How to Make a Patchwork Denim Quilt

    by Karen Ellis

    About the Author

    Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.


    To create an attractive patchwork denim quilt, use different shades of blue denim to inject a variety of colors and textures into the quilt. Using a simple patchwork pattern often shows off the different blue tones in the quilt pattern. By saving outgrown, out-of-style or worn-out blue jeans, it's possible to use them to make an economical quilt with a shabby-chic flair.

    Things You'll Need

    • Poster board
    • Ruler
    • Scissors
    • Denim
    • Fabric marker
    • Sewing machine
    • Cotton fabric
    • Batting
    • Large safety pins
    • Ready-made double-fold quilt binding (7/8-inch)
    • Straight pins

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    Make a 6.5-inch square template out of poster board.

    Trace around the template onto the denim using the fabric marker. Cut out the denim squares.

    Choose two denim squares at random to ensure that you place two different tones next to each other. Place the squares together with right sides facing, matching edges and corners precisely. Sew the squares together along one edge using a 1/4-inch seam. Open out the joined squares. Add another square to the last one with right sides facing, lining it up carefully. Join this square to the other two to make a row of three squares. Continue adding squares in this manner until the row of squares is the width you desire for your quilt.

    Sew another row of denim squares using the same process, making this row of squares the same length as the first row. Continue sewing rows of squares until you have enough rows to make the quilt the size you desire.

    Press all seams in every row of squares to the right. Do not press seams open as you would when sewing a garment.

    Sew one row of squares to another row, matching the seams of each square precisely. Use a 1/4-inch seam allowance as you stitch the rows of squares together. Continue adding additional rows using the same process until you finish sewing all the rows of squares together.

    Press the seams of the rows to the right so every seam of every row faces the right.

    Cut the quilt backing from a coordinating cotton fabric. It should be about 1 to 2 inches larger than your denim quilt top to allow for any pulling during the quilting process. Trim the quilt backing later to the correct size, if necessary.

    Construct the layers of the quilt. Place the backing fabric wrong side up on a large work area. Place the batting over backing fabric, making sure the edges and corners align. Place the quilt top over the batting with the right side facing up. Baste the quilt by placing large safety pins about 6 inches apart throughout the quilt, inserting the pins through all three layers. Start in the middle of the quilt and work out to the edges.

    Hand or machine quilt the three pieces together. Trim the backing fabric and batting to match the edges of the quilt top. Remove the safety pins.

    Position the center fold of the ready-made binding along the edge of the quilt. As you position the binding, one half of the binding will wrap around to the front of the quilt and the other half will wrap around to the back of the quilt to encase the raw edges of the quilt. Pin the binding into place carefully around the entire quilt edge, folding it carefully at each corner. Fold under the two ends to conceal the raw ends of the binding. Stitch the binding in place around the edges of the quilt, ensuring the stitches catch both the top and bottom halves of the binding.

    • The squares of denim may be cut larger or smaller, as desired.
    • You might intersperse the denim squares with alternate colors of fabric. Ensure the weight and thickness of the of the fabrics are similar.

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