Monday, April 19, 2010

Tutorial: Recycled Sweatshirt Blanket

Dear Amy,

Happy Monday! We had such an enjoyable weekend. We got so much done. We spent Saturday with friends, which is always fun. Rit finished cleaning out the Hudling in preparation for the closing this Wednesday. That house has been a thorn and a blessing. We bought it cheap and run-down, but we could see it’s inner beauty. It’s blossomed now, and we will miss it.

I also spent some time this weekend finishing up those half-completed projects that are piling up around me. We went through all of our clothes recently and came up with an ENORMOUS pile of clothes to get rid of. We donated some, gave some to friends, and I kept some to use for future projects.

pile of clothes

That is a lot of clothes. I pulled out a few much-loved sweatshirts. You know the kind—you wear them until they are full of holes and tattered, but that kind of enduring love and wear has created a softness in the fabric not found in new clothing. It must be earned.

Using a cutting mat and a rotary cutter, I cut these three sweatshirts (periwinkle, barn red and buttercream yellow) into 8” squares…or variations of the 8” square. I wanted to use as much of the fabric as possible, so some of the cuts were 8” x 6” or 8” x 3”. As long as one of the measurements was 8”, it would work.

Eric blanket 4

Once I had all three completely cut up into usable pieces, I laid out my design. I worked in rows, making sure to distribute the colors as evenly as possible. I then stacked the rows in individual piles and started sewing. I sewed the pieces together to make rows and stacked them. I then began to sew the rows together, being careful to keep their original order in place.

Eric blanket 1

After I had the front of the blanket sewn, I found a piece of 60” wide fleece from my stash. I cut the fleece to match the size of the blanket and pinned the blanket and fleece together, right sides facing each other. I sewed the front and back together, leaving an opening about 10” wide.

Eric blanket 3

I turned the blanket right side out and stitched around the edge twice—once and 1/4” and then again at 1/2”, making sure to close the opening. I like the look of the double stitch finish.

Eric blanket 2

It took me a few hours to complete the entire blanket. And now the fast-growing Eric has a blanket that will actually cover his entire body!

Have a good day, Ames!




Amy said...

Great idea. I love the fact that you recycled those favorite sweatshirts. I have kept old jeans for a jean quilt and now will be stockpiling those worn out sweatshirts. Thanks for sharing!


No joke I am just about to do the same thing! I don't wear my old hoodies. But can't get rid of them! This is a great solution and warm!

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