Recently, I have been inspired by the many creative items that can be made from denim on Pinterest. Since my husband and I enjoy the outdoors and picnics, I decided to put together my own picnic quilt using denim donated to me by friends and family.
For this project I used 4 pairs of old and worn out jeans (2 were male size 34/36 and 2 female sizes 8). I first cut the seams, loops, zipper, waistband, and pockets off of them to use for future projects except for four pockets that I reserved for the picnic quilt.
All together, I ended up with seventy 6-inch squares. After examining the pockets I cut out of the jeans, I decided to use the front four for the quilt because of their size. I did not want the pockets to be bigger than the squares, so they were a perfect size. The others have been put away for another day.
I then arranged the squares in a 7x7 square quilt top. I started in the center with a dark piece of denim and then went around it, going lighter as I reached to the outside. I then placed the four pockets in the assemblage, a pocket for each corner. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I sewed each row together on the sewing machine using a heavy duty needle. Then, I sewed the rows together to form the top of the quilt.
I have a confession to make. I am a gadget junkie. In fact, I’m obsessed with my iPad and use it for everything. I honestly do not know how I managed to live so long without one, and then I remember the price tag on it. While I was working on the picnic quilt, I used an app called Scrap Note (costs $4.99 in the iTunes store; the free version has limited scrapbooks you can make and works great if you just want to try it out). With this app, I was able to keep track of all the websites and pictures that inspired this project. If you have Scrap Note, feel free to download my 9-page Picnic Quilt Scrap Note (click on the link above or the picture to the left, which will take you to the file in my Drop Box; click “Download” and then click to open in Scrap Note). It includes notes on cutting denim, tips on sewing denim, and other ideas for using denim in sewing projects. It is such a great app to organize projects, I will be using it again in the future.