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Recycle Old Jeans With These Dazzling Denim Quilt Patterns

Denim is known for being a rugged and durable fabric, making it ideal for jeans, jackets, tote bags and more. But have you ever considered quilting with denim? Whether you cut it from the bolt or repurpose old pairs of jeans, denim comes in many shades of blue and you can occasionally find it in other colors like black, pink or green. These gorgeous denim quilts will make you think differently about using jeans for patchwork and appliqué.

Check out these 7 denim quilts from Craftsy’s community of indie designers:

Denim Stars Quilt PatternPhoto via Craftsy member Quilted Sunshine

Denim Stars Quilt

Combine different shades of denim in diamond shapes to make a star pattern on top of cozy flannel. These patchwork blocks are quilted as you add them, so there’s no extra quilting to tackle afterward. A zigzag stitch helps keep the denim edges from curling up or fraying.

Get the Denim Stars Quilt pattern here.

Denim Circle Rag Quilt Recycled JeansPhoto via Craftsy member Inventive Denim

Denim Circle Rag Quilt

Take some pre-cut charm squares and combine them with denim to sew this rag quilt that is based on a faux cathedral windows design. A great memory quilt, this project can help you use up many pairs of old jeans! Snip the edges of your jeans for a frayed look that also makes the quilt super cozy.

Get the Denim Circle Rag Quilt pattern here.

Half Square Triangle Rag QuiltPhoto via Craftsy member EdofSAHM

Half-Square Triangle Denim Quilt

Turn one layer cake and one charm pack into a fun and durable rag quilt! Unlike many denim quilts, this project is unique because the back is all denim and the front is made of colorful flannel, for the look of two quilts in one. This quilt uses about 5 pairs of men’s jeans or you can purchase denim by the yard.

Get the Half-Square Triangle Denim Quilt pattern here.

Denim Picnic QuiltPhoto via Craftsy member Inventive Denim

Denim Picnic Quilt

This pattern will teach you how to make a quilt from old clothes, challenging you to use every part of your jeans, including the pockets and labels. Just 2 yards of fabric and a stack of old jeans will help you sew up this denim quilt pattern, which makes a great gift for teens.

Get the Denim Picnic Quilt pattern here.

Crazy Denim Quilt PatternPhoto via Craftsy member Quilted Sunshine

Crazy Denim Quilt

If you are swimming in old jeans, you can cut up about 20 pairs and try crazy quilting. In fact, this quilt is so unusual, it’s built from the outside in (border first, and then the center). As a bonus, this denim quilt doesn’t require any batting!

Get the Crazy Denim Quilt pattern here.

Denim Picnic BlanketPhoto via Craftsy member Double Nickel Quilts

Denim Picnic Blanket

Recycled jeans and flannel shirts or pajama pants make the ideal picnic blanket, which you’ll never mind throwing on the ground. It’s so durable and convenient to keep in your car. Since it’s a quilt-as-you-go project, you won’t need any backing or binding! With many sizes and styles of jeans, this pattern includes two charts and quilt size to choose from.

Get the Denim Picnic Blanket pattern here.

Denim Waves Quilt PatternPhoto via Craftsy member Quilted Sunshine

Denim Waves Quilt

Pair up to 20 pairs of old jeans with hand-dyed fabric to make a stunning waves quilt that’s just as cozy as it is beautiful. Durable denim quilts like this one will stay put even when the ocean breezes try to blow them away.

Get the Denim Waves Quilt pattern here.

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Connie Shure

like the quilts with denim

Linda Robinson

Great way to recycle overworked jeans!

Anita Warwaruk

Love all of your ideas !

Deborah Slocum

Love all the patterns & ideas.


Any suggestions as to joining 2 halves of a denim quilt? Making denim quilt for a queen size bed, and feel I should make it in 2 parts, making it easier to wash. I am at a loss as to a joining method. Have made several for twin beds, but not a larger size. Thanks for any ideas!


This is a bit late, but how about buttoning the 2 halves together. Buttonholes on one half, buttons on the other.

Laura Miller

That is a unique idea.


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