Well Loved

My seven year old loves blankets. He is buried or snuggled in one most of the time during the winter, and fall, and spring. I have to fold them and put them away during the summer and he has even been known to dig them out just to snuggle up. I have been wanting to sew each of my kids their own special quilt and I finally finished his. Most clothes that are grown out of around here end up at the thrift store. T-shirts that are too worn and/or stained get cut up into cleaning rags. I’ve always felt a little bit bad about jeans though. With a torn knee or a worn cuff they can’t be donated, but I didn’t want to throw them out either. So one day it came to me, make a strip quilt out of the decent pieces. I have to say that it turned out even better than I imagined. I absolutely love this quilt, and I hope he will too. The jeans were well worn so they are so soft, not stiff at all, perfect for snuggling up in. I used a thrifted sheet for the back. For the inside, I used the other half of that sheet (it had a few small tears and stains) and a large piece of flannel that had been given to me (I didn’t care for the print). It ends up being a nice sturdy weight and the grand cost was $1, for the sheet. Everything else I had, which makes this quilt all the more exciting to me. I really do love taking things that are no longer used or loved and turning them into beautiful things. So here we are, a well loved denim quilt for a well loved boy.

family, green, home, sewing, thrift store finds • Thursday, August 19th, 2010 • 23 Comments »
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23 Responses to “Well Loved”

  1. vanessa says:

    Wow! What a fantastic idea and what a totally gorgeous blanket! I love it to bits! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Sandie says:

    That’s beautifully done! I love it.

  3. Rattling On says:

    Love the way the different shades/wearing has turned out. Very boyish as well!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Thanks everybody! Now I get to have some more fun planning the next one.

  5. Well, that’s too lovely. I hate you.

  6. French Knots says:

    I bet he loves it, I made one out of jeans for my son and he snuggles under it a lot which pleases me no end.
    The different shades of blue look so good together.x

  7. That is REALLLLLY pretty Jennifer! I love the different colors of blue. I can’t bring myself to throw away torn jeans either. Years ago I made a teddy bear from old jeans for one of my boys. Then I made a couple for me and one for my niece.

    Also made some hot pads out of blue jeans. Now I want to make some placemats. I think I’ll use your strip idea.

  8. Ramona says:

    brilliant idea. found you through a google search for wrist warmers and your chocolate brown ones came up.
    nice to meet you.

  9. Anna, Sydney says:

    Hahahaha Coffee Lady! I know exacrly where you’re coming from.

    It looks like artwork. Seriously. That would do nicely on a wall in a fancy schmancy gallery. Very nice Jennifer.

  10. I cut up some old jeans into squares, then appliqued pink felt hearts on to some of the squares. I sewed them all together into a large square, which I then made into a large floor cushion for a teenage girl’s bedroom. (I got the large cushion cheap from a shop which was selling them as dog beds – I removed the dog-related cover, which I gave to a friend as a spare for her dog’s bed!!) Another thing you can do is to cut out squares round the back pockets, then sew them together to make a storage wallhanging.

  11. Lisha says:

    I love this idea of reusing old denim jeans. The denim is so soft and worn, a great blanket or floor rug for a baby, nice and sturdy. The different blues look fantastic too! Thanks for sharing.


  12. Elizabeth says:

    Your denim blanket looks fabulous – what a great idea for using up old jeans.

  13. Mousy Brown says:

    I love that Jennifer – it is so beautiful! I can’t believe how soft it looks – you are so clever ( and the cost makes it even moe exciting for me too!) xxx

  14. Hello I am a friend of Amanda at Amanda Makes and she told me to visit you! I love your upcycling! I make rag rugs from old clothes and eco friendly fat quarter bundles from washed and worn bedding. Please visit me!

  15. Emily says:

    Wow! I bet he loves it! I’m impressed that you made it so inexpensively with recycled material too. So creative.

  16. Agambroult says:

    Jennifer! This quilt is amazing. Nice going. I imagine your boy will treasure it for a lifetime. It reminds me of the “quilts of Gee’s Bend.” are you familiar with them?i have a feeling you would love them, if you don’t already.

  17. Glenna says:

    I am making one of these for my little boy for his birthday. His beloved granddaddy passed away in October and is greatly missed. I am making the blanket from jeans belonging to his grandfather, daddy, and him. Lots of love and memories to wrap around him. Thanks for the idea.

  18. Jennifer says:

    I love the strip quilt. Can you please tell me what dimensions to cut the strips?


  19. Susan says:

    I just love this strip quilt! Would you mind telling me what dimensions to cut the strips and the dimensions of your quilt?

    Thank you!!!!

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  21. Dawn says:

    How wide are the strips you cut for this quilt?

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