans Rag Quilt Video Tutorial. It has some good tips and tricks so be sure to click Play above to view ⇑

Denim Jeans Rug via Tamari Barb

Here’s a gorgeous Denim Jeans Rug Quilt made by Barb Seuss. She generously created this as a ‘Love Gift’ to the victims of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. It is truly beautiful.

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Denim Jeans Quilt For Purchase via Etsy 

Another great idea is this beautiful version that includes flannelette and fabric. The Creator refers to it as a washed up cowboy style. We absolutely love it. The ruffle detail is stunning.

We can see this laying across the end of a bed or the back of the lounge. The great news is that this one is available for sale on Etsy. You can check out the whole collection here 

Denim Jeans Picnic Rug via A Spoonful Of Sugar Designs 

You can even turn yours into a Denim Jeans Picnic Rug like the version above. Don’t you just love it!

Denim Jeans Rag Quilt via Pinterest- No Instructions Inspiration Only

Denim Jeans Instructions

1) Begin by prepping your pairs of jeans. Be sure to cut off all pockets, decorative trim and zippers. A good tip is to simply cut the top of the jeans off (as if you’re making jean shorts). You will get the most material for your squares from the legs however you can incorporate the pocket in your design if you like as shown by the version above. We found the photo above on Pinterest but it appears that the blog has since been removed.

Denim Rag Quilt via Crafty Camper Girl 

2) You’ll now need to figure out exactly how many squares you’ll need! This involves some simple math  – First, decide what size your finished quilt will be. Divide the number of inches across by 5, as well as the length. Then take both results and multiply them together. This will be the number of squares you’ll need!

3) Cut out your squares using your template. You can make one out of acrylic or cardboard even.

4) Lay out your quilt squares in rows. Move them around and assemble in a pattern that you are happy with.

Denim Rag Quilt via Instructables

5) Assemble your rows with wrong sides of the fabric facing up. Sew them with a 5/8″ seam.

6) Sew your rows together, making a few reverse backstitches every few inches to lock your seams in place.

7) Once all pieces are stitched together, be sure to check your measurements and see that your finished product is the right size! Lay it out and measure it against your template or bed.

8) Trim the sides if there are any uneven cuts, frays, bumps or wrinkles. You want a nice, smooth edge to work with.

9) The final steps will be to add your batting (filler) and backing material.

Denim Rag Quilt via Instructables

10) You’ll then need to sew all three layers together, tie up all loose ends and wash and trim.

As you can see this is a very simple project and you can have fun using a variety of colors and fabrics. Use some of the featured projects in this post for inspiration. To learn more about this project and see the creators other ideas, see here

Denim Rag Quilt via Craftsy

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