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.



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Visual artist originally from Australia, travelling the world creating crocheted wearable art and functional textile pieces. Sustainable art and slow fashion made from recycled fabrics, wools and metal. Colourful. Psychedelic. Unique.
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