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DIY: Sweater Blanket

Ecofabulous recently featured Dutch company Ladak’s sustainable, handmade blankets, which are crafted from recycled sweaters, jeans, and blankets, and embellished with ribbon and fabric. As you can see, the blankets are absolutely lovely, and have a romantic, gypsy vibe to them.

You can find out where to buy one of these blankets here, but if you have basic sewing skills, you can craft something similar using old sweaters. It's the perfect project for a cold January day!

Here's What You'll Need

  • 8 to 10 wool (cashmere, lambswool, merino, etc.) sweaters
  • ribbon, buttons and fabric, as you like, for embellishments
  • thread
  • scissors
  • non-permanent marker
  • sewing machine

Find out how to make it when you


  1. First, you'll want to felt the sweaters. Do this by tossing them in a hot washer with a pair of jeans (the jeans will help the sweaters to felt up better). Then, dry in a hot dryer. You'll have shrunken, tight-fibered sweaters when you're done.
  2. Next, lay the first sweater flat on a table or cutting board. Cut out large rectangles from the front and the back of the sweater. You can also cut out smaller pieces from the sleeves. If you want to end with a less patchworky effect, you can also choose to cut out long strips of the fabric and sew them together, so you will have stripes instead of big patches.
  3. Sew the pieces together with a zigzag stitch. One of the great things about this project is that you don't have to worry about hems because the fabric is already felted — nothing will unravel! Go over the seam a second time with the zigzag stitch on your machine to ensure you have a strong seam.
  4. Piece together the strips as you sew them in the pattern that you like. Continue to sew up the long strips until you form the body of your blanket.
  5. Now, add your additional fabrics, buttons, ribbon, etc., until you have the look you love.
  6. Snuggle up with someone you love under your great new blanket!
Join The Conversation
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I might have to try this! I had a problem earlier this year where a bunch of my clothes got wet and I didn't realize it and they later got moldy. There were quite a few sweaters that were mostly OK, but had one or two small patches of mold. I cut out the mold patches and saved the sweaters in the hope that I'd be able to use them for some sort of craft project; this might be a good one to try!
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