Heading off for a short trip to the other side of the country and I noticed how my op shop adventures make travel easy!
My carry on luggage by Longchamps (the real article too) was purchased during my #onlyopshopleather spree.
My blanket coat courtesy of my op shop vintage blanket collection.
To top if off, I’m wrapped in a beautiful soft new pink cashmere Pashmina purchased with tags on $2 from local ‘Good Sammy’s’.
Safe travels everyone. ✈️❤️
Today I made the coat from a fabulous vintage car rug.
Here’s how I did it.
Wash and tumble dry rug to preshrink and felt the fabric.
Cut pattern pieces to ensure plaid lines up and fringe is used creatively. I used a jacket pattern and squared up the front pieces to allow for the ‘waterfall’ front.
With right sides together, Stitch shoulder seams first. Stay stitch back neck edge to keep it from stretching. I do not finish blanket coat fabric edges as they are felted up enough to minimize fraying. If needed you can ‘stay-stitch’ all raw edges.
After shoulder seams, stitch sleeves at shoulders. Then finish with side seams ensuring the plaid matches all the way down the sides.
Essentially there are 5 pattern pieces and 6 seams in this pattern. The completed seams are stitched flat at each sleeve, shoulder and side seam.
In less than an hour you have a beautiful warm coat made by recycling an old blanket.
What next you ask?
Maybe a bomber jacket👊🏼💪🏼!
I have been given a beautiful old tartan car rug.
It’s my next blanket coat project.
Below is the intended outcome. I’ll document the process and show step by step how it’s done. If the wool fabric is not felted enough, I may have to finish the edges with stay stitching or a neat blanket stitch.
(Image source unknown, initially saved from Pinterest. If you can help me acknowledge the source I would appreciate it.)
Watch this space!
I adapted my original pattern this morning to create a wide collar coat front. Here’s the story. (My teenage son took the photo from his spot on the couch 😑 – at least you get to see the finished product and a glimpse or our darling Shelty, Flynn.)
Third coat done! This one from a grey bush blanket made from 50% wool & 50% any other fibre you can think of (I even found fishing line in the fabric!!!). Go figure! This mix means it hasn’t felted up with a hot wash and tumble dry.
It’s light weight compared to the felted wool blankets from the previous two coats and so folds differently at the front too.
One happy big sister! She calls it her medieval ‘Queen of the Rings’ coat!
The blankets are lining up now… next will be a camel coat with a new look collar… each one takes approximately one and a half hours max (including cutting the pattern). 🌪
That coat I made from an old blanket (a few posts back) … it’s brilliant. So warm. So funky.
I have just finished my second coat (made a few minor design adjustments in the pattern pieces).
Second blanket was a deep burgundy color although in the photo it appears dark pink.
So easy. No finishing as the blanket is felted after all the washing over the years. I stitch the seams flat at the wrists, neck/shoulder seams and at the side side splits. I also trim the side splits to the seam allowance so they sit flat.
I might be able to get a child’s size out of the remnants. 💕
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