Old woolen sweaters will make a cozy winter blanket.
Simply cut them into rectangles that you sew back together into a patchwork of soft and warm colors.
This sweater quilt is both beautiful and useful. It makes a pretty throw and doubles as a spare blanket.
Set aside six or seven old sweaters in various colors (a range of blue, beige, gray...).
You will also need some batting, cotton fabric and an old but sturdy sheet - at least 150 x 190 cm (5 x 6¼ ft),
bias tape and cotton thread. To make the wool patchwork, you will use 108 sweater pieces
the size of a paperback book - 11 x 18 cm ( 4 x 7 in).
Cut or rip out the sweater seams. Lay several paperback books on each panel of wool.
With tailor's chalk, mark where to cut. Don't forget to include ribbed edges
and both right and wrong sides so you have a nice variety of textures.
Cut out and sort into piles of colors.
Then, sew the wool rectangles together to form strips as shown in the diagram below.
Once all the wool strips have been made, sew them to a strip of cotton fabric about 10 cm (4 in) wide.
At this point, you can machine dye the patchwork to both harmonize and revive the colors.
Quilt the blanket with mercerized cotton thread.
Make double knots on the patchwork side. In the example shown, the knots were placed where the different pieces of wool intersect.
For a folk-art style, leave about 3 cm (1 in) when you cut the threads. The last step is sewing the bias tape trim.
When you machine wash the blanket, choose the gentle cycle for wool.
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