Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Free pattern day ! Denim quilts

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We have written five articles on quilts made from recycled blue jeans (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5).  While doing our research for that series, we came across dozens of free patterns for denim quilts... and selected some that are truly unique.  Sincere thanks to these creative quilters! (Note: this post was updated on January 22, 2016).

Ombre Denim Quilt Tutorial by Autumn at It's Always Autumn

Upcycled Denim Quilt tutorial at Andrea's Notebook

Easiest Denim Quilt tutorial by Joyful Mom of Many (this link is for part 1; part 2 can be found here)

Denim Pinwheel Quilt tutorial by Corinne at Purl Soho

Made with the Railroad Denim collection by Robert Kaufman Fabrics (2013), this quilt also would look perfect in upcycled fabrics.

Blue Jeans Quilt, free pattern by Leah Anderson at All People Quilt

Simply Denim Quilt by Ashlee, based on the Simply Denim Quilt tutorial by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting at Piece N Quilt

American Flag Denim Quilt Tutorial by Miranda at One Little Minute

Denim quilt at Kwiltnkats and Denim Quilt Tutorial at About.com

In Kwiltinkat's denim quilt, top, note the shading of the setting triangles in the bottom row; this gives the blocks a dimensional, tumbling-blocks-like appearance. The Kwiltinkats post is not a tutorial, but her block arrangement is the same as in the "Introduction to Denim Quilting" tutorial by Janet Wickell at About.com

Make your Old Jeans Into a Quilt! tutorial by C Schwick at Instructables

Denim Picnic Blanket tutorial at Little Birdie Secrets

Denim Picnic Blanket Tutorial at Reading, Feeding and Greening

Denim Quilt tutorial at iCandy Handmade

Upcycled quilt from denim and plaid clothing, tutorial at Marcias Crafty Sewing


This quilt was entered into the Pets on Quilts contest!

Denim rag quilt by Laura from Housewife in Town, guest blogger at This Crazy Blessed Life.

Denim quilt tutorial at Den Syende Himmel (in Norwegian and English)(see part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5)

Denim quilt at Den Syende Himmel

Budget-Friendly denim quilt, free project at Country Woman Craft

Denim Basket Weave Quilt by Sandra J. Loosemore at Frogs On Ice

In her post, Sandra J. Loosemore explains: "The main problem is that typical block-based quilt designs would result in seams that are too bulky at the points where the blocks meet. If you look closely at this design, you'll see that there is no block. The square pieces are connected with the longer strips in a continuous basket-weave pattern."

Zig Zag rag quilt, 72 x 72", free pattern by Linda Miller for Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Scrappy Jean quilt for upcycling jeans, a tutorial at Grandparents Plus

This is a patchwork coverlet; there is no backing, batting or binding.

I Spy quilt, patchwork with denim backing, tutorial at Sugar Bee Crafts

Holes in your Clothes Block by Kate Perri, free pattern at Craftside

This clever block by Kate Perri is from the book Quilt Blocks and Quilts from your Favorite Fabrics: Recycling Fabrics as you Learn to Quilt. This is perfect for recycling denim jeans and shirts. We love the fact that seams of the jeans are included.

Levi Quilt by Ilene at the Tuesday Quilt Club based on the 10-Minute Blocks video tutorial by Suzanne McNeill 

Here is the 10-Minute Blocks video tutorial by Suzanne McNeill (the block takes 10 minutes, the video takes only 3 !)

Faux Cathedral Windows tutorial by Doreen Baros at equilters; background description by Doreen Baros at Sew Artfully Minded

Faux Cathedral Windows is an easy quilt-as-you-go technique that is perfect for turning old jeans into quilts.  The technique is also called circular patchwork, folded cottage windows, mock cathedral windows and cheater cathedral windows.  Here are some examples...

Circle Jeans Quilt by Jessica Levitt at Juicy Bits, inspired by the tutorial by Doreen Baros

Circle Jeans Quilt by K.M. Gabrysch as seen at Picasa Web Albums

Denim circle pillow tutorial by Heather at A Passionate Quilter

Denim and lace cathedral windows bag by Ulla Niemela at Ulla's Quilt World (inspiration only), inspired by the tutorial at A Passionate Quilter

Cheater cathedral windows quilt tutorial at OCD: Obsessive Crafting Disorder

How to make a Jeans Pocket Cushion, tutorial at Threading My Way

Denim Jeans Christmas Stockings Tutorial by Lynn at Nebraska Views

These Christmas stockings are so clever that we couldn't resist adding them to this post !  For more denim quilt inspiration, please check out our Recycled Clothing Projects board at Pinterest !

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  1. You are the best! Thanks so much for all this denim love:

  2. Thank you for sharing, you ended a dillema I was having over my denim!!!

  3. Thanks for featuring my American Flag quilt! These are all such great ideas for what to do with that old denim!

  4. Thanks for the great denim inspiration. I'm blogging about upcycling jeans today, and gave your site a shout-out. Thanks! http://fabricsalad.com/?p=409

  5. Lovely inspirations on your site and thanks for sharing it with us

  6. Love the denim ideas! Featured the post on my blog at http://whittskitsfabricscrafts.blogspot.com/2013/03/find-it-for-free-on-friday-5-free-quilt.html

  7. Love those denim jean Christmas socks, very cool

  8. so many ideas where to start

  9. Denim is my favorite BLUE....love it ! :-)

  10. Fantastic projects here. xxxx

  11. Woowww... this is very cerative. I Like It
    Thanks For This Article

  12. Thanks for all info,now where to start lol...

  13. Wunderschöne Jeanswerke sind es ....eine tolle Inspiration! Danke

    LG Klaudia


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