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Picture of Denim Rag Quilt

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.

 
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paleogirl29 days ago

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....

You should be able to pick up a 70s Kenmore for around $30-$40. They have strong motors, and can handle denim with ease.

I love it!

jmyers11 month ago
This was a great instructible! I think the quilt is a great way to use up old jeans.
I totally read "rage quit", but glad I clicked it anyways!
mholcomb11 month ago
Wow, great instructible! I really appreciate the details & tips. Beautiful work.
bbqbradley1 month ago
My mother-in-law made me a denim quilt years ago. The most durable blanket ever.
jenise20001 month ago
I love it
Kiteman1 month ago

This is cool. Nice write-up.

Yup, I now know what I'm doing with all the old jeans laying around. I love the pocket pillow, it's so cute!