Thursday, July 9, 2009

A year in the making....

For the past year, I have been collecting the old jeans of my kids and hubby to make a denim qulit. I decided to use them to make my first rag quilt. I need a throw quilt for my camper and this was a cheap and easy way to get one!


I took all those old jeans and also a flat flannel sheet for the backing and used a pattern from a cereal box to cut them all into 7.25 x 7.25 squares intending to use the .25 as the seam allowance.

Then I took a denium square and a flannel square (wrong sides facing together) and sewed them to another set of denium/flannel squares so that the raw seam was facing forward. This seam will fray giving the quilt a "rag" look. I didn't line the quilt as denium and flannel are pretty heavy to begin with, and I think it will suit my purpose with no other liner.


This will make the back of the quilt look like this...



While the front of the quilt will have fraying from the seam allowance facing forward.

After you get it all sewed together, you sew a seam around the perimeter of the quilt leaving a 1/4 seam allowance so it will also fray.

Next you go around, and make a small clip on all your seam allowances to help with the fraying process. This takes FOREVER, but it is well worth it.

Wash and dry to help it fray.


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7 comments:

Jillene said...

Wow Tonya--it looks AMAZING!! I really wish I could sew but alas I am all things sewing illiterate!!

Samkay said...

omg, that is awesome!!! :)

Kristen, The Pajama Mama said...

love that! so perfect for a chilly football game!

thanks for the cloth diapering encouragement!

Kara said...

I don't think I've ever seen a rag quilt made of denim. I love it!

Cynthia said...

Very cool! I really like the way you did the backing- clever!

Terry said...

I love your quilt - something you'll be able to use for years to come!

Esther said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your denim raggy quilt. Aren't raggy quilts great? So easy to make. We all have one.