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 March 27, 2013).
Above, Row 1, L-R: Easiest Denim Quilt Tutorial by Joyful Mom of Many (this link is for part 1; part 2 can be found here). Blue Jeans Quilt, free pattern by Leah Anderson at All People Quilt; you can print the 5-page pattern without registering (alternatively, register your email to download the .pdf). Row 2, L-R: Denim/stained glass quilt by Alicia Wells at Lucy’s Quilts* (we blogged about her quilts here). Simply Denim Quilt by Ashlee, based on the popular Simply Denim Quilt tutorial by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting at Piece N Quilt. Row 3, L-R: Make your Old Jeans Into a Quilt! Tutorial at Instructables. Denim Picnic Blanket quilt-along at Little Birdie Secrets (we like the Gee's Bend-like appearance of these two "work quilts"!)
Faux Cathedral Windows from Denim Jeans
Faux Cathedral Windows is a quilt-as-you-go technique that is perfect for turning old jeans into quilts. Above, Row 1, Left: Tutorial by Doreen Baros at equilters; background description by Doreen Baros at Sew Artfully Minded. Right: Circle Jeans Quilt by K.M. Gabrysch as seen at Picasa Web Albums. Row 2, L-R: Denim circle/square quilt by Lori Poyer at Poyer's Page (we blogged about her quilt here); Circle Jeans Quilt by Jessica Levitt at Juicy Bits. Row 3, L-R: Denim circle pillow tutorial by Heather at A Passionate Quilter; Denim Circle Quilt by Cathy Sews at Burda Style. The faux cathedral windows technique is also called circular patchwork, folded cottage windows, mock cathedral windows and cheater cathedral windows (follow the links for more inspiration).
Modern Denim Quilt Tutorial by Missy at So You Think You're Crafty
Denim Picnic Blanket Tutorial at Reading, Feeding and Greening
(mini-tut) Denim Quilt at iCandy Handmade
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 interesting 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.
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.
Budget-Friendly denim quilt (log cabin), 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."
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 !)
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 !
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*Anyone who would like the pattern for Alicia Wells' denim/stained glass quilts should contact her; she has offered to provide it to interested quilters. Her blog is http://lucysquilts.blogspot.com and her email is on her blogger profile: http://www.blogger.com/profile/01450458967223521985