Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Getting Creative With REcycling

Denim is wonderful stuff. It's rugged and durable. It's fashionable. It's versatile. And it makes a lovely  quilt! I recently made an adorable rag quilt out of recycled denim pants, and I'll tell you how to do it as well. Ok, so your probably thinking " Boring and monotone". I was amazed at how many different shades of denim I found! Everything from khaki,dark blue,bright blue, stonewashed,bleached,white, black, you name it. And when you put it together it is so cute. So without further ado, let's get started.
What you will need:
Blue jeans ( old ones, stained ones, anything you don't mind cutting up.)
A sewing machine with a size 18 needle on it.
Machine quilting thread
Good cutting scissors
   For the "rear pocket method" you will also need:
A good strong hand sewing needle
Embroidery floss

1. Cut out your denim into squares. Make them whatever size you want, the bigger squares you use the less you will need. I make sure not to get any seams on the squares as they are very hard to sew over. It is easiest if you do not use the rear pockets, but if you are experienced at sewing and want to try it read the section at the end of this article called " rear pocket method
2) Lay out your squares until your quilt is as big as you want it, then cut out the same number of squares again for the back.
3) Take two of your squares and sew them back to back with the wrong sides touching in an X shape. Make sure to stop 1/2 in. from the edges for seam allowance. Repeat until all your squares are used.
4) Using a 1/2 inch seam allowance sew your blocks into strips, then sew the strips together to finish the quilt.
5) Run it thru the washer and the dryer so all the ragged edges will ravel.

Rear Pocket Method
1) When you cut out the rear pockets leave 1/2 in. fabric around the pocket for seam allowance.
2) Sew your squares into a front and separate back. Basically, 2 single thickness quilts.
3)Sew the front and back together at the edges with the wrong sides touching. You will not be turning the quilt, so do not leave an opening.
4) Put a hand tack stitch in the middle of each square. On the squares with pockets, I do not sew thru the top of the pocket so the pocket will not be closed.

Have fun and be creative! I would love to see what you come up with!

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