This is a super neat project for those of you with some old wool sweaters, or for my crafty up-cyclers who want to acquire some from their local Goodwill. I had a lot of fun doing this, after seeing one on Mother Earth Living and a few other variations on Pinterest. I decided to go with squares, instead of rectangles like Mother Earth Living’s, but I followed the same steps.
- Wool Sweaters (any natural fiber sweater works, you just need to felt them)
- Sharp Scissors
- A Marker (Like a Sharpie)
- A scrap piece of cardboard cut into a square (or rectangle if you prefer)
- A sewing machine
Step 1: Collecting Sweaters
So firstly, you need to collect a few natural wood fibers. You can either dig a few out of the back of your closet or go to your local thrift store to find a few. You will need to felt your sweaters, so they don’t unravel. This process is fairly simple, you just need to wash them in warm water and dry them in the drier. This will cause shrinkage, so depending on how large you want this throw blanket will increase the number of sweaters you will need. I found my sweaters at goodwill, and I used 5 sweaters, since I only wanted it for a nice pop on my chair.
Step 2: Prepping the Sweaters to Cut
This next step is super easy. You need to take apart the sweaters at the seams, so all your pieces are flat. This way you can get as many squares as possible out of the sweaters. You can either cut down the seams or use a seam ripper to pull the seams apart. I tried both methods, but if you have nice and sharp scissors, I highly suggest using them. Once you have finished taking them all apart, you can lay them flat in a pile so you can begin the next step.
Step 3: Cutting out your Square Pieces
Next, you need to trace your pattern onto your sweater pieces. My pattern piece is a 5inX5in scrap of cardboard. After you finish tracing as many of the squares you can fit into onto your pieces, you will need to cut them all out. I ended up with 84 5X5in squares.
Step 4: Arranging Your Pattern
This is the fun part. This is the stage where you create the pattern for your throw blanket. I rearranged mine in a semi random pattern, just making sure none of the same colored pieces are next to each other. Next, I stacked my pieces by row to make keeping the pattern easy. (Just a note, I used red buttons to hold some of the pieces down since my ceiling fan was on.)
Step 5: Sewing your Throw
This step is easy, being that you are sewing all of your pieces together. I lay each one, starting with the top of the stack, front sides together. Then, following a ¾ inch seam allowance, I run a straight stitch to attach the pieces together. Make sure to open every seem and lay the next square matching sides together to connect each row together.
After each row is completed, you will follow the same steps to connect each row together. Make sure you match the seams up, so you have straight lines in your pattern.
Then clip your threads, and you’re done!