DIY Denim Rag Quilt


Don’t you just love to recycle old pairs of jeans? The great thing about denim is that it is a very resistant material and it doesn’t get damaged easily with time. So an old pair of jeans can always be a great supply for a DIY project. If you have more than just one pair of jeans, then you can make this great rug, using the patchwork technique. In case you do not own that many old pairs of jeans, just go to a yard sale and purchase some. Don’t worry if the jeans are not the same color, the more colorful the rug will be the better. Start cutting small squares out of each pair of jeans and place them next to each other. Before you start, measure a rug you already have and make this jeans rug the same size. When you have lots of squares, enough to make a rug, sew them together using a sewing machine. Use neutral colored thread. You will also need a large material to use as the back of the rug. Secure it to the back of the denim rug and that’s all. You bedroom will look hip and trendy with this stylish jeans rug. Read all details in the link below..





Denim Rag Quilt – Instructions

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29 Responses to “DIY Denim Rag Quilt”

  1. Donalda says:

    Fabric….not material…FABRIC…..why do you call it a rug…in the poorly written directions?

  2. susan says:

    love this idea and so easy……love the “material” used.

  3. Juanita says:

    So this is why I’ve been saving all the old jeans!! Definitely making one of these.

  4. Pixie says:

    Fabric is a type of material. /:

  5. Janice says:

    I love this and I would call it a denim quilt or blanket probably but still I just love it!! I definitely want to make one now.

  6. Mistie says:

    Donalda is correct, it is fabric and should called fabric, not material when talking specifically about what is being used to sew with. While fabric is always a material, material is not always a fabric. Material could be referring to any object, wood is a material, so is steel.

    Example 1. ma·te·ri·al
    the matter from which a thing is or can be made.
    “goats can eat more or less any plant material”
    synonyms: matter, substance, stuff, medium
    “the decomposition of organic material”
    things needed for an activity.
    “cleaning materials”
    synonyms: constituent, raw material, element, component More
    a person of a specified quality or suitability.
    “he’s not really Olympic material”
    facts, information, or ideas for use in creating a book or other work.
    “there is much good material here for priests to use in sermons”
    synonyms: information, data, facts, facts and figures, statistics, evidence, details, particulars, background, notes; More
    items, especially songs or jokes, comprising a performer’s act.
    “a band playing original material”
    cloth or fabric.
    “a piece of dark material”
    synonyms: fabric, cloth, textiles
    “curtain material”
    adjective: material
    denoting or consisting of physical objects rather than the mind or spirit.
    “the material world”
    synonyms: physical, corporeal, tangible, nonspiritual, mundane, worldly, earthly, secular, temporal, concrete, real, solid, substantial
    “the material world”
    antonyms: spiritual, abstract
    concerned with physical needs or desires.
    “material living standards have risen”
    synonyms: sensual, physical, carnal, corporal, fleshly, bodily, creature
    “she was too fond of material comforts”
    concerned with the matter of reasoning, not its form.
    “political conflict lacks mathematical or material certitude”
    important; essential; relevant.
    “the insects did not do any material damage to the crop”
    synonyms: significant, major, important
    “the storms caused material damage”

    Example 2. fab·ric
    noun: fabric; plural noun: fabrics
    cloth, typically produced by weaving or knitting textile fibers.
    “heavy silk fabric”
    synonyms: cloth, material, textile, tissue
    “the finest silk fabric”
    the walls, floor, and roof of a building.
    synonyms: structure, infrastructure, framework, frame, form, composition, construction, foundations, warp and woof
    “the fabric of society”
    the body of a car or aircraft.
    the essential structure of anything, especially a society or culture.
    “the fabric of society”

    late 15th century: from French fabrique, from Latin fabrica ‘something skillfully produced,’ from faber ‘worker in metal, stone, etc.’ The word originally denoted a building, later a machine or appliance, the general sense being ‘something made,’ hence sense 1 (mid 18th century, originally denoting any manufactured material). Sense 2 dates from the mid 17th century.

    And yes, it is called a quilt.. a rag quilt. It is named a rag quilt because of the ragging of the exposed edges. This differentiates it from a regular denim quilt, which would have finished edges. 🙂

  7. Lora says:

    I’ve made a twin bed sized one in the past. It is super warm! It is a cute/neat use of material. It was asking A LOT of my regular sewing maching….I wondered if it could finish without a breakdown. IMHO…Having been there/done that, I would recommend using it as a rug/floor covering. The end product is extremely heavy and nearly too bulky for a standard washing machine (my twin size project) and line drying took forever. MAYBE you could make a bed spread in smaller finished pieces that connected with large deco buttons….could be unbottoned and washed 1/2 or 1/4 at a time…..

  8. Peggy says:

    Wow. I don’t think they definitions were necessary.

  9. dian says:

    the pockets on the pillow is a nice touch

  10. Dan says:

    Wow it took a lot of crazy to go through all of that trouble

  11. templarlady says:

    It has long been known that visiting The South is like visiting a different country……we don’t have dinner either….it’s supper…..our milk doesn’t spoil…It’s ruint….and we don’t care if anybody likes it or not.

  12. smallspaces says:

    I bet the person that posted this wishes they hadn’t. People gettin’ way too serious about proper word usage in here

  13. Carolyn says:

    Wow… people just dont get it… its instructions. My goodness who cares what you call it. We all know what the instructions mean.

  14. Mona says:

    Was it Abe Lincoln who said “You can please all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.” ? Thank you for taking the time
    to share your creation. You are probably not a professional seamstress or writer, just a nice, creative person. Don’t take to heart any criticism leveled at you in a less-than-kind way, especially on a public forum. Shrug it off and keep on enjoying the fruits of your labor!
    –From a friendly Iowan who would welcome you up North anytime!

  15. Nik says:

    I made one of these 16 years ago for my daughter out of her old jeans on one side, my old t-shirts on the other and 1 inch batting. It ended up being 110 by 90 inches and weights 54 pounds. It is also very warm so I would not use the batting in the next one I would do and since I live in upper Wisconsin where temps in the winter are -10 to -30, that is saying a lot.

  16. Grant says:

    I’ve heard a lot of older, say, more scholarly people refer to heavy blankets/quilts as rugs.

  17. Cher says:

    Yes I liked this as I made one in 1979. I still have it.
    I made dozens of things with blue jeans…. lol

  18. Gma says:

    Wow..and nobody used the term textile? is a very cute quilt and prob has good weight to it, and warm ~ great idea!

  19. robin says:

    Thank you for the wonderful instructions on making this quilt. I can’t wait to pull out my old blue jeans and start cutting my material. 🙂 Thank you again for sharing.

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