How To Make A Recycled Sweater Blanket With Hexagons

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A Recycled Sweater Blanket With A Splash Of Denim

There is a definite nip in the air. Summer has almost gone and it won’t be long before I’ll be putting on the heating. That’s why I decided to sew a new throw for the living room by making a recycled sweater blanket.
 
Autumn is actually my favourite time of year. Even though I feel energised after recharging my batteries over the summer there is nothing I love more than snuggling up under a blanket in the living room with a hot coffee and planning for all the fabulous coming seasonal celebrations.
 
Recently I refreshed my mountain of pillows and cushions with some Boho style recycled jeans pillows. To continue with this theme I recycled some old wool sweaters to make a new throw for the living room and I used the denim waistbands left over from the Boho pillows as the trim.
 
I’m also a huge fan of hexagon patchwork, therefore, I also incorporated hexies into the design of my recycled throw. This actually involved less sewing than with normal fabric hexagon patchwork as felted wool doesn’t fray so doesn’t need to be hemmed.
 
 
Don't throw away your old sweaters, use them to make a gorgeous patchwork recycled sweater blanket. Even use your old jeans to make the blankets trim.
 
 
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What you need to make a Recycled Sweater Blanket

  • 3 to 4 Old wool sweaters- Make sure they are at least 80% wool. If you can get hold of old lambs wool or cashmere sweaters, that’s even better as these are lovely and soft. I’m lucky in that my family gives me all their old sweaters.
     
    Jumble sales and thrift stores are a great source for wool jumpers/sweaters. How many sweaters you need will depend on the size of the throw you want to make and the size of sweaters once felted.
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    Old wool sweaters for upcycling into a blanket
     
     

  • Denim waistbands for the trim – I used about 5 for this upcycled sweater blanket.
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    Denim waistbands
     
     

  • Quilting hexagon template – The templates come in various sizes. When deciding what size hexagons to use you need to think about 2 things. The larger the hexagons you use the less sewing you will need. However, the smaller the hexagon template the more usable hexagons you will be able to cut from a sweater. I used a 3-inch hexagon template as this size worked well for me.
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  • Rotary cutter and cutting board
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  • Seam ripper, needle and thread

 
 

How to make an Recycled Sweater Blanket

  1. The first thing to do is to felt your wool sweaters the way to do this is to put them in a hot wash with soap powder like I did with my mountain sweater pillows.
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  3. Cut your felted sweaters up at the seams to open them out to maximise the surface area. Then using the hexagon template and rotary cutter cut out as many felt hexagons as possible from the sweaters.
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    Cutting felt hexagons from upcycled sweaters
     
    Felted wool hexagons
     
     

  5. When you have finished cutting out your hexagons pin them together in a row the length of your sweater blanket. Then sew the hexagons together in a long row. You can either use a sewing machine or sew by hand. As felt doesn’t fray you can stitch very close to the edge of the fabric. Sew all your hexagons the same way, so that the recycled sweater blanket will have a distinct front and back.
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    Then stitch your rows of hexagons together. You will notice that the way the hexagons fit together the edges of your blanket won’t be straight. To even up the edges you will have to stitch some half hexagon felt shapes to the blanket to fill the gaps.
     
    Hexagon recycled sweater blanket.
     

  7. To add the denim trim to the blanket, firstly rip open the jeans waistband with a seam ripper. Then open up the waistband, insert the blanket edge and pin the waistband to the blanket. You will end up with a sort of sandwich of denim waistband on the outside and felted wool as the filling. Using a heavy duty needle stitch together and continue until the whole blanket is edged in denim.

 
Denim trim for recycled sweater blanket
 
 
If you don’t have any old denim to hand or want a different look you can always trim the recycled throw with bias binding. You can either buy this online or make some in a fabric design of your choice.
 
I’ve already been cozing up under this recycled sweater blanket and love how the denim trim coordinates with the recycled jeans pillows I made the other week.
 
Upcycled sweater blanket made from felted wool jumpers and trimmed with recycled jeans waistbands.
 
Full instructions to make a gorgeous hexagon patchwork upcycled sweater blanket complete with recycled denim waistband trim.
 
Upcycled sweater blanket with denim waistband trim
 
 
Full step by step tutorial to make a gorgeous hexagon patchwork upcycled sweater blanket complete with recycled denim waistband trim.
 
 
Tip alert: When cutting out your hexagons you will have been left with lots of felt scraps. Don’t throw them away you can use them to make some lovely Christmas decorations such as upcycled felt garlands or cookie cutter upcycled Christmas ornaments.
 
 


 

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30 Responses

  1. You are so talented Claire! I love the hexagons (reminds me of my grandma’s quilts) and the colors you used are beautiful together. The other day I was getting a pile of old clothes together for donation and couldn’t part with a pair of wide legged trouser jeans. They are in great shape but don’t fit. You inspire me to try making something from denim 🙂

    • Thank you, Toni. Hang on to those jeans and watch this space as there will be more denim projects coming soon.

  2. Love the look of the denim used to edge your quilt! So creative!

  3. Love how you have bound the quilt with denim waistbands – brilliant idea:) Dare I admit I’ve been throwing them away – I thought my sewing machine would have a tantrum if it was asked to sew through the denim waistbands but no more, my walking foot is my new best friend – result:) It makes such a difference when sewing layers of denim. Enjoy snuggling under your cozy blanket Claire.

    • Thank you, Vicky. I know denim seams and waistbands aren’t the easiest things to sew but to me they are the most interesting part of a Recycled jean so worth perserfering with. I have got some no sew demon projects come soon for them too!

  4. Claire…you kill me!! Your mind never stops does it? That blanket is so fantastic and what a great way to upcycle old sweaters and jeans. As alwasy…Well Done My Friend!

    Hugs, Lynn

    • Thank you, Lynn. No my mind doesn’t stop, too many things I want to make that’s why I started blogging so I’d have an outlet for all my creations.

  5. THIS IS SO FREAKING COOL! I LOVE THE COLORS USED AND THE WHOLE JEAN LOOK!

  6. […] Ooh here’s another recycled sweater blanket but this one looks totally different to that last one. I LOVE the hexagons and that denim trim! (via Pillar Box Blue) […]

  7. This is total genius. I love the look of the sweaters sewn as hexies, but what really gets me is the waistband binding! Seriously, that is such a great idea and I love how it looks! Amazing! 🙂 Lisa

    • Thank you Lisa. I just couldn’t resist adding the denim and the blanket is so soft and cozy.

  8. You find so many creative ways to use denim, Claire! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  9. I love your denim project Claire and I love this blanket

  10. This blanket looks so cozy and warm and like you our air is starting to have a bite to the wind again. This would be a nice rugged blanket to keep in the car for trips.

    • Thank you, Leanna. As most of the jumpers used to make it were cashmere or lambswool it is super soft and cozy.

  11. I’m going to run out of denims soon Claire after trying out all your crafts. I love how you finished off this blanket, the trim looks so cool

    • Thank you, Michelle. I have a plentiful supply of old jeans so many more denim projects to come.

  12. I’ve been working with old felted jumpers this week too – I’ve been amazed the difference in size that they can turn out! This blanket looks gorgeous, so cosy.

    • Thanks. Yes it depends on the wool, my favourite jumpers to felt are cashmere and lambswool as they remain really soft.

  13. Even I do not know how to sew I admire your work and the final result is gorgeous!!! This is going to be my feature for Sweet Inspiration Link Party #75 🙂

  14. Your blankie looks so comfy and I would have to play rock, paper, scissors with my granddaughter to see would get to snuggle under it. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope your week is going great.

    • Thank you Sandra. No Rock Paper Scissors here, it’s my blanket so I get first dibs.

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  16. Your recycled sweater blanket looks so cozy and soft. Such a great way to recycle old sweaters and denim. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle. I am featuring your blanket this week at the party. Pinning

  17. I wouldn’t even know where to begin but you make it look so easy! Thank you so much for linking up to #HomeEtc X

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