Introduction: Scrap Denim Strip Quilt
This is an interesting way to use upold denim clothingand fabric scraps...or bought denim fabric(if you're wanting a nice gift for someone). The denim needs to be at least 4" wide.You don't have to use the pockets, belt loops, etc to tack the quilt down but I think it gives it a one of a kind look. I will warn you now, in the process of making this quilt, you will get lots of denim threads everywhere. Also, after you're finished with this project, please clean your machine as it will create a lot of lint and threads from the fabric.Let's get started.
Step 1: Supplies:
Denim scraps and fabric at least 4" wide. From cut up jeans and/or clothing: pockets, tags, belt loops or any interesting things on the items. Ruler. Marking Pen. Scissors. Straight Pins. Sewing machine or Serger. You will need a size 16 or denim needle for this project for your sewing machine.
Lining for backside of quilt: A word about this...You can use an old sheet. I have done that here for contrast. It needs to be a lightweight fabric, as this quilt will get heavier the larger you make it. Also remember, someone will probably wash this quilt at some time. The denim strips will probably bleed/run into the backside. Keep this in mind when you decide what to use. A dark blue lightweight fabric would be perfect. Or, do a quick tie-dye to an old white or blue sheet.
Iron. I can't stress enough how important pressing your sewn pieces are to the finished item look, no matter what you're making. The difference in appearance is a professional look as opposed to an amateurish made quilt. I like to press all pieces in one direction when I can.
Step 2: Hint:
If your sewing machine isn't marked, you can stick tape one-half of an inch from the needle. All seams are one-half inch.
Cut into 4" wide strips. The length doesn't matter, which is a nice part of making this quilt. Keep cutting strips, till you get tired of cutting and start sewing cut pieces together across short ends. If you don't have the luxury of a Serger and you're using a sewing machine, I would double stitch each piece...it's not necessary but will make the seams stronger and less likely to unravel. Keep cutting and sewing strips together. If you run into a spot with a small hole, you can still use it, if it's in the center of the strip. You can cover it with a pocket. Press seams flat. These strips are easier to handle if you roll them up into bundles.
Decide the size you want your finished quilt to be. The 'width' needs to be able to be divided by 3...(4" wide strips minus one-half inches sewn on each side=3"). Roll out the 'length' you decided and cut off the roll. Keep cutting off the rolls till you get enough long pieces for your finished quilt. You might have to go back and cut, stitch and press more strips. Arrange the strips till you're happy with how they look. Stitch these together and press. Measure the finished front and cut a piece of your lining/backside this size. Lay together front sides facing. Stitch all 4 sides leaving an opening for turning. Turn right side out and hand stitch opening closed.Press.
Lay out, pin and stitch either by hand or machine, pockets, belt loops, tags, etc. tacking the front to the back/lining. This keeps the front and back from shifting. If you like how your quilt now looks, you don't have to add the pockets, etc. but I like the uniqueness of it. Roll the quilt in at the side if you're having trouble with it fitting under your machine.I situated one of the pockets near what I decided was the top, making it a useful part of the quilt.
If you have any question, please ask. I've entered this in the quilt contest and if you liked it, shoot me a vote.