Here's a Quilt I Made From My Husband's Old Jeans

by Shelly
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My husband had a stack of old jeans that were just taking up space so I decided to make them into a quilt. This is an I Spy quilt, all the fabrics are different, no repeats. It's also a rag quilt because the edges are frayed.
I have a more detailed tutorial on my website.
I cut pairs of jeans open along the seams. I used a pasta bowl and sharpie to trace circles onto the inside of old jeans.
I cut out the circles using a nice sharp pair of scissors.
I figured out what size square would fit inside the circle and made a templete out of a manila file.
I marked the square on the wrong side of half the denim circles. I sewed circles into rows.

Before I sewed the rows together, I used a ruler to join the square markings on half the rows. This is my sewing line.

I then joined all the rows together. I pressed the seams open like you see below.
Before I started this sewing project I ordered I Spy pre cut fabric squares from ebay.
I pinned the fabric squares to the denim. I did this on the ironing board and slid an acrylic ruler under the quilt to avoid pinning to the ironing board cover.

Then, I stitched down the flaps using the presser foot edge as my guide. I did the stitching in long rows. I did all the horizontal stitching and then did the vertical stitching. It goes surprisingly fast.
This is what the quilt looked like at this stage.
Next, I attached the binding. My daughter picked out this funky yellow fabric.
I carefully clipped the seam allowance and tossed the quilt in the washing machine. I washed it twice, cleaning out the lint from the washing machine in between cycles. When the quilt was in the dryer, there was a TON of lint and I cleaned out the dryer vent several times while the quilt was drying.
Suggested materials:
  • Denim   (My closet)
  • Cotton Squares   (eBay)
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Linda May Linda May on May 15, 2019

    I'm going to be making this 🤗😍 I'm teased for being a Jeans hound. But, what about batting? I didn't see it in the tutorial. NP, I think that I can try it on a small quilt, and then bravely move to a larger scale. I will post when I get one done. Thank You for your share.

  • Teresa Duncan Teresa Duncan on Jul 09, 2019

    Did you not put any backing material on it?

  • Jimi Dawson Jimi Dawson on Sep 17, 2019

    love this quilt... but not sure how you stitch the circles together?

    please advise.


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  • Deb55097247 Deb55097247 on Oct 18, 2022

    THANK YOU!!!! I have enjoyed this pattern for years but had no idea how you got the calico squares in that shape. You hit it out of the ballpark with your directions, which were great. My mind just clicked & made me understand completely how you made this gorgeous quilt.

    I can't wait to try this, but will start with a throw first. Your quilt is Just gorgeous!!!!

  • BERT LUCAS BERT LUCAS 4 days ago

    WOW, you must have the patience of a Saint! Well done.