How to Make an Embellished Blanket with Recycled Sweaterscomments (8) October 9th, 2008
In all genres of my crafting, I like to use recycled materials whenever possible, and thrifted sweaters are definitely one of my favorites to work with. So I'm going to show you how to take pieces of wool and make them into a one-of-a-kind blanket, personalized with embellishments for the lucky recipient. If you need to go thrift-store hunting for the sweaters and you want to put a lot into the embellishing, you'll need to get started on this project right away to have it done for a holiday gift!
- An assortment of wool sweaters
- Sewing machine and lots of thread
- Your choice of embellishment materials—embroidery floss, scrap yarn, fabric for appliqué, fabric paint, etc.
- Either a separate large piece of fabric for the back, or enough sweater felt for double the area of your blanket
- Some scrap yarn
- Tapestry needle or large sewing needle
First, you'll need to find and felt your sweaters. When shopping at thrift stores, look for 100% wool or wool blends with other natural fibers (not cotton or acrylic, which won't felt). Don't worry about holes or rips because you're cutting them up anyway, and the bigger the better for maximum fabric yardage. Now just machine-wash them on a regular hot or warm setting, and dry them on a hot setting. When you're done, they should be shrunken and thicker so when you cut the fabric it will not unravel. (Diane Gilleland wrote a detailed felting how-to for CraftStylish.)
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