Common Quilt / Comforter Dimensions

Standard Crib 32 x 50 “ 5” squares needed: 70

Twin 68 x 89” 5” squares needed: 238

Twin XL 68 x 94” 5” squares needed: 252

Full/Double 84 x 89” 5” squares needed: 255

Queen 90 x 94” 5” squares needed: 272

King 106 x 94” 5” squares needed: 357

Cal-King 100 x 98” 5” squares needed: 400

A Word About Quilt /Comforter Sizes

Even though there are “Standard Sizes” for quilts and comforters that you might purchase in a store, you may find that the size that should fit your bed falls just a little short. I used to have a full/double bed and was never able to use a “full/double size” store bought comforter because they were all just a tad too narrow and too short. Instead, I ended up buying “queen” size bedding. Now that I have a “queen” size bed, I still like my comforters to be a bit wider (to cover my butt) and a bit longer (to cover my feet). So, I end up adding around 5” to both the width and length of my quilt / comforter.

Also, you should take the thickness of your mattress into consideration when calculating your final dimensions for your project. Older mattresses were usually around 7-12 inches thick. Occasionally, you might see a piece labeled “Extra Deep” that would be 15 inches thick but those were rare. Today’s mattresses are much thicker. I would say a 12-15 inch thick mattress is normal, with the “Extra Deep” models reaching a thickness of 20-22 inches.

Pillow Dimensions

Standard 20 x 26” Case Size 21 x 30 5” squares needed: 30

Queen 20 x 30” Case Size 21 x 34 5” squares needed: 35

King 20 x 36” Case Size 21 x 40 5” squares needed: 40

Body Pillow 20 x 60” Case Size 21 x 64 5” squares needed: 65

Denim Rag Quilt Instructable Materials List

- 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

Be Nice To Your Scissors and Rotary Cutters…

Your scissors and Rotary Cutters should ONLY be used on fabric. Do not cut hair, cardboard, paper or paper ribbon with your fabric scissors or you will find that your once razor-sharp scissors are cutting more like a dull butter knife. It is expensive to have them sharpened.

Step 1: Gather and prepare your denim

Gather all your denim together. If you are using jeans, cut off all seams, pockets, and decorative trim until all that is left is flat sections of denim. The idea here is to get the largest plain pieces of fabric that is possible from each pair of denim jeans. If you cut the legs off of your jeans just below the crotch you can use them to make a really cute denim jeans themed purse. I will be making an instructable showing you how real soon so keep an eye out for it!

A Word About Fabric…

It really doesn’t matter if the denim you are using is 100% cotton or if it is a blend with some stretch to it. You can use both in the same quilt. If the fabric you are using has some elasticity to it be very careful not to stretch it tight when you are assembling your rows or it will pucker when you assemble your quilt. Also, remember that denim is very heavy and sturdy. It is not necessary to get the heaviest weight denim that you can find. If you do, you will find that your project is too heavy and may become unmanageable. Light weight denim is perfectly fine for this type of project. Whatever kind of denim you choose to use, you should wash it and dry in it in a clothes dryer (on HOT setting) before using it. You don’t want to wash your finished quilt for the first time to discover that some of your fabric has shrunk. You don’t have to iron your fabric before you start using it, but its best if it is relatively wrinkle-free. Last but not least, it is perfectly fine to use flawed fabric or fabric with visible imperfections. Discolorations, bleached or faded spots, and an occasional heavy or coarse thread all add character to your finished piece. If you are using pieces with holes in them you may want to patch them from the backside before using. Prints, stripes, and patterned fabrics are all great to use to add a personalized touch to your project.

<p>just get one at walmart or shopco NEW they are sometimes only $60 you only need one that does a straight stitch forward, backward and zigzag</p>
<p>OH, but to have a sewing machine! I don't and I won't be able to get one for a bit ... but my husband LOVES his jeans and I can't think of a better way to honor his love of his jeans than to make a bed covering, or pillow, or throw, or just about anything else you could think of from his favorite old clothing. Could do the same with his old t-shirts too. I'll have to save up for a sewing machine....</p>
<p>Check thrift stores for a sewing machine. You may get lucky. I got one of my machines at the bin at my apartment where people leave their unwanted stuff for anyone who would like them</p>
<p>Check second-hand shops like Salvation Army or Goodwill. I bought a great used sewing machine in a cabinet with a chair for $35 from Salvation Army.The only thing wrong with it was that it was an older model (about 10 years old) and the door to the light &amp; top tension arm was cracked. Neither of these was a problem because they are minor issues. I use it to make all kinds of things &amp; haven't had a problem with it in the 4 years I've had it.</p>
<p>You should be able to pick up a 70s Kenmore for around $30-$40. They have strong motors, and can handle denim with ease. </p>
<p>P.S. lol you can get cheap jeans at the thrift stores and Goodwill for like a dollar or two! Lots of fabric that way.</p>
<p>Great throw by just using the denim squares. One side is clipped to give ragged look. The other side is closed seems and smooth. I incorporated pocket squares and it gave it some pizazz! Light weight and easy to fold for those trips to soccor or the beach, or keeping in the trunk for a picnic. I like it a lot more with just the blue denim. Other colors take away from the &quot;jean&quot; look I think.</p>
<p>me gustaria hacerlo, donde puedo encontrar el tutorial traducido al espa&ntilde;ol</p>
<p>PaulaP1 </p><p>sabes como hacer &quot;cut &amp; paste&quot; puedes ir copeando cada p&aacute;rrafo y pegarlo en &quot;Google Translate&quot; - el programa de Google que traduce. No es perfecto pero por lo general se entiende bastante - tu podr&aacute;s entender aun con los peque&ntilde;os errores ya que es maquina no una persona quien traduce. Suerte.</p>
<p>me gustaria hacerlo, donde puedo encontrar el tutorial traducido al espa&ntilde;ol</p>
<p>I love it!</p>
This was a great instructible! I think the quilt is a great way to use up old jeans.
I totally read &quot;rage quit&quot;, but glad I clicked it anyways!
Wow, great instructible! I really appreciate the details &amp; tips. Beautiful work.
My mother-in-law made me a denim quilt years ago. The most durable blanket ever.<br>
I love it
<p>This is cool. Nice write-up.</p>
<p>Yup, I now know what I'm doing with all the old jeans laying around. I love the pocket pillow, it's so cute!</p>

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