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.

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Jeans quilt.

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

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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.

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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.

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Tops

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.

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Getting rid of the seams.

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

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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.