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Make your old jeans into a quilt!

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Many times your old, worn out jeans just sit around taking up space while never being used.  This is an easy way to save all of your favorite pockets, zippers, grass stains, and rips and make them into a warm and very heavy blanket.  This quilt is a fairly easy to make.   Even as a very unexperienced sewer, I was able to complete this project in only a few afternoons.  

What you need:
-Roughly 3-5 pairs of jeans
-A pair of scissors
-A flat bed sheet
-Many stick pins
-A sewing machine with thread

 
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Step 1: Split your jeans right down the middle.

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The number of pairs of jeans you need for your quilt really depends on size you wish the blanket to be.  This time, I am making a smaller lap blanket that is roughly 4.5 ft by 5.5 ft.  I was able to complete this blanket with three pairs of adult jeans.

The first step to readying your jeans is opening them all up.  The easiest way to do this is to cut out the middle seam that runs down the crotch.  This seam includes the zipper in the front and then runs down and around to the back, right between the two back pockets.  From the second and third image, you can see how I cut right now one side of the seam, all the way around, until the two sides (left leg and right leg) are separated.  Once this first cut is made, simply cut the seam off of the other side.  Now, open up the two legs by cutting out the seam that runs down the inside of the leg.  You can see this in the final image.

If at any time in this process you find a particular part of a pair of jeans you wish to use in your quilt, it is quite easy to improvise.  Each quilt will be incredibly unique and each piece can have special memories and meaning.  I really enjoy pockets and try to save any pieces with hammer loops to use for my quilts.

This is just what I was looking for. I have my husbands old jeans with the stains of his labors over the last 10 years of his life. He could never keep a pair of jeans 'nice'. It was humorous banter between us over the years. Now that he is gone his jeans make me smile as I remember all of the things he did for me and our boys over the years as he turned a house into a home and helped us with so many 'projects' we came up with. I don't want to discard the stains and worn pockets but include them in a quilt for our sons. This is the first quilt I saw that doesn't pick out the good parts but can celebrate the imperfections of the jeans he wore. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.
This is just what I was looking for. I have my husbands old jeans with the stains of his labors over the last 10 years of his life. He could never keep a pair of jeans 'nice'. It was humorous banter between us over the years. Now that he is gone his jeans make me smile as I remember all of the things he did for me and our boys over the years as he turned a house into a home and helped us with so many 'projects' we came up with. I didn't want to discard the stains and worn pockets but include in a quilt for our sons. This is the first quilt I saw that doesn't pick out the good parts but can celebrate the imperfections of the jeans he wore. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity.