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Cowl-Neck Sweater from Fleece Blanket

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a comfy sweater with a cowl out of one of those fleece blankets I'm sure you have lying about the house. The large cowl in this sweater has a nice, draped effect, and also doubles as a hood.

Fleece is a great, easy fabric to work with in the winter because it is warm, cozy, and does not need to be hemmed.
 
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Step 1: What you will need

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Fleece Blanket - (mine was 55" by 48")
Ruler or Measuring Tape
White Chalk Pencil
Scissors
Pins
Thread
Sewing Machine

Step 3: The sleeves

Take your two pieces of fleece which are 16" by 22.5" and pin them together.

At the top, mark 2.5" on both sides, then draw diagonal lines down to the bottom corner.

Cut along these diagonal lines.

Step 4: Sewing the sleeves

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Take your two sleeve pieces and fold them in half.

Pin along the open edge of the sleeves.

Take each sleeve to the sewing machine, and sew where you just pinned.

Step 5: The shoulders

Take your two pieces of fleece which are 21" by 24" and pin them on top of each other.

At the top, mark 6.5" in on each side of the shoulder.

Step 6: The neckline

Draw a line that is 11" down from the top. Use that line and those drawn in step 5 to draw a U.

Turn it over and draw a shallow scoop.

Cut out along these 2 lines.

Step 7: Sewing the shoulders

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Sew along the two tops of your fleece to create the shoulders.
I made this at the start of the winter. I had to make it a bit longer to keep my kidneys warm. but it has been awesome and I have been wearing it for the past 2 months
hellovillain (author)  dancingnazguls3 months ago
That makes me so very happy! A Happy New Year to you!
fauxangel11 months ago
this looks like an awesome project to get the winter started with.. I would love to know how you took your measurement so I know how to get mine right :)
hellovillain (author)  fauxangel5 months ago
Sorry for the terribly late reply. I based the measurements off of a comfy sweater that fit me a little loosely. I measured that sweater and used it as the jumping off point for cutting up the fleece.
broberts151 year ago
I absolutley adore this! The instructions are seem simple enough. It's been a while since I've sat down and used a sewing machine, but this could be something I could try out. Later on down the road personalize the way I want. It's almost hard to believe that it was a little old fleece blanket before. I bet it's really warm come the the cool weather. Thanks for sharing.
saosport1 year ago
Amazing idea thank you
D_mon1 year ago
hey. you bet. unfortunately it turns out our sewing machine is broken, but i'll get round to it soon or i might think up a way to use contrasting chunky hand stitching as a design feature..not sure yet. i've cut the shapes. anyway i'll keep you posted.
That is cute and looks so easy to put together! I was wondering what size shirt you wear? See if I can just try to get away with your measurements.
hellovillain (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thank you! I am a small (size 0-2), but my mom (size 6-8) also fit it, although on her it didn't have that slightly oversized-look that it does on me. I hope this helps :]
You should enter this into the Holiday Gifts Contest!
hellovillain (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
I actually have a new Instructable that I will be uploading soon and will be entering in that contest! So stay tuned! ;]
:) I'll be watching for it! Also, you can enter a contest as many times as you would like.
D_mon1 year ago
this is brilliant, thankyou! gonna make one tomorrow. unfortunately the only fleece blanket i have is bright orange, but it'll do for the first attempt. gonna have to find a nice green one like yours eventually though, thats exactly my favorite colour! you are winning! *high five*
hellovillain (author)  D_mon1 year ago
Thanks for the high five! I would love to see photos of your sweater once you finish sewing it!
HollyMann1 year ago
I love this and voted for you to win! I can't wait to make one or a few of these..they look so heavenly..so warm..just what I need right now. I live in Wisconsin and walk around my house with a fleece blanket wrapped around me at all times..always cold...
hellovillain (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you so much for your support! If you do end up making one, be sure to let me know :]
I did make one the other day! :) I thought I might be about the same size as you and I think I was right. I like how it turned out - very cute and comfy for a warm top or pajama top even. After making it, I modified the pattern so it would be more fitted (adjusted the main pattern piece on the top to fit my shoulder width, etc.) and made a really cute fitted sweatshirt top. I saved my pattern and plan on making more changes...so thanks for getting me into sewing my own clothes! I make little things here and there but I am not much into store patterns - so thanks for the ideas. I will post a pic when I have time!
hellovillain (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
You are so great! I'm so happy that my instructable gave you some inspiration. Can't wait to see what you made!
bdurkin1 year ago
You are so talented to work this pattern out. Thank you.
hellovillain (author)  bdurkin1 year ago
Thank you for your warm words. You are much too kind :]
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
this is sooooooooooo kool :D
hellovillain (author)  sabu.dawdy1 year ago
Thanksssss! and thank you for the follow :)
really nice! I want to try this! you make it seams easy
(ops! seem!)
hellovillain (author)  marcellahella1 year ago
Thank you! I promise it's super easy, and it's sooo comfy!
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