Update: The pattern is complete!
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Recycled Denim Jeans- Rag Quilt Pattern
I have posted several times in the past about the progress of my recycled denim jeans quilt. As I progressed I got some great feedback and I decided to turn it into a pattern.
I'm about a third of the way through the pattern draft and have been taking pictures along the way which I'd like to show here.
I've been thinking about how to help people can get the most possible usable yardage from each pair of jeans.
I've found that if you cut the legs off just under the pockets and then cut down the inside of each leg seam, you'll get the maximum amount of fabric.
One pant leg cut open looks like this...
AND interestingly enough, I've found that if you start tracing circles at the Bottom of the pant leg you will get MORE circles then if you start tracing at the top. I don't know why but somehow I'm maximizing the length better by starting at the bottom!
As far as cutting out the circles, I've been going back and forth between using use a cardboard template for tracing the circles or using the Olfa circle cutter.
There are advantages to both and I'm trying to decide which one to recommend or to just talk about both. I don't want to make things too complicated though...
I think the biggest challenge about this quilt is actually making the circles. I've been doing a LOT of research and it's surprising but there are no really good ways to cut accurate circles.
Anyway, back to the drawing board (literally)!