Denim quilt for our family picnics

Denim quilt using clothing

A denim quilt with a lot of memories

I have been hoarding my jeans for more than 10 years, adding more, in the hope of making someday my denim quilt. Finally last year in spring I guess I had enough pieces to make a whole picnic quilt out of clothing fabrics.

denim quilt using clothing

I have used almost 10-12 pairs of jeans, pajamas, old shirts, men’s underwear, other types of trousers and our beautiful memories of using all these clothes. Our comings, our goings, in different countries, in different lives.

Quilt process

Preparation: Finally these clothes came out of the box…[my box of (s)crap I call it, with types of fabrics that are not quilting cottons or that are there for other unknown reasons]. They were washed, cut, carefully ironed and at last cut in 6 inch squares.

Denim quilt using clothing

Assemblage: I randomly sew together the squares, making sure to have a certain finished size.

Quilting: I tried tying the quilt (again for the first time), as it was huge and heavy bulked in order to regularly quilt it. I used blue yarn and a knitting needle to penetrate through all those layers.

Quilt dimensions: 84 x 72 inches

Denim quilt using clothing
"YeaaaH! Mama finally finished our picnic quilt!"


As I said before  I used 10-12 pairs of jeans, pajamas, old shirts, men’s underwear, other types of trousers and some leftover scraps of heavy weight cottons.

Binding: An also heavy weight cotton fabric with red stripes. It gave the entire quilt true life. It is my favorite part from the whole quilt. I machine bound this one…of course!

Backing: And that backing!!! An old IKEA heavy-weight fabric, combined with some more denim fabrics.

Batting: no batting used. I didn’t use batting, as it was already super-heavy and bulky, and it was always meant to be used only as a picnic quilt. I hope I didn’t do this the wrong way.

Date made: March 2017 – 29.3.2018

Denim quilt using clothing
"And here you can see the back"
Denim quilt using clothing
denim quilt scraps
Just out of the (s)crap box
Denim quilt using clothing
Denim quilt using clothing
Close-up of quilt ties and binding

We photographed the quilt in a beautiful playground in a nearby village. And with the help of a couple of friends, and of Orestis, they were particularly satisfying. I expect more photos as we get to use this quilt quite often!

Thank you for reading, have a nice weekend, and don’t forget to stop by my Instagram account @zarkadia to keep track on what I’m doing and maybe say hi once in a while!

Linking to: Main Crush Monday, Finished or not Friday, Let’s bee social, Wednesday Wait Loss, Confessions of a fabric addict, Midweek makers, TGIFF (hosted by Lisa in Port Hope)

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19 thoughts on “Denim quilt for our family picnics

  1. I have been hoarding MY old jeans, too — in hopes that I can squeeze into them again someday! Hah! 🙂 Love your denim quilt. Great job. Backing and binding are perfect, too — this will make a fabulous and very sturdy picnic blanket.

  2. It’s great when you have a fun backing fabric that coordinates so well with the front of the quilt. This is a quilt anyone would enjoy using. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. WOW. i love this! I have a (s)crap box of my dh work jeans I have been collecting. The plan is to make a quilt as you go denim cathedral window. I’m thinking red bandana fabric or his old camo tshirt’s paired with the denim.

  4. This is a testament to the beauty which is found in simplicity. It’s wonderful that you are able to have these memories close to you throughout fun family activities in the summer. Thanks for linking to TGIFF!

  5. Such a great achievement, I know sewing denim can be very heavy. Your picnic quilt is already full of memories and you are sure to add many more each time you and the family use it.

  6. Lovely!!! I’ve saved some actually a lot of denim jeans in lots of colors to make a picnic quilt too. I haven’t set aside a time to do so but should now after seeing yours. It turned out just lovely!!

    • I am surely going to hoard some more jeans to make a half square triangle quilt out of jeans. This would be a challenge! Thank you for visiting Karen!

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