A few years ago I made a quilt using an old, ragged sleeping bag and several pairs of old jeans. My daughter cut the jeans up into rectangles. (12” x 14”) She kept some pockets and labels and removed others to give the quilt some texture and interest.
I sewed them together on my machine using a large needle. This is necessary to avoid damaging the tension of the machine. (Very costly to have it fixed!)
Next, I used a brushed cotton sheet for the backing. Placing the denim patchwork and the sheet right sides together, I sewed three sides together part of the fourth side. I turned the fabric to the right side, pressed it and put the sleeping bag inside. This is like putting a duvet into a duvet cover.
Once it was straight and smooth, I pinned it in several places. This is best done on the floor. I hand stitched the opening.
Finally, I used crewel yarn to stitch through the layers at intervals to form the quilting. Stitch through all the layers as straight as you can, then tie a knot and a little bow on the brushed cotton side of the quilt.
This quilt is very warm and cosy. It works well as a day-time bed cover or a throw for watching TV. The denim makes it very heavy to sleep under. I am currently making another one out of old shirts and other clothing. Watch this space.