Tutorial: Make Your Patchwork Blanket with Recycled Old Knits Guest Article by Sofia VernaFrancesca Palange
Knits are wonderful to work with, easy and forgiving, perfect to recycle. When sewing use the largest stitch on your machine, and you do not need to finish the inside seams.
- Selects about 4 or 5 knit wool sweaters or pullovers that you want to recycle, the bigger the better;
- Choose colours that harmonize, and use knits similar in thickness;
- Cut up the sweaters, and put the pieces in piles;
- Take a larger piece and pin a smaller one on to overlap on top, so that they are flat, then sew with curves on one side, then turn over and sew straight or with curves on the other side. If your overlapping spaces are large, you can make a free motion design. If the seams are small put a second line of stitching for reinforcement. Then trim the seams close to the edge, laying the scissors flat against the seam;
- Create about 3 or 4 fairly large pieces of fabric, mixing all the colours;
- Assemble the large pieces together. It is easier to sew when you don’t have such a large piece you are adding on to;
- Put the piece of fabric you just created in the washing machine, and wash with detergent on a long cycle. This way the fabric and the edges of the seams felt up if you are using wool;
- Hang to dry, press with a lot of steam or use a damp cloth to iron blocking the fabric;
- Now you have a crazy patchwork blanket…or you can go ahead and create a garment.
Good luck …
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