A Little Something to Keep Me Warm

Lately it seems I am always cold. I have a throw blanket that I really like. I love the colors and the design. It is also very soft on the darker side.

Unfortunately it is just a little too small. You know the type, can’t quite cover both the feet and the shoulders at once. Not even when the person seeking maximum coverage is only 5’2″. Sigh…

So it was time for a change. The blanket would have to be sacrificed. I got out my trusty freezer paper and taped together two pieces. I used an oversized shirt I really like as a guide to make a pattern for my new sweater. For the front and back pieces I pushed the sleeves back inside-out to get the curve of the arm hole.

Then I added 1/2″ seam allowance.

I cut out the pattern pieces and ironed them onto the blanket. Then I cut them out using pinking shears to minimize the unraveling of the woven fabric.

The front piece was just like the back piece except that the neckline dipped down.

The two pieces were pinned right sides together then sewn and the seam edges zigzagged. I like the bolder color of the red, but that was also the softer side of the blanket. Since my main motivation for making this is that I’m feeling so chilled as of late, having the sweater fuzzy and soft on the inside won out. This is my hug-in-a-garment sweater.

To make the sleeves, I traced the sleeve onto the freezer paper.

Added the seam allowance.

Cut it out and ironed it onto a folded piece of the blanket fabric. The fold is along the upper edge of the sleeve. When I made the pattern piece I added extra length to fold up and hem at the cuff. I then decided to use the already finished edge of the blanket so the excess length of the pattern piece is hanging over the edge in the photo. Because the piece is on a double thickness of the blanket, I also pinned it in place after ironing the freezer paper on to prevent any shifting about as I cut it out.

Then it was time to sew down the seam at the underside of each sleeve.

Adding the sleeves to the sweater made me very nervous. I had never done this before and I had read that it was a difficult thing to do. Fear of attaching sleeves is the main reason I haven’t sewn sleeved shirts before (other than a raglan PJ top for Eli). It went so smoothly! I’ll be sewing many more shirts in the future.

At this point all that was left was to attach bias tape around the neck and the bottom of the sweater. I was happy to find I had this wide double fold brown bias tape in my stash bought back when Joanne’s was having a big sale. I was happy I didn’t have to run out an buy anything for this project. I have enough left that if I decide I want to also change the way the ends of the sleeves are finished I can.

Behold my new ultra-cuddly, wear a blanket in public, sweater. This is what stands between me and the ultimate humiliation of wearing a Forever Lazy. I know everyone around me is thankful.

This was all that was left of the blanket that gave her all for my obsession with getting warm.

Thanks for reading!

Karen

Here’s where I’m linking up.

Sunday:

Homemaker on a Dime,  I {heart} Naptime,  Flamingo ToesMy 1929 Charmer Blog,

Monday:

Get Outta My Head PleaseSkip to My LouThe Gunny SackSew Can Do,

Singing Three Little BirdsEtcetorizeC.R.A.F.T.,  diy home sweet home,

Craft-O Maniac, Sew Chatty, Artful Rising,

Sarahndipities Just Winging ItEverything Under the Moon,

The Cure for the Common Monday

Tuesday:

At Home With KNot Just a HousewifeHope StudiosFunky Polkadot Giraffe,

Kammy’s KornerThe Kurtz CornerI’m Topsy TurvyTip Junkiethe space between,

Raising 4 PrincessesThe Creative Itch BoutiqueSchwin and Schwin

Tip Junkie handmade projects

Wednesday:

Sew Much AdoFrugally SustainableThe Shady PorchTea Rose HomeLil’ Luna,

Someday CraftsPassionately ArtisticWhatever WednesdayTrendy Tots

Thursday:

Mom On TimeoutThrifty DecoratingBear Rabbit Bear,

The Crafty BlogstalkerThe Shabby Creek CottageHouse of Hepworths,

Sorta Crunchy, Delightful OrderSaved by Love Creations,

Between U & Me,  Anything Goes Linky Party,

Friday:

Simply DesigningWhipperberry,  Happy Hour Projectskojodesigns,

Joyful StamperMaking Lemonade BlogThirty Handmade Days,

Release Me CreationsNaptime CraftersRomantic HomeFinding Fabulous,

Shabby NestFrench Country Cottage, The Charm of HomeThe Grant Life,

At the Picket FenceFingerprints on the Fridge, One Art Mama2805

Saturday:

The Gingerbread BlogToo Much Time On My Hands,

Six Sisters StuffSerenity YouBe Different Act Normal

25 Comments

  1. Carolyn said,

    April 11, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Great idea!! Beautiful blanket also!!

  2. dawn aldrich said,

    April 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    You’re amazing! ‘nough said 🙂

  3. svsellers said,

    April 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    As always, you are incredible with your talents!

  4. April 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I LOVE THIS KAREN! I had a couple sweaters that I made into throw pillows (one was a wool-mohair that hubby shrunk, the other was llama or alpaca blend that had a hole chewed in it by a mouse when we lived in TX.) I love that your project was almost 180 degrees opposite of mine… decorative/functional to wearable, rather than wearable to decorative. I’m going to have to try this soon. By the way, I’m going to share this onward for you to some friends.

  5. Kelley said,

    April 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I love how you just bust out your scissors and sewing machine. 🙂 And of course this came out great!

  6. Inder said,

    April 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Clever idea, and it looks so cozy and warm!

  7. Ria said,

    April 12, 2012 at 4:22 am

    That’s such a clever idea!

  8. ReStitch Me said,

    April 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I’ve used freezer paper a lot, but never thought of ironing it to the fabric before cutting–that would eliminate any shifting for sure. Will tuck that tip away for the future. Good for you to tackle something new–the armhole insertion–and it turned out wonderfully!
    I have to admit something… since I am cold a lot too, I’ve secretly thought one of those ‘forever lazy’ blanket thing-ys would be snuggly and warm. BUT…they look so dorky!!! hee hee Your solution was MUCH better!

  9. April 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I am envious of you and your readers who sew, and sew well. This sweater is gorgeous. I watched my grandmother make my clothes from as far back as I can remember but try as I might, it was not an art-form I could excel in, or even do moderately well in! I tried taking sewing lessons, and you’ll laugh, I even bought a sewing machine, but it sits in the pantry, angry with me that I don’t give something a whirl. Maybe your blog post will give me the incentive I need. Rest be assured, if I do try something, it won’t be this. A square napkin perhaps?? 🙂

    • April 12, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      Thanx for dropping by! When you are ready to give sewing another go, do so using reclaimed fabrics. I do so for the usual reasons of being eco-conscious and frugal, but also because I still feel like a very beginning sewist. If I spend a lot of money on fabric I’m then afraid to cut into it as I often still do mess up the projects I attempt. Just knowing I might ruin the material makes me nervous and therefor even more apt to make some silly mistake. By using cast-offs I know that if I screw up there is no real loss, and with the absence of nervousness I actually screw up less! I look forward to the day though when I am confident enough to sew something with specially purchased fabric, but for now I’m having a blast and enjoying what I manage to produce just fine.

  10. Erika said,

    April 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    You made that look so easy!

  11. sally rawlings said,

    April 13, 2012 at 2:20 am

    is the blanket a woven tapestry type material kinda velvety? hard to tell what the weave is like

    • April 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

      That would be a good description of it. The velvety-ness is on the darker red side only.

      • sally rawlings said,

        April 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

        Right on I love that !! love that texture sal

  12. Melanie said,

    April 13, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Nice job! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!

  13. Maysem said,

    April 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Very nice job Karen!! I really love the outcome of your blanket:) I’m always intimidated to make patterns out of my own clothing… I’ve only done simple things like an apron and toy stroller cover. It’s the sleeves part that holds me back. But you really have given me more confidence to want to take a shot at it! Thanks bunches!! I will be pinning this tutorial to share with others and for my go to reference:)

  14. Cardartart said,

    April 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Very Clever! If only I had a favourite blanket!

  15. April 16, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I love your sweater. I am in awe of how you did this…making your own pattern and so clever turning the sleeves to get the curve! I would love to be able to sew like this! Great work and instructions too. Thanks for sharing at the Rock N Share.

  16. April 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Nice work! I never would have thought to make a favorite blanket into a sweater -good idea!

  17. April 18, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    fabulous idea! It looks beautiful!

  18. Sherry said,

    April 19, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Great idea! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

  19. Natasha said,

    April 20, 2012 at 2:24 am

    you did a great job!!!!
    Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday xxx


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