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.

ArtMettle5 days ago

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

paleogirl1 year 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....

EdieW paleogirl5 months ago

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

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 & 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 & haven't had a problem with it in the 4 years I've had it.

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

nancy.beer.125 months ago

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.

nancy.beer.125 months ago

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 "jean" look I think.

PaulaP110 months ago

me gustaria hacerlo, donde puedo encontrar el tutorial traducido al español


sabes como hacer "cut & paste" puedes ir copeando cada párrafo y pegarlo en "Google Translate" - el programa de Google que traduce. No es perfecto pero por lo general se entiende bastante - tu podrás entender aun con los pequeños errores ya que es maquina no una persona quien traduce. Suerte.

PaulaP110 months ago

me gustaria hacerlo, donde puedo encontrar el tutorial traducido al español

I love it!

jmyers11 year 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 year ago
Wow, great instructible! I really appreciate the details & tips. Beautiful work.
bbqbradley1 year ago
My mother-in-law made me a denim quilt years ago. The most durable blanket ever.
jenise20001 year ago
I love it
Kiteman1 year 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!