Recycle used denim into a quilt that you can use as a table mat or wall hanging. Don’t have denim jeans to use? Shop your local thrift store!
Fabric A — denim from old jeans – light colored
Fabric B — denim from old jeans – dark colored
27” x 24” fabric for back of quilt
27” x 24” batting
1/8 yard fabric for binding
#8 Perle cotton in your choice of color
Block Size: 5” finished
Cut 10 – 6 ¼” x 6 ¼” from Fabric A
Cut 10 — 6 ¼” x 6 ¼” from Fabric B
Cut 3 – 1 ½” x width of fabric for binding
Sewing the Hourglass quilt:
- With right sides together, place Fabric A and B squares together, aligning raw edges.
- With a pencil or marker, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other.
- On either side of the line, draw another line ¼” from the center line.
- Stitch on the lines on either side of the center line.
- Cut apart on the center line. Press the seams open. You will have two squares.
- Place the two squares, one on top of the other, with right sides together.
- Repeating as above, draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other. Then draw an addition line on either side of the center line ¼” away.
- Stitch down each line and cut down the center line. Press the seams open. Make 20 blocks.
- After all the blocks are sewn, arrange the blocks 5 across and 4 down.
- Stitch the blocks together with a ¼” seam allowance. Stitch the horizontal rows first and then the vertical rows.
- Baste all three layers together and hand quilt with perle cotton or machine quilt.
- Trim and square up the quilt top.
- Stitch binding strips together. Add binding to all four sides in the traditional manner.
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