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Gather a few sweaters, cashmere is preferred for its long fibers, but other yarns or fibers will work also. I have used Merino wool, Lambswool, Silk, Alpaca, etc. Clean them (washing machine is fine even for wool, use cold water & regular soap. If it shrinks or felts, that will work to your advantage.) and line dry them.
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Step 1: Cut into strips

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Cut each sweater into strips. I like to start w/sleeves first. If you have enough time and patience, you can try to cut straight, following the knitting. Since you will be using fusible webbing along the seams later, this is not necessary, although it does look much neater at the end. Most of the time, the sleeve cuffs and neck cuff will not be practical for this project, however, if you save them, they can be made into other products.

Step 2: Make long strips from the short, cut pieces

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Connect the strips by sewing the short side together. Usually this requires about 2 to 3 short strips connected at the short ends to make a long enough strip. Make a few (2-3) of these strips to the desired length.

Step 3: Piece together the long strips

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Next begin to piece together the strips along the long sides using the zig zag stitch. Now you are beginning to make the top side of your quilt. The bottom edge will be uneven for now, don't worry about that yet.

Step 4: Trim ends

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Trim off the ends evenly along the top and bottom. You can do this each time a new strip is added, or when all the strips have been connected.

Step 5: Strengthen seams

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Now, strengthen the seams with fusible webbing. You can buy this material in craft stores. Follow the instructions of how to iron on the product. This should be done along the backside of all the long seams in order to sew it with a machine. It is unecessary if you are hand quilting.
tamaramaria.bessert made it!7 months ago

I made one last week :-) Without the backing but still it is so cool :-)

Thank you for the nice tutorial :-)

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spunk made it!10 months ago

I made a woll-sweater-blanket myself! It took me almost a year to find enough matching sweaters at the thriftshop ;) I used mainly cashmere and some high quality woolen ones and sewed it with a serger.

It was so worth the afford! I love this blanket and use it every day!

Thank you for your instructable!

dlien12 years ago
Thumbs up on this idea, made blanket! Recyclying sweaters is a wonderful idea. So soft...beautiful... Thank you for posting the steps.
Hate to nitpick, but cashmere has very short fibers. That's why it's spun on very high-ratio machines, like you do with cotton.
myrrhmaid6 years ago
SUPER CUTE! Thanks for sharing!
This is SO great! I've been trying to replicate it, but when I sew the pieces together they curl up. How do you keep the edges from doing that when you are sewing over them so many times?
I LOVE this idea! It's green, practical, and very useful, AND pretty! I have a question though... how to you keep the sweater from raveling as/when you cut it into strips? Also, I'm still not clear on how you are attaching the backing to the top. Sorry, I'm kinda dense and I really don't sew that much. Leigh
Sun Moon Lake (author)  urbangleaner567 years ago
I never sewed before starting this project, perhaps this is the reason for the vague instructions...When you cut sweaters (along the weave), they don't unravel! It's quite unbelievable, but true. try it on a scrap. The backing is attached to the sweater strips by fusible webbing. You would iron the webbing on. It melts on both sides so it fuses the top and bottom pieces together. Then I stick the whole thick piece (fused together sweater & cotton) under the sewing machine and sew along the long sides AGAIN. If this is not clear, just email me at
OSEle7 years ago
What a brilliant idea - this looks like the warmest patchwork quilt ever. The backing does look a bit fiddly, but well worth the effort - thanks.
jessiep7 years ago
If you'd like your project included in the Sew Useful Contest, be sure to add a link to your quilt's Etsy page.
I know i'm not the judge however seems like the link wasn't posted until after the deadline which was supposed to be the 16th at midnight...hmmm i think a big part of a contest should be the ability to follow directions
Sun Moon Lake (author)  jessiep7 years ago

where else can i add this link?
I love your style. This is a very different look for a quilt. I love recycling clothing to make beautiful things. Thanks for sharing.
I think this one needs more pictures, and perhaps some drawn images showing how to assemble the strips before sewing. (As in, how to cut them out of the sweater, how to make sure they're straight and the same size, etc.) Also a bit more explanation about the backing of the quilt and how to attach it as that can be tricky. Those with sewing or quilting experience might be okay, but I have a feeling there will be many confused people out there. :)
Sun Moon Lake (author)  jessyratfink7 years ago
Thank you for the suggestions. I've added photos. I will be finishing up this instructable this week.