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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Old sweaters/ Conference Saturday project

start of sweater afghan
So, what to do while listening to conference on Saturday Morning and afternoon. Get rid of the pile of old sweaters sittings at the foot of my bed that I have been meaning to tear apart for awhile. So, as you now know, I had a bunch of old sweaters (cotton rayon blend); these all had some sort of embroidery. Not really my style any more, and most didn't fit well, either. So what to do with them?
  1. First, salvage all the buttons; lots of good MOP (mother of pearl) buttons on these sweaters to be saved, and a few cool beads. After you pillage the buttons and such, what next?
  2. Cut as many 9 1/2 inch squares as you can, save short sleeves (I have another project for them in mind) and the large scraps (same project).
  3. Cut white 100% cotton fabric squares, also 9 1/2 inches square. (I have not done this step, yet). I plan to back with cotton fabric to help prevent the wavy look I have seen on other such afghans. Don't know if this will work, but I will give it a try. I plan on using 1/2 inch seam allowance. Bigger than normal, but I am hoping this will help with some raveling that may happen.
  4. When all are sewn together with a bat and a back, I want to tie the front to the back with crow feet quilting. A sort of quick quilting-tie with an embroidery look.
  5. Bind edges; I am thinking old silk from same pile of clothes to get rid of, or old-fashioned satin blanket binding. There are also jeans in this stack to add to my jean braided rug.
I think it will be cute and if not, it will still useful.


  1. Holy Moly what a super cool and big project. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I have so many little boy outfits that are either torn or too stained to give away that I was thinking of something similar. Good Luck!!! :-) Hettie (hmschott on Flickr)

  2. I think it's going to be wonderful. It's a good repurposing idea and the result will be so cozy.

  3. I have a friend who did a T-Shirt quilt. She said that the trick to making them easier to work with, lay better, and a little thicker/more durable, was to use Wonder Under on the backs of them. I'm not sure if it would help with your sweaters or not. I plan to try it out once I get a few more old shirts collected.

  4. I too have a pile of sweaters -- those big knit 80's shaker style sweaters. I'm going to use flannel to back them with. I'll be watching your progress.

  5. great idea :-) I will have to try it.
    P.S. I am LDS too :-)


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