When creating is more about pulling things apart (also known as making a denim quilt)

November 17, 2019

When creating is more about pulling things apart (also known as making a denim quilt)

We all know what it's like when life is busy and finding time to get creative can feel impossible. Rather than looking at that new pattern or project as a huge task, turn your eye to some more focussed creative prep work that can be just as satisfying.

Next time you clean out your wardrobes keep a close eye on any denim that might be heading for the rubbish bin - we all know those ones that have worn through in a way that's just not suitable for St Vinnies (Goodwill).

I now take those jeans that were heading to the bin and chop them up into strips (the set above are 8cm wide) ready to assemble into a denim quilt - it can take a few years to build up enough denim but when done you have a soft, very strong quilt with some good weight to it - not as heavy as a weighted blanket but enough to make you feel very snuggly and calm.

Turning old denim into a quilt

Traditionally denim has been on the naughty list for poor environmental manufacturing processes (although some forward thinking companies are starting to change that - see Warp & Weft here, one of my favourites for sustainability and size inclusivity) so reusing old denim is great for the environment - as well as deeply satisfying as you reduce your waste.

Happy chopping things up (and eventually sewing !) 





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