Finished quilt size 80"x100"
8-10 pairs of adult size jeans.
1 Fat Quarter for monogram.
1 Yard binding & monogram material.
Take your jeans and measure the skinniest part of the leg. usually somewhere between the knee and ankle.
Start at the bottom of the jeans and tear the material. (This is much kinder to your hands then trying to cut denim.)
Cut and tear all of your jeans the same width. Ours were 8" wide.
You should end up with a pile of strips. They should all be different lengths. The more random the better the final result.
You'll have a pile of scraps. Mostly pockets and seams.
Lay out your strips of denim.
Sew all of the strips together. Use 1/4" seam allowance and then press all seams OPEN. It is very important to press the seams open with this quilt as it will make it much easier for the machine quilter.
Add a monogram using our starch applique tutorial. Our circle is 18". The best template is a large serving bowl.
Now machine quilt, bind and enjoy.
*Kathleen and I came up with this idea about 10 years ago after I spent a whole summer cutting 6" squares for two denim quilt tops. By the end my hands had blisters and I was quite frustrated. Then I pieced the two tops together and it was very difficult to sew the intersections on my conventional machine. My dad was working construction at the time and always wearing out jeans. We had seen some strip quilts and decided that tearing the denim and having the intersections not line up would be much easier. I made the whole top in one day. Then took it to the long arm quilter. This quilt is still one of our families' favorite quilts.
This is one that one of our friends pieced using this tutorial.
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