Blue Jean Tablecloths

1-DSCN6098Blue Jean Tablecloths

I originally made these four years ago for another graduation party and am finally getting around to writing down what I did. Since they were completely made using recycled jeans the cost was free. With all the expenses of throwing a party, not having to buy tablecloths is a win-win.

You will need lots and lots of old blue jeans. Since I have grown boys and I seem to save everything, I have a steady stash of jeans. My friends and extended family are also great sources for keeping me well stocked.


Each block was a 14-inch jean square. I cut the legs off of the jeans and opened up each leg along the flat-fell seam. Actually, I completely cut off the seams and saved them for other projects.

Most adult jean legs yielded two squares (four per adult jeans). If there was a hole in a knee, I was only able to get one square from the leg. A square can be pieced if needed.

5-DSCN6125Eight rows of four blocks were stitched together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. I flipped the rows over and pressed all of the seams in the same direction.

3-DSCN6120I flipped the rows back over with the front facing up and top stitched along the seam, catching the raw seams on the back in the stitching. The top stitching makes the tablecloth lay very flat and prevents seams coming apart from fraying.

Each row was stitched together and more top stitching was done over the new seams.

4-DSCN6121After I evenly trimmed the edges of the tablecloth I top stitched around the edge to prevent fraying.

Now that the last graduation has past, I think the tablecloths will make great picnic blankets.



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  1. Such a clever idea! A friend saved all of her sons’ jeans through the years from toddler on. She made the cutest quilt for one son’s bed, even using pockets and buckles, etc. Such a sweet and clever thing to do for her son. I’m going to share this idea with her.

    • I just want to let you know I made the table cloth and have gotten so many compliments on it! It was more time consuming than I thought it would be to cut apart all the legs, but it was definitely worth it!

    • I wanted to leave a comment on the stenciled signs that you linked up as well…but it wouldn’t let me. They are really pretty and I love the custom bag you made to wrap the gift. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

      • Thanks so much for letting me know the comments were closed on my “more stenciled signs” post. Don’t know how that happened, but I think I fixed it. Sorry for the trouble.


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  3. My husband and I used to do themed New Year’s Eve parties. This would have been perfect for our Redneck New Year Party (at the time all of our friends were really into Jeff Foxworthy.)

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