Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Up Cycle This Denim Shirt" ---- My Vacation Project!

First cut the shirt apart.  Cut along the seams of the shirt and the sleeves. Save all usable parts of the shirt.

Next cut the large sections with a rotary cutter into squares and mostly rectangles. Any sizes --- it doesn't matter.  

Choose assorted fabrics the blends nicely with the denim shirt.  I like to use light, medium, and dark fabrics.

I chose blue cotton fabrics to blend my denim.  I cut them into strips of various sizes from 1 3/4 inches to 3 inches.

Take one strip and start sewing them onto one side of the denim pieces. 
Take another color of fabric and sew it onto some more of the pieces.  
And another strip until you have sewn strips on one side of all the denim pieces.  
Trim with a rotary cutter. Press seam allowance towards the strip and away from the denim. 

Your denim pieces should look like this. They should have one strip on one side of each piece.  Press and trim so you are ready for the next step.

This is my vacation project.  I will post, as I do each step. 
I will probably post daily, but remember I am on vacation, so it may be every other day.  My daily posts will be jiggled around to make adjustments for the posts.
My inspiration for the project is from this month's Project Quilting Challenge.
Click here to see what the shirt looked like before I cut!
Watch for future updates on the Blue Patchwork Shorts --- My next "Up Cycle Project"!

Thanks for following along!



Belinda said...

Mercy! You are sure an ambitious woman! I'm anxious to see how this turns out. ;)

sweetybird09 said...

Wow you are very talented, cannot wait to see the finished project!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Yummy blue sky goodness. What fun!

Chris said...

I'm a big fan of jeans quilts and those made from recycled fabric. Can't wait to see how yours turns out. Looks very promising! :)

Kim said...

Can't wait to see how it turns out! COOOOOOL!

Tonya said...

Hmmm so it is something you saw in a magazine. I will be interested to see what you come up with!

Gmama Jane said...

I have lots of denim saved to make a jean quilt. My mother made a jean quilt for both grandsons and then embroidered important dates/phrases, events in each of their lives. It was very treasured until a crazy girlfriend in college thought it would be "funny" to tear up the quilt and leave it in the dorm shower??? Vengence has no limits as that of a scorned woman! I've never seen my son so angry..needless to say that girlfriend was history. I salvaged the quilt to some degree. Your post brought back a lot of memories of my mother spending evenings working on that quilt.
Gmama Jane