I will probably write more about CSID in the future, but for now, it is back to DIYville for some happy happy denial time. I am going to show you how to make a truly easy sweater quilt.
- First, you will need some old sweaters in colors you like. Cotton is fine, but choose tighter knits so they won't fray. Wool is great because you can felt it by washing it in a hot/cold cycle then popping it in the dryer, but you will need more sweaters. (I used 6 men's sweaters and made two lap quilts, about $15 at the thrift store.)
- You will also need fleece which will replace both the backing and batting. Buy enough yardage for the size quilt you plan to make. (JoAnne's routinely has this at 50% off or use a coupon. Mine was around $20 total.)
- You will need a good bit of complimentary or matching thread. For this project I used brown on the bobbin, and grey on the quilt top. ($4)
- Optional, you will need one men's shirt to make the binding (thrifted, $3).
- The project total should be around $42 for two lap sized quilts or one large quilt.
Cut your fleece to the approximate size of the finished quilt, plus 2" on all sides.
Layout your sweater pieces in rows to achieve an over all balance of color and texture.
Working one row at a time, use a wide zigzag stitch to join the pieces, overlapping the pieces to create a flat and visible seam. Do your best not to stretch the knit as you sew. (One evening.)
Lay out the finished strips and check your arrangement.
Trim the quilt and the fleece to square up the edges, then finish by either zigzagging along the edge or attaching a wide binding.
It is perfect for snuggling on the couch on a cold winter night! I want to do it again in springy brights and maybe another in textured whites, you know, someday when I have more time and less hemorrhoids. (Yup, third trimester is awesome.)