This blanket is made from old denim jeans, has a waterproof backing and straps for easy packing! It is perfect for the outdoors!
- About 5-6 pairs of denim jeans of various colors
- A cheap waterproof mattress protector (fabric)
- Strong dark blue thread
The finished blanket pictured is about 65″ x 40″. It can be made to be any size just by varying the dimensions of the patches and the number of patches in each row.
How to Make the Blanket:
- Determine the size of your patches. I worked with 7″ x 7″ squares. I knew that I wanted some varying sizes so I made a few patches that were half the size (3.5″ x 7″) and some that were double the size (14″ x 7″).
- Make a template for your patches. I used Microsoft word and printed two squares measuring 7″ x 7″ to be used for the square patches and the double patches and one rectangle measuring 3.5″ x 7″.
- Cut out your patches from the jeans. Use the chalk to trace around each of the templates. I did a few of each size from each pair of jeans. In order to make the blanket pictured, I cut out the following: 40 square patches, 9 double patches, 24 half patches
- Sew the half patches together to make square patches. Make sure to put different colored denim together.
- Lay out your design to plan where each patch will go.
- Stitch the patches together in rows.
- Stitch the rows together to make one patchwork blanket
- Take the waterproof mattress cover and cut it so there is one giant piece of fabric large enough to cover the patchwork blanket.
- Cut the mattress protector so that it is only a few inches larger than the patchwork blanket.
- Fold the denim over the mattress protector and pin it.
- I used a zig zag stitch to stitch the edges.
- I chose to hand stitch the corners as pictured below.
How to Make the Packing Straps:
- Take two pairs of jeans that are the same size and preferably the same brand.
- Cut the waistband off from the rest of the jeans.
- Wrap around your blanket and enjoy!