Every household produces jeans to be up-cycled. An excellent way to do this, is by having one of these in progress.
- Denim Jeans
- Old shirts or other fabric.
- An old saucer – to use as template
- Old t-shirts or pieces of batting/wadding
- Heavy Duty scissors
- Rotary cutter, mat and ruler
- Sewing machine with thread in a neutral colour.
- Mark and cut the circles from the denim. This works wonderful in front of the telly watching sports with hubby. Use a pair of heavy duty scissors.
- Don’t worry if you include pockets or seams. This adds character to the quilt.
- Measure the diameter of the cut circles. Draw a square using the diameter to measure from corner to corner.
- Mark your circles with this square. The marked line will be the stitching line.
- Sew the circles together in a line and then lines together, the size of your quilt.
- Fill the squares with plaid shirt squares and fold the denim back to form the finished square. You can, include a piece of batting/wadding or a piece of old t-shirt under the plaid to give it a little loft.
- Stitch the curves in place.
- You may want to clip the curves to the stitching lines and brush it to give a fluffy look.
I have inherited a lot of fabric. From my Mom, from my Sister and some from my friends. I also was in the bad habit to buy fabric that I liked, with no specific project in mind. All these factors lead to an accumulated fabric stash of unneeded cloth.
At the beginning of 2018, I decided to downscale this stash and have been actively busy with it since. I have found some fabric in this stash of dubious origin and/or dubious fiber. As I have not been able to trash these fabrics, I have been on the look out in which projects I can use them.
This brings me to today’s tutorial of Japanese folded hexagons. This pattern can be hand stitched or made with a machine. Personally I prefer the hand stitched version as this is something that I can drag with me wherever I go and have to wait. The flowers come together surprisingly fast. But I have to warn you, it is pretty addictive. This pattern is quilt as you go, so once it is finished, it is indeed finished. No need to quilt.
The pattern is very forgiving to the fabric that is used. I mainly stay with cotton on the bigger fabric that folds over the core, but for core fabrics, anything goes. Polyester, wool, silk, thicker and thinner all works well. Even the batting / wadding used on the inside, can be flannel, t-shirt fabric, other knits or pieces of wool, bamboo or polyester batting.
Download the Hexagon Template
Try this pattern and send me a picture!
Lots of Cats is a happy quilt to share with a fellow cat lover—that is if you can bear to part with it! From a quilting point of view, it is a stash buster of note. With up to 50 cats on this pattern it makes a pretty cuddle on your bed or couch to snuggle into. The pattern is available here: