Recycled or re-purposed art and sewing projects are among my favorites. I saved my sons’ blue jeans for years, and finally got around to cutting squares from them. This weekend, I made a denim rug for my studio using these recycled jeans patches. I think of it as my Earth Day project for this year!
My Accu-Quilt machine helped a lot. I cut 24 squares, 5 inches square. If you don’t have the Accu-Quilt cutter, just use a ruler and rotary cutter to cut your squares. I tried to include details, such as patches and seams wherever possible.
I sewed my patches together so the raw edges are on top. Backed it with pre-washed flannel, and sewed around the top.
ETA: I used a heavy-duty needle, and poly/cotton thread (my normal JP coats thread).
A trip through the washer and dryer, and I have a fun new rug for my office with lots of yummy texture.
If you want to see how this same technique looks for a bed size quilt, check out my Facebook page – my buddy Lisa Ann posted her awesome quilt on my timeline.