Binding a denim quilt with strips from old jeans: It takes pant legs! by Paul Leger March 21, 2023 written by Paul Leger March 21, 2023 187 This week, like all others, was great working with familiar products and new tools and notions. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’d say it was the Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box filled with 12 shades of denim thread. Yesterday, I showed you how to baste a quilt using safety pins, and how quilting with parallel line stitches makes things interesting. Today, we’re binding the quilt. Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box Denim Thread 100m 12 Shades To make the binding for the quilt, I need 2½” strips. I can get these strips from leftover denim from the pant legs I cut earlier this week, or from another pair of old jeans. The length of the strip depends on the length of the pant leg. Looking at what I have, it looks like the average length is 25”. With the quilt measuring 56” x 70”, I calculated 10 or 11 strips should be enough. Take a pant leg and lay it flat, and square off two sides with the Omnigrip 81⁄2″ x 24″ ruler. Square off two edges of a pant leg. With two edges of the pant leg squared off, make a 5” wide strip using the full length of the pant leg. Make a 5” wide strip. From the 5” wide strip cut two 2½” strips. On both edges of the strips make a 45o line. Make a 45o line on each end of the strips. Using the 45o lines at the end of the strips as a guide, sew all strips together as shown in the following photo. Sew on the 45° line. Once all seams are completed, trim ¼” away from the seam. Trim ¼” away from the seam. Press seams open using an Oliso Pro TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron. Press seams open. Fold the binding lengthwise, and wrong side together and press the full length. Press binding wrong sides together. Sew the binding on the back of the quilt. Sew binding on the back of the quilt. To reduce bulk in the corners, snip off the corners of the quilt. Snip corners off the quilt. Fold the binding over the edge of the quilt and use UNIQUE Quilting Small Clever Clips to hold the binding in place. UNIQUE quilting Clever Clips hold the binding in place. From the top of the quilt, sew down the binding using thread from the Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box. Sew binding. The denim quilt is completed. Completed quilt So many great notions were used this week. Using the OLFA 60mm Deluxe Ergonomic Handle Rotary Cutter to cut through multiple layers of jeans was the best tool to do the job. Decorating the quilt with threads from the Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box was a fun adventure. Now I’m looking forward to starting another project using old jeans. This is part 5 of 5 in this series Go back to part 4: Parallel line stitching: A fun way to add interest to your quilt Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs459denim quiltsFairfield Quilter's 80/20 Quilt Batting - 229 x 274cm (90″ x 108″)free quilting projectsfree quilting tutorialsfree tutorialGütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box Denim Thread 100m 12 ShadesGÜTERMANN threadsHeatnBond Non-Woven Light Weight Fusible Interfacing - 50.8cm x 22.8m (20″ x 25yds)notionsOLFAOLFA 60mm Deluxe Ergonomic Handle Rotary CutterOLFA RB60-5 - Tungsten Tool Steel Rotary Blade 60mm - 5pcxOLFA RM-MG - 24″ x 36″ Double Sided Rotary MatOLFA RTY-3/DX - Deluxe Ergonomic Handle Rotary Cutter 60mmOliso Pro TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron – TurquoiseOmnigrip Ruler - 201⁄2″ x 201⁄2″ (52 x 52cm)Omnigrip Ruler - 81⁄2″ x 24″ (21.6 x 61cm)quiltsSoftKUT Dressmakers' Scissors - 81⁄4″ (21cm)stabilizersthreadsUNIQUE quilting Clever Clips Small - 12 pcs FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Paul Leger I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging! previous post Parallel line stitching: A fun way to add interest to your quilt next post Gathering and sorting supplies to make an embellished journal cover YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... How to transfer designs to fabric | DMC... 6 easy steps to add glamour to your... Sewing a hanging sleeve to your quilt, the... Repurposing men’s shirt fabrics | Quilt-as-you-go scrappy mug... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.