Scrappy Jean Quilt for Upcycling Jeans!

Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Decor, Home | 39 comments

Scrappy Jean quilt

What does one do with old jeans? Well, make a Scrappy Jean Quilt! Outdated, out-grown, and worn-out  jeans are perfect to recycle or upcycle into a wonderful quilt. Lots of variation in the blue jean shades adds texture and interest to the look of the quilt.

As I found jeans that would work, I just cut the squares and set them aside. When I felt I had enough for a lap quilt, I went to work putting them together. What I really liked about this quilt is there is no backing and no binding! Once you sew them together, cut and wash it,  it is done!


Step 1

First, I cut the large 9 inch squares. The others are 5  1/2 inch squares. For every large square, you’ll need 4 small squares. My lap quilt is 7 x 9 completed squares. Out of the smaller pieces, cut the 5 1/2 inch squares.

Step 2

After cutting, sew the 5 1/2 inch squares together to form a 9 inch square. Use a 1 inch seam allowance with wrong sides together! Remember, the seams are to the front side! This will look awful at first!

Scrappy Jean Quilt

Step 3

Start putting the plain squares and 4-square blocks together.

Start with a plain block and then add a 4 square block alternating as you go. The next strip starts with a 4 square block and then a plain one. This way, they will fit together.

Scrappy Jean Quilt

The picture of the Jean Quilt  backside shows the pattern well.

Scrappy Jean Quilt


Step 4

When the quilt is the size you want, sew a 1 inch seam allowance all around the outside edges to finish it off.

Step 5

Now, start fringing the seam allowances every half-inch or so. Be careful not to cut the seam itself. You need a really good, sharp scissor for this!

The “scrappy” comes from the seam allowances being cut and fringed on the front side. You may choose between little cuts or bigger cuts. (It is to your liking). After you wash it, the seam allowances get “scrappy” looking as they ravel.  I recommend going to a laundromat to do the washing so your machine doesn’t get filled with threads!

Wash and dry a couple of times. Each time, the Jean Quilt fringe gets better and better.

Scrappy Jean Quilt


This is a perfect Jean Quilt to make for a teenage boy or girl!


Scrappy Jean Quilt

What I like about this project is that you can do a little at a time as you find the jeans  and then piece the whole thing together! It is also indestructible! You can’t destroy this! It lasts forever!





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  1. you make it sound and look so easy….I am still nervous but I love the way yours turned out!

    • Thank you! It is easy; just the cutting is the long part!

  2. This is such a great idea for old jeans and darling to boot!

    CONGRATS – because we’ve featured you on Simply BeBetsy Friday Features #2 – if you want to link back to the post – we would totally love it! See you again soon and thanks for joining us on Simply BeBetsy – we are having a great time working with all of our new blogging friends.

    The best to you,
    Sharon and Denise ♥

  3. What a great idea to up-cycle old jeans, and it is great for kids and teens. I have so many jeans I could use that I don’t wear anymore. Great idea! Thanks for sharing your creative jean quilt with us at Sunday’s Best!

  4. Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  5. Hello, you’ve been featured over at Check out the post…

  6. Completely fantastic! Thank you for sharing! You are one of the fan favorites this week at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week’s showcase so you can check out your feature. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  7. Hi Phyllis! Your Scrappy Jean Quilt has been featured on Thank Goodness It’s Thursday. I hope you’ll stop by to grab a button and link up again.

  8. Your scrappy jean quilt is the coolest! It’s the best quilt ever! I love that it can be washed and gets better over time.


    • Wow! Thank you for your kind words!

  9. This is beautiful! What a great way to reuse old jeans! Thanks for sharing it at Sewlicious Home Decor this week!

  10. This is so cool and with four daughters I sure have lots of old jeans.

    • You have a constant supply!

  11. What a fun quilt, but I’m intimidated by sewing denim. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

    • Don’t be intimidated! Denim is easy to sew and you have no backing or binding! Try it!

  12. I finished my first jean quilt a few months ago. It wasn’t very pretty, but it sure is warm. I’ll never throw out old jeans.

    • They are very warm!

  13. I’ve been saving old jeans for along time to make a quilt, but i never saw one like this before! I love that it’s so unique! Thanks for sharing!

    • I believe it is the alternating squares that makes it interesting! Thanks for your nice comment!

  14. Love the jean quilt.What a great way to recycle those jeans. Great idea.
    Have a great week,

  15. This recycled jean quilt is wonderful! I hope you’ve shared it with Susan’s new “Jeans Projects” link-up @ Between Naps on the Porch. Enjoy your new quilt! 🙂

    • Thanks for the info and I’ll do that! Appreciate you letting me know! Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Such a cool denim quilt! I’m always looking for projects to recycle old jeans. Great idea!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  17. I love making rag quilts and never thought of using my old pair of jeans! Thanks for sharing at Create it or Bake it, My linky party has now changed to Happiness is Homemade from Sunday -Thursday would love for you to come back and share

  18. Thank you for linking at Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!!! You have been Pinned!

  19. I love how you used different sizes of squares, that’s cool. It looks fabulous and I’m sure its warm.

  20. I’ve seen these and have always wanted to know how to make one. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  21. I love this, will definitely be having a go

  22. Hi Phyllis, I saw your pretty quilt over a the Your Great Idea Link Party. I love it and what a great way to give old jeans a new life!

  23. Great idea. Think I will try it. Thank you!!

  24. love this my grandmother would save old blue jeans and make throw rugs as well.
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  25. I love your quilt. I’ve been wanting to make one of these for at least a couple of years and still haven’t gotten around to doing it.

    • Just start cutting a little at a time. Soon you’ll have enough to make it! It doesn’t take long to put it together!

  26. Great idea! I will have to remember that. I have made bags from old jeans but not quilts. I will pin this so I remember to try it out with all the jeans I have saved.

    • Start cutting! Have fun!

  27. great tutorial! And love it’s from jeans!

    • Thanks! I like that it is so easy!

  28. This is great! I am all about upcycling! I just need to learn how to sew!!! Thanks!


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