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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.

Step 1: What you will need

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

Step 2: Cutting your fleece blanket

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One of the great things about this tutorial is that it only requires 5 pieces of fabric

My blanket was 55" by 48". I cut the blanket up so that I had two pieces that were 21" by 24", two pieces that were 16" by 22.5", and one piece that was 18" by 41".

Please keep in mind that these dimensions are for my size and preference, and should be adjusted accordingly to your own.

Step 3: The sleeves

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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

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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

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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.

Step 8: Installing the sleeves

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Turn the sleeves right-side out.

Pin the sleeves to the body pieces of fleece.

Carefully sew your sleeves.

Step 9: Shaping the sweater

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Mark in 1.5" on the bottom of the sweater on both sides. Draw a curved line from the armpits to connect.

Sew along this curved line, then trim the excess.

Step 10: The cowl

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Taking your 5th and last piece of fleece, join the two ends and pin them together.

Sew along the 18" edge to join.

Step 11: Installing the cowl

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Like how you did with the sleeves, turn the cowl right-side out, and pin inside the neckline. The joined edges of the cowl should be in the middle of the back neckline.

Carefully sew where you pinned the cowl to your sweater.

Step 12: Finished!

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And we're done!

Super easy. Feels like you're wearing a blanket. Doubles as a hood.


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)  dancingnazguls1 year ago
That makes me so very happy! A Happy New Year to you!
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)  sarahofsydney1 year 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.
broberts152 years 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.
saosport2 years ago
Amazing idea thank you
D_mon2 years 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 Bulnick2 years 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 Bulnick2 years 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_mon2 years 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_mon2 years ago
Thanks for the high five! I would love to see photos of your sweater once you finish sewing it!
HollyMann2 years 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)  HollyMann2 years 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)  HollyMann2 years ago
You are so great! I'm so happy that my instructable gave you some inspiration. Can't wait to see what you made!
bdurkin2 years ago
You are so talented to work this pattern out. Thank you.
hellovillain (author)  bdurkin2 years ago
Thank you for your warm words. You are much too kind :]
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
this is sooooooooooo kool :D
hellovillain (author)  sabu.dawdy2 years ago
Thanksssss! and thank you for the follow :)
really nice! I want to try this! you make it seams easy
(ops! seem!)
hellovillain (author)  marcellahella2 years ago
Thank you! I promise it's super easy, and it's sooo comfy!