How to make a blanket coat…

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👊🏼💪🏼!

Bindy 💃🏻❤️

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2 Replies to “How to make a blanket coat…”

  1. I think you must be superhuman, which I am not, to make this in less than an hour but does look really good. I like the way you have used the tassels.

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