Ok, I know, you’re thinking “eww, why would you want a jean quilt?” Well, I had a bunch of old ripped up jeans taking up room in my stash and thought they would make a nice durable outdoor quilt, perfect for summer picnics. I have lots of other cute quilts, but I feel guilty taking them outside, hence the jean quilt was born. This blanket is also great because it’s fairly heavy and thick, so you don’t feel all the pokies that you normally would out in the grass. Overall, I spent less than $17 on this quilt which I think is pretty darn good and it was quick to make.
A bunch of old pairs of jeans
Some quilt batting
About 4.5 yards of flannel for the back and binding
Step 1: Acquire a bunch of junky pairs of jeans. You can stock up on your own when they wear out, or you can pick some up at garage sales. We did a combo, we used some of our own and we picked up a couple at a rummage sale for $0.10 each. Cut off the hems and tops so you’re left with these flat pieces (you’ll get four flat pieces from each pair).
Cut out a bunch of 8″x8″ squares. We did 99 of them. You can make your squares any size you want and make your quilt as big or small as you want, but this size turned out perfectly for us. You can include pocket pieces in these if you so desire.
Step 2: Arrange them in a way that is pleasing to you, or do it randomly like I did. Sew them all together, making sure to iron your seams to the side.
When your whole top is put together, use a measuring tape to find the dimensions of your top. Measure in the middle both ways since it’s less likely to have stretched weirdly in the middle. Mine measured roughly 68″x83″.
Step 3: Now we’re going to cut our backing. I used flannel because it’s cheap (we got it for $2.79/yd), soft and fairly durable. My flannel was 44″ wide, so I cut two strips that were 68″ long and then cut them both to be 42″ long and then sewed them together so that they ended up being 68″x83″.
Step 4: We’re now going to layer our quilt pieces. Put your top right side down, then put on your batting and then your backing right side up. Trim off any excess. I found it helpful to put little weights around the quilt as I trimmed to help everything stay in place.
Step 5: It’s binding time. If you made your quilt to be the same size as mine, you’ll need over 300″ of binding (68+68+83+83=302) so you’ll need to cut 7 strips, each 2.5″ wide. If your quilt is a different size, add up how long the sides are and then sew together your strips until they are a little longer than that.
Step 6: We’re going to sew the binding on to the quilt now. Take your binding and lay it out on the edge of your quilt (which is right side up) so that the raw edges line up perfectly. Start sewing about 5″ away from the beginning of your binding strip. Sew with a 1/4″ seam.
Step 8: Fold the edge of the binding over the raw edge of the quilt on to the back and pin in place. Make sure that you’re pulling it over tightly, it should cover your basting stitch.
Step 9: There are a few different ways you can do the final seam, but here’s how I chose to do it. With your jean side up, you’re going to stitch in the ditch, which means right where your jeans and binding meet. This will hide your seam on the front. Make sure that you pull out the pins from the back as you go and that your stitch is catching the other side of the binding on the back.