How To Make A Denim Rag Quilt

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Questions and Answers

How do you use blue denim material to make blanket? I have several pair of jeans that are not in good enough condition to donate or send to a consignment shop. I’m looking for ideas for using the material in a craft project or any re-use idea for denim.

Posted by SandwichGeneration
[display_name id=”1″]You can use the material to make book covers, photo albums, etc., make quilts, curtains,
pillowcases, wrap around some picture frames, rag rugs. The possibilities are endless. Check out this web site. Type in Trash to Treasure for more ideas you can make.
What fabric is best to make a rag quilt?

Posted by Jeff
[display_name id=”1″]You can use just about any woven fabric to make a rag blanket. Fabrics such as flannel, denim or cotton would all work well as they all fray well, though differently. Knitted or double-knitted fabrics don’t work well because they don’t fray well. Take care when cutting toward the seam allowances that you don’t cut through your stitching, your project might unravel or fray unintentionally. Ask me how I know. Lol.
What seam allowance should I use to make a denim quilt?It’s NOT going to be a rag quilt, just a regular quilt made out of denim, with the seams inside and a backing, but do I need to use a seam allowance bigger than 1/4 inch because it is a thicker fabric? Also, can I actually machine stitch a denim quilt? All the ones I’ve seen online are tied, but I’d really like to stitch it. Thank you!!!

Posted by loveSEGA
[display_name id=”1″]For heavier fabrics, I make 1/2″ seams. You can go bigger if you want, just remain consistent. You can quilt denim, just use the right size needle. I use Schmetz Stepp-Nadal Quilting needles, size 14. You can also use the Schmetz Denim needle. Both are displayed with all the other sewing machine needles.Be sure to press the seams flat and in one direction, alternating the direction for each row.This helps the seams to nestle and stay on line.You may find the walking foot is best for straight stitching, daring/free motion foot for swirls and free-motion designs.An area that may give you a problem is where the seams intersect. When you came to this area with a regular presser foot or the walking foot, stop with the needle down into the fabric. Lift the presser foot and place a folded scrap under the back of the foot to keep it level. Lower the presser foot and continue to slowly stitch, adjusting the folded scrap as necessary.Before you start, make a small sample quilt to test the stitching techniques. This will save you al lot of frustration and time.

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