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« on: September 07, 2009 03:28:13 PM »


I trolled around a bit to see if anyone else had posted something similar but didn't see anything in particular. This is my childhood blankie:

As you can see, it's gotten a bit ratty over the years (24 of them, to be exact!). Some details: it's cut into 2 separate pieces. I'd guess each piece is about 1' by 2'. I am not super attached to it, I don't need it to sleep or anything, but I was trying to come up with a cool way to recon it and display it as the sacred artifact that it is. 

The best idea that I've been able to come up with is to crochet a new blanket around it.

My mom suggested soaking it in glue and making a sculpture of some sort, but I don't think that 24 year old crocheted yarn is going to be the easiest to coax into a recognizable shape.

Has anyone else gracefully retired their own or someone else's blankie? Any ideas?

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2009 03:38:00 PM »

Would you consider unraveling it and using the yarn to create something new? Perhaps a baby blanket for your child, or future child?
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2009 03:39:52 PM »

You could cut a whole bunch of fabric strips and tie them to the blanket to make a little shag rag rug.

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2009 04:08:13 PM »

You could just frame some of it and use as wall art (it`ll come handy, when you have a lil on yourself - decorating the nursery)- that should last for a long time too to maybe even hand down as a little heirloom-thingie Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2009 04:53:58 PM »

Similar to what petskin was saying...

What about making it a 'matting' for a picture from your childhood?

Or, make a shadow box with some other mementos from your childhood and make it the backdrop?

Just some thoughts..

« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2009 07:26:21 PM »

Well you could try making a teddy bear out of it or maybe a sweater for a doll for you future offspring.
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2009 07:53:48 PM »

cut it into squares to create a new baby quilt. You can use fabric to finish the edges so it doesn't fray.

« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2009 02:10:26 AM »

I knew a lady (a long time ago) that would take a receiving blanket, a twin flat sheet and quilt batting and make a really cute quilt out of it.  She would sew the batting inside the folded twin sheet and then quilt the receiving blanket to it.  Maybe you could do something like that?  I think it would be interesting to attach it just like it is.  It would be a great conversation piece.  This way you can tell your little ones the story of the blanket.

On another note:  That is one well made blanket that has been around for 24 years.  Kudos to the person who made it!  I hope my crocheted blankets will be still be used and loved 24 years from now.

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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2009 06:37:27 AM »

all great ideas! thanks so much guys.

The suggestions that involved cutting it up and turning it into something else sort of made me cringe inside - lol! I guess I'm more attached to it than I originally thought.

I'm also not planning on having any babies any time soon, so I think I'd like to just make something for myself.

All really great ideas though - I'm thinking blanket to blanket might be the way I want to go. That way it's still snuggable?

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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2009 04:28:06 PM »

I'm not sure if you can exactly repair it using the same stitch. I've patched granny square blankets by just sewing it together, but I'm not sure how the diagonal crochet stitch works. I asked a question about a blanket that had the same stitch HERE. Maybe those crocheters who know about the stitch could help you out better to make patches, if you don't want to cut it up.

I'm not sure if that exactly makes sense. I'm really tired. Hope it makes sense.  Tongue

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