- recycled (or new) sweatshirts – in your choice of colour(s) (ours are red, white, and black polar fleece)
- letter iron on patches (ours spell “Rock On”)
- sewing machine, fabric scissors, straight pins, ruler, tailor’s chalk, thread, embroidery floss (optional), embroidery needed (optional), iron, pressing cloth
- Decide what size (baby, throw or bed size) blanket you will be making. Ours is 36” x 36” (91.44 cm X 91.44 cm). Wash sweatshirts in warm water. To prevent extra shrinkage, machine dry through a full cycle. Turn the sweatshirts inside out, and cut along the side seams. Separate the sides from one another, and remove the sleeves. If there is a hood, remove that as well.
- Our pattern is three squares per row across and three squares down. Measure and cut nine 12” x 12” (30.48 cm X 30.48 cm) squares from the sweatshirt pieces, as desired. HOT TIP: Use the body of the sweatshirt first; and then use the sleeves, if needed. (If not needed, the sleeves can be used for pillows and other smaller items).
- Position the nine pieces together, as desired. Pin and sew together, using a sewing machine, or hand-stitch with a needle and embroidery floss. HOT TIP: It is easiest to pin and sew one row together before proceeding to the next.
- Iron the blanket to flatten seam allowances, and clean up any extra threads that need to be trimmed off.
- Personalize the blanket by adding iron-on patches and letters, as desired. Use a pressing cloth (a scrap piece of cotton fabric works well) to protect iron-on pieces. Et voila! You have a snuggly, stylin’ washable blanket.
HOT TIP: Your blanket is now done, but you could embellish it further! Add a fringe or trim to the edging. You could also put a backing on it: try ultra suede or velvet.
Iron-on patches, fabric scissors, tailor’s chalkDressew
337 West Hastings Street
For more information on Suze Katz, visit her website at www.somethingscozy.com