Blanket stitch shawl, simple reuse design tutorial

Blanket stitch shawl DIY

I have created a shawl from a blanket, it is a simple design, but it is keeping me very warm in this new hemisphere.


Here is a quick how-to, I would recommend using any thick, woollen-esque piece of material that doesn’t fray (too much).

You will need:
Material approximately 1.5m x 1m wide.
Large, heavy duty wool needle.
Safety pin as a marker.
At least 300m woollen thread. It’s better to have too much thread, than too little.

1. Fold the blanket in half, place a marker in the middle of the fabric. Cut the material in half 2/3, or 3/4 of the way through, depending on how much ‘drape’ you would like the garment to ultimately have.


I chose 2/3 of the length, which looks like this down the back:


2. Starting from the middle, at the very top of the cut, thread the large wool needle. I chose a very basic white acrylic, which matched the original embroidery on the blanket.


3. Stitch and stitch, around all the outside edges of the blanket. This part took approximately four hours. There is a very useful blanket stitch tutorial available on YouTube by following this link.



About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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