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Blue Jeans Quilt

Recycle your old blue jeans into an easy, pieced throw.


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Designer: Leah Anderson
Photographs: Greg Scheidemann

9 pairs of jeans (blocks)
2/3 yard hot pink batik (binding)
3-3/4 yards backing fabric
66x76-inch batting
Yarn: bulky-weight fuchsia, worsted-weight hot pink and silver metallic

Finished quilt: 60-1/2x70-1/2 inches

Finished blocks: 10 inches square; 10x20-inch rectangle

Unless otherwise specified, quantities are for 44/45-inch-wide, 100% cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

All jeans are not created equal; therefore, jeans in different sizes will yield different amounts of denim. Although the number of jeans you use will depend on their sizes, the nine pairs called for in the materials list should yield enough denim and color variations to make an eye-catching throw. To add the most contrast to the quilt top, be sure to include a variety of washes in the finished blocks.