Denim Rag Quilt Tutorial


This Denim Rag Quilt Tutorial shows you how to create a fabulous denim quilt that will help you reuse old jeans and pillowcases. You do not need to be an accurate sewer for this quilt, which is perfect for any age or gender. This denim quilt is durable, so it could easily double as a picnic rug. If you're trying to decide what to do with old jeans, you'll love this easy, upcycled project, which adds a cozy, personal touch to any bedroom or guest room.

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Time to CompleteWeekend project

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What is a Rag Quilt?

You may think that a rag quilt gets its name from being made out of rags, but that's really not the truth. It's actually made from a different technique than regular quilt patterns that's called quilt-as-you-go. Each block in a rag quilt is made out of three layers: the top, the batting, and the backing. These layers are sewn together in a sort of fabric sandwich to make the quilt. 

If you're a beginner at quilting, a rag quilt is the best project to start with! You can learn and practice basic skills like rotary cutting and precision piecing on these quilt patterns. You will not have to worry about binding, which makes these quilts much easier to make and much quicker. The actual quilting technique is done on individual squares rather than on the whole quilt, which is an added bonus. You can make a rag quilt out of many types of fabrics, even denim like the quilt pattern above.

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A quilt as you go rag quilt made out of old denim jeans cut fabric parts. Great for beginning quilters as the top, batting (any thin filling can be used, even pillow case fabric, old sheets or flannel for more warmth if desired) and backing are sewn as you go. The frayed edges add to the charm of this quilt. Perfect for a teen bedroom.

I love the technique used for this Denim Rag Quilt. Perfect for a casual denim look. Our teenage son took one look at the pic and decided he absolutely must have one for his room. We do have some old denim but not enough so he is now doing the rounds of friends and family trying to rustle up some more fabric, lol!

I have a closet full of jeans waiting for this project but I've always been afraid to start because I'm afraid the fabric will be too thick and tough. I've sewn a little but always with broadcloth fabric. Are there any secrets to this?

So cute to put on a bed. I have never tried to quilt before. I have wanted to but it looked very time consuming. This denim rag quilt tutorial is very good.I love that you upcycle denim jeans and pillowcases to keep cost down and I have a lot laying around the house. This rag Quilt will look great in any room and I know a lot of people would love to get one as a gift. It is time I tried this and made one. How about you?


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