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👊🏼💪🏼!
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Here I am laughing at my future again (Prov 31:25).
Another #onlyopshopleather purchase – this time a beautiful cream leather jacket for $15.00.
Also ‘Wrangler’ jeans, ‘Eagle’ belt, ‘Sportsgirl’ leather shoes and ‘Witchery’ T are all pre-loved. Total cost of outfit = $25.00.
So, what’s my point?
It is easy to leave a small footprint and a big impression.
There are so many beautiful vintage woollen blankets at the Op Shops. All well washed and softened through use. My thought was to turn one into a felted winter coat.
Pink and dusty tones are currently popular so my first go involved an old pink blanket.
I’m happy with the first attempt.
Cost = $5.00
Time = 2 hours
Why buy new?
These near new boots were made for slaying the #onlyopshopleather spree I am currently on! 😂
I found them for $10! They are a perfect fit and look amazing after a quick polish. Instead of repair, someone decided to donate them all for the want of a buckle loop!
ABC iView is currently airing a documentary series on waste.
Titled ‘The War on Waste’ it spurs me on to contribute less to the pile of discarded textiles and continue to buy clothes that already exist – essentially rescuing clothes from the waste stockpile while saving money too.
That convict bag from my #onlyopshopleather purchase escaped captivity and is now a free bag – able to work and play!
Haha! Seriously though, how big and how cool is this satchel? Fits my 13″ MacbookPro easily, along with all my everyday gear. My work satchel doubles as my working week hand bag too and I think this one works well as both.
Bindy ❤️ 💼❤️
Sure! I like the sound of that.
Leather clothing is versatile and long lasting but very expensive and sometimes it’s manufacturing might not match our ethical shopping guidelines… the solution – pre-loved leather wear from thrift shops (‘Op Shops’ in Australia).
This black leather skirt was $12.00 and did not have a single flaw. ❤️
My current muse is to hunt down pre-loved leather items from local op shops. I ‘need’ to op shop – it’s addictive but I don’t need too many more items of clothing. That’s why I give myself boundaries. The current boundary #onlyopshopleather.
Feel free to join my muse and add the # to your Instagram uploads.
See you out there!
❤️ Bindy x