Making a blanket from Pendelton scraps

Mar 20, 2012


Some folks have a weakness to chocolate, little bunnies, or Johnny Depp.  Mine is Pendleton fabric.  I stopped by the Pendleton fabric store on Friday and couldn't resist buying beautiful scraps of wool from their $3 a pound bins.  The blanket scraps weighed in at a little over 2 pounds, which was a steal.  In addition to the fabric, I picked up some white wool tape to join the fabric pieces together.  



When I got home, I arranged the fabric pieces on the floor and then trimmed the frayed edges. 



I cut the wool tape in half lengthwise and started sewing the tape onto the edges of the remnants.  Once I was done with one seam, I flipped the blanket over and repeated this step.

[One of the friendly Pendleton store employees, who had made a blanket from remnants, recommended using a zigzag stitch to join the fabric edges together before laying down the wool tape.  Of course, the zigzag function quit working on my machine at the start of the project, so I skipped this step.]  




After all the strips were sewn together, I finished the blanket with wool tape folded over the outside edge.



To personalize the blanket, I embroidered the year on one side and our family name on the other.  Since it's a nice heavy wool,  it'll make the perfect blanket to wrap up in around a camp bonfire.  I do love those cool summer nights in Oregon. 



Over the weekend, I also found this fantastic Pendleton weekender bag at an estate sale for $15.  The gods must be happy with me.


10 comments:

Charissa - The Gifted Blog said...

Bee-youtiful.

Kerry said...

Wow, it turned out awesome!! I can really picture it around a cozy fire for years to come!

Cathy said...

Thanks, ladies! The white trim really isn't practical for camping, but, oh well : )

jenna said...

i love this so much! clever and striking with the long vertical stripes. and pendleton fabric - yes!

katie d. said...

I LOVE this and may need to copy your idea. Let's have another creative weekend together!

jen v said...

that turned out so cool! i wish i had a sewing maching. i'd be at the pendelton store first thing tomorrow.

elisabeth said...

i love your blanket!! such nice colors! thanks!

Chris said...

This is so nice! How long are the strips--how wide is the blanket?

Note to Jen V.: Some sewing machine stores and fabric shops let you rent their machines by the hour, or even for free.

Cathy said...

Chris, the strips can vary in length and width. I laid everything out at the store until I was happy with the general size and arrangement. The final size ended up being 43" x 60".

Jane Skoch said...

Very nice! I have always wanted to do something similar with wool sweaters, but wasn't sure how to handle the seams. I like the wool tape!

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