Update-Blue Jeans and Flannel Shirts Quilt

I have decided to try to work on this quilt every couple of days.  The prep work is quite labor intensive:IMG_1203

After cutting the jeans apart and separating the fronts of the legs from the backs, the circle needs to be traced – Here we are traced.  Then:IMG_1204

They are cut out.  Here are the backs with the sewing lines traced on them.IMG_1205

These are the fronts of the same pieces.  I really like the contrast between different parts of the same pair of pants as well as different pants.IMG_1206

Scraps…any ideas what I can do with these??IMG_1195

More scraps.  These are actually the hems and seams from the pants.  I know may things can be made from the selvages of fabric – I wonder if these can be used the same way, or if they are too thick.  In any case, I am enjoying (& getting a little bored) cutting these out, but I am itching to get sewing.  First though, I need to cut out the fabric and batting to go in the middles.  Hopefully I’ll get to that soon!

Blue Jeans and Flannel Shirts

Because we have 5 kids we have lots of outgrown jeans.  A long time ago I found a pattern online on a blog called “Blue Jeans and Flannel Shirts” (it has since disappeared).  I started a quilt with the jeans and instead of flannel, I started using fabric with dog themes on them.


Jeans quilt.

This is what it looks like right now.  I just have a small piece done.


Dog print centers.

I decided that I wanted this quilt to have only dog fabric as the centers.IMG_1143

I have been collecting fat quarters and little bits of dog motif fabric for quite awhile now.IMG_1145

The top green one is my favorite right now.  Today I worked on prepping old jeans so that I can cut out the circles.


15 pairs of old jeans with the tops cut off.

The first step is to cut off the legs.  These are all of the legs.



These are the tops of the jeans.  I really like this one that is on the top of the pile.  I am thinking I might turn it into a little purse.


Getting rid of the seams.

After the legs are cut off, all the seams and hems need to be cut away.


11 pairs of pants ready to be cut.

I worked for about an hour and a half and finished cutting off the hems and seams of 11 pairs of jeans.  These are ready for the circle to be cut.  I am slowly cleaning out my cabinets and rediscovering half-finished projects – I am planning to slowly work my way through each of them.