For those of us in the south, I'm really hoping the season for sweaters is coming to an end. However, I believe that's just wishful thinking on my part. Officially, the first day of spring is only a few weeks away, but I know we'll still have sweater days to come over the next couple months.
In the meantime, as you prepare and/or hope for warmer weather, do you have any old sweaters you're ready to part ways with? Wool or cashmere sweaters of at least 80% to be precise. Maybe you've picked some up from Goodwill or your local thrift store?
That's what I did a few years ago after seeing a project in this issue of Make it Yourself by Better Homes and Gardens.
The project was a felted sweater quilt.
Should you decide to make your own, there are plenty of tutorials to find online. Just type "sweater quilt DIY" into your Pinterest search. You will have no want for instructions there. Or you can also buy the 2012 back issue of Make it Yourself and have your own set of instructions to look at.
This is my sweater quilting adventure with a few tips along the way.
|After gathering your sweaters, be sure to wash them in hot water and dry them. This will cause the fabric to felt, which is why you want a high percentage of wool or cashmere. Read more in depth about it here. Once this is done you can now cut your sweaters into squares. The size is your choice. I chose to do 10" squares. Also remember to get creative with your sweaters. Patterned sweaters are always a fun idea!|
|Once your first set of rows are sewn together, sew up the rest to connect it all together!|
|If you choose to do a backing, be sure to cut it a few inches bigger all around than the front of the quilt. This way you'll have room in case there are in mishaps in measuring or cutting. Once the backing is sewn all around, it's time for the final step. The binding. I chose to use a cotton fabric with a pattern to match my squares. If you have any questions about the binding or a how to try this place for instructions. If you do better with a video, check this out.|
|And finally done!!|
|Here you can see the binding fabric I chose from Hobby Lobby. I love the pattern.|
Not a quilt person? There are many craft ideas out there involving sweaters.
If you're a Pinterest kind of gal--who isn't?--check out other fun uses for sweaters.
Even if you chose to do the quilt, you'll still want to check it out because there's going to be lots of leftovers!
My favorite idea?
Using the sleeves as leg warmers or boot socks. Fun!
Maybe sweater weather isn't so bad...
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