If you can get access to good clean used jeans then there is an awesome amount of crafts you can make. These would also come under the terms "useable" arts and crafts. I have made many of these, and they are fun to make and also sell if you are looking for denim crafts to sell. You do not put any batting in these, they have enough weight to keep anyone warm.
I used black denim jeans in the quilt pictured.
Use Denim Sewing Machine Needles (or you will break regular ones) You do need a sewing machine and a denim needle for the machine which is a bit tougher for sewing through the thicker materials. You also need a good pair of sharp scissors and some back material, such as a nice soft flannel as I did in the above picture. You can make these any size, but the most common size I found for selling was 5 x 5 feet. This way you can find one piece of backing material that is 60 inches wide and will fit.
Create a template from heavy cardboard and make it 7 x 7 inches square (you will be allowing 1/2 inch for the seam allowance which makes this a 6 inches finished square).
I found it best to make these denim quilts in strips first. So sew together 10 squares making a long strip as pictured below. You will be keeping the seam allowance raw edge on the good side of the quilt.
There are four squares shown in the picture but to make a quilt 5 x 5 feet you will need to sew strips of 10 squares.
Once you have created 10 strips of 10 squares, you are ready to put it all together. Keep in mind that you are putting wrong sides together for your squares as the raw edge will be on the good side of the quilt when finished.
Start sewing the strips of denim squares together keeping the wrong sides together so that all the raw edges are on the "good" side. It will get bulky, so allow enough room around you to sew these strips together.
Once you have sewn all ten strips together side by side with the raw edges on the good side, then you are ready for the next step. This step can be a bit tedious but worth it in the end. If you could get some help with this step it would go much faster.
Take your sharp scissors and start making a fringe out of all the raw edges. Cut close to the seam but obviously be careful not to cut the sewing. The closer the fringe clips (1/8 of an inch) the more soft fringe will be produced. If you cut to far apart (1/4 to 1/2 inch) then you will end up with what I call "curly q's" which is ok if that is the look you want. I much prefer the soft fringe seams.
Now with right sides together sew the flannel backing onto the denim quilt using a 1/2 inch seam allowance around the square. Then create a fringed edge cutting through the denim and the flannel at the edges.
WASH and DRY - Put the entire blanket into the washing machine, and then the dryer. This will create the soft fringe, but make sure you clean out your filters on your machines from all the denim floss that will be created.
Now you are finished. You can use this same procedure to create different things, such as denim pillows.
You can use different shades of blue denim, or you could create a theme with the different coloured denims out there. I got a good supply of old denim jeans from my local thrift store. They bagged up the ones that were too far gone to resell as jeans, and I got tons of them!
You can either get the denim sewing machine needles or you could treat yourself to an upgrade in a sewing machine. This SINGER machine works well with heavy duty fabrics such as denim as pictured.
You can do all kinds of things with denim If you can get a good cheap supply of it. This book will give you more ideas besides the raggedy quilt. Check it out by clicking on the picture of the link. Have fun! This is upcycling at it's best!
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