Make a rag quilt from circles of denim fabric for a unique home decor accessory that you can drape over the living room sofa or display on a hanger on the wall. You can make the quilt from new denim fabric or scour the back of your closet for old jeans and denim shirts that you have not worn in years. Make a simple blue denim rag quilt or bring a little bit of contrast color to the accessory, and use denim in different colors or shades to make the quilt's circles.
Things You'll Need
- 3 yards denim fabric
- Chalk or fabric marker
- Sewing needle
- 3 yards lining fabric
- Single-fold, denim bias binding tape
- Sewing pins
Lay the denim fabric or clothing on your working surface and draw 15 circles that are each about 8 inches in diameter. Cut out the circles. Cut another 60 circles from the denim fabric. Make each circle about 4 inches in diameter.
Arrange the circles into a pattern for the quilt. Place two small circles at the top left corner of your working surface, with the edges slightly overlapping each other. Place two small circles underneath, overlapping each other and the circles above. Place one large circle to the right of the four circles, overlapping the edge. Repeat this pattern again, and then complete the row with another four small circles.
Alternate the pattern for the first row and the second row all the way down until you have used all of the circles.
Sew a straight stitch through the edges of each circle to join the circles together.
Cut straight edges for each side of the quilt. Draw a straight line about 3/4-inch inward from each edge and cut off the excess fabric beyond the line.
Measure the length and width of the quilt. Cut a piece of lining fabric according to these measurements. Place the lining fabric on top of the wrong side of the quilt, and sew around the edges to join the layers together.
Cut four pieces of single-fold, denim bias binding tape. Cut two pieces to the length and two to the width.
Slip one side of the quilt in between the tape's fold and pin it in place. Repeat for the remaining three sides. Sew the denim binding tape to the quilt with a straight stitch through all layers of the quilt.
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