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Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box INSPIRES a creative denim quilt

by Paul Leger

In yesterday’s post, I showed you how to hide a hole and rip in denim fabric with a circle made with the help of a TrueCut 360° Circle Cutter and Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box Denim Threads.

Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box Denim Thread 100m 12 Shades with a TrueCut 360° Circle Cutter on an OLFA 24″ x 36″ Double Sided Rotary Mat

The Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box and the TrueCut 360° Circle Cutter

Today, the plan is to complete the quilt top by adding pockets where needed and attaching the shirt and jeans to the denim backdrop.

As I was getting ready for today, I noticed there were a few spots where the fabric was very thin. I showed you how to cover holes yesterday, but today I got another idea, pockets! I took some back pockets off the upper part of the jeans and placed them where the fabric was extremely thin.
I selected a matching gold thread to sew the pocket in place.

A dark blue jean pocket is placed on a piece of denim along with a spool of gold Gütermann thread.

Pocket placed over a hole or where the fabric is thin

While I was sewing pockets onto the quilt top, I also took the time to randomly select a label from three faux leather labels available in the Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box to sew onto the quilt top. Why not make it more fun?

Three faux leather labels by Dortex. One with three hearts, one saying Denim Love and the last saying Made with love.

Faux leather labels

The first part of the quilt top is completed.

The denim quilt top is completed. It’s comprised of 20 blocks, four across and five down

First part of the quilt top is completed.

I took a pair of child’s jeans and removed as much of the back as possible.

The back side of a pair of jeans is separated from the front using a pair of SoftKUT scissors and an OLFA 60, rotary cutter.

Remove as much of the back as possible.

Trim away the pockets and any other extra pieces of fabric.

The inside front of a pair of jeans with fabric trimmed away from the left pocket.

Trim away excess fabric.

Because the hems on the jeans are thick, I cut them off.

An Omnigrip 8½” x 24” ruler is placed where one of the jean’s hems was cut off.

Cut off the hems.

I then sewed all openings shut, including the pockets and the zipper flap.

One of the jean’s front pockets is sewn shut.

Sew all openings shut.

Using my Oliso PRO TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron, I ironed the shirt flat.

An Oliso PRO TG1600 Pro Plus Smart Iron ready to iron a plaid shirt.

Iron the shirt flat.

After ironing the shirt, I sewed the collar down, then removed the back of the shirt including the sleeves.

The back of a plaid shirt including the sleeves cut out.

Remove the back of the shirt.

I carefully placed the jeans on the quilt top laying them as flat as possible. I then sewed them in place. I didn’t sew down the waist at this time. The waist is sewn down once the shirt is tucked in.

Note: As jeans are made to go on people of many shapes, there is no way to get them to lay 100% flat. Don’t be surprised if there are a couple of small bulges on the upper section of the jeans. Some of these will disappear with quilting.

The front of the jeans is being sewn into place on the denim quilt top.

Sew jeans into place.

I tucked the shirt into the jeans and laid it on the quilt top. Then I sewed the shirt down along all sides. Once the shirt was fully secured to the quilt top, I sewed down the waistband.

The jeans and shirt are sewn onto the quilt top. The waistband is being sewn down.

Sew down shirt and waistband.

The last step is to turn the quilt top over and cut out the denim covered by the jeans on the front of the quilt top.

I didn’t remove the denim from behind the shirt because to do so would leave that part of the quilt considerably thinner than the rest of the quilt.

The quilt top is turned over showing where some of the denim was cut away from under the jeans sewn on the top.

Cut away the fabric from the back of the quilt top where the front of the jeans is sewn on.

The quilt top is finished. If you haven’t done it yet, add the labels which are included in the Gütermann Denim Love Nostalgia Box; someone will love the message.

A label saying made with love sewn to a pocket.

A label adds love to the quilt.

Tomorrow’s post is dedicated to quilting. Join me.

This is part 3 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 2: How to cut and piece denim from old jeans to make quilt blocks

Go to part 4: Parallel line stitching: A fun way to add interest to your quilt


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