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« on: April 09, 2018 08:54:16 AM »

Made from natural fiber sweaters felted in the wash, different fiber content and varying thicknesses and density. It was tricky to put together, had to be pushed through the machine to keep the seams from getting too wavy so my shoulders are pretty achy. I triple stitched each seam too, pain in the bum but made it nice and flat so worth it I think. Now I am just stuck on how to finish the edge.


It could be backed in something with buttons or ties at each of the crosses. Sewn like a giant pillow case and then turned right side out and edged stitch around the outside. I've got a couple of wool blankets I could use or I could buy fabric if I find some that is wide enough, or I could buy suiting wool and piece that together.
Or leave it a light-weight single layer and just finish the edge somehow. Maybe a bias like binding from more sweaters or a wide pre-fab satin. What do you think?
I'm still considering buying more sweaters and making a couple more rows so it's big enough for both the fella and I to snuggle under as a movie blanket but I was really trying to cut down on sweater stash with this project, not add to it. Isn't that always the way? LOL

I would like it noted that each of the crosses is perfectly aligned, I am very pleased with how that turned out considering the differences in the fabric. Yay me! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2018 09:09:15 AM »

Super impressed on that stitching!! You could always poke holes and do a fancy crochet border  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2018 09:16:10 AM »

Oh my gosh, I never even considered that. What an amazing idea! sheepBlue, you are brilliant! I have just the yarn too! We bought this lovely hand spun wool on our road trip to the east coast last summer, our first trip on our own without the kids. We had Such a great time. The man would love it if I finished our blanket with that yarn. Now to figure out just how to do it... Thank you so much!
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« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2018 09:35:12 AM »

I have done that with hankies and fabric...I would suggest that you make a cardboard template the size of your squares and draw the holes along the side...use the template for each square so you will have an evenly spaced edging. In the corners, decide whether you want a squared off edging or a rounded one...you will have to stick a few more stitches in one hole in each corner to make the turn.

another lovely blanket, CLM!
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2018 09:43:06 AM »

Thank you for the advice, I wasn't sure how to add the stitches evenly with no pulling or puckering. I think a rounded corner would be nice. I rummaged our closets and found a couple more sweaters that don't get worn anymore so I will add 2 more rows to make it an even 7X7 patch square. I might need to buy 3 more to make up the rest.
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