How to ma ke… AN UP­CY­CLED JUMPER BLAN­KET

Mollie Makes - - Living Home Tour -

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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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