How to ma ke… AN UPCYCLED JUMPER BLANKET
Pieces of felt for templates A variety of jumpers ( we used nine to make a 1m ( 39 ½ ") square quilt, with plenty left over) Needle and thread Gold embroidery thread Pins Piece of backing fabric ( we used cotton), approximately 1m ( 39 ½ ") square, plus seam allowance Masking tape Pen or pencil Sewing machine and thread Scissors Iron Cosy nights indoors with an open fire and a cup of tea, snuggled under a warm woolly blanket, are what winter is all about. This eye- catching creation by one of our favourite designers, Beci Orpin, is fashioned out of jumpers cut into irregular- looking shapes – which are all designed to fit together surprisingly well, despite their charming wonky appearance.
We used nine jumpers in a range of different colours, giving us a mix of wool, cotton and acrylic ( plus some lamé for extra sparkle), but the minimum you could get away with is probably four or five. If you're using all woollen jumpers, give them a hot wash first so they felt up and are easier to work with. You could use this same pattern to create a memento blanket of band T- shirts or favourite logo tees – it makes a great gift.
Cut out four felt shapes from the templates on page 100. Felt templates are easier to use than paper because they ‘ stick’ to the wool ( or other fabric) and stay in place while cutting.
Using the felt templates, cut out a variety of shapes from all the jumpers. Don't be afraid to use the pockets and ribs to add texture and interest. We used the
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