(upbeat music) – Hi there, my name is Melissa Mortenson, from polkadotchair.
com, and, today, I am gonna showyou a really fun project that gives you the opportunity to repurpose some of the sweatshirts that you have around your house.
My kids played sports in high school, and my oldest daughterplayed field hockey, and I ran, when she graduated high school, to make a T-shirt forher, a T-shirt quilt, and I realized that all of her cutest items were sweatshirts.
And I was like, well, I don't know what I'm supposed todo with the sweatshirts because we wanted to keep 'em, but she'd grown out of 'em, and it's just not realisticto keep that many sweatshirts.
So I got the idea to turn theminto a sweatshirt blanket.
So it's kind of like a sweatshirt quilt, like a T-shirt quilt, but with sweatshirts.
And it's really funbecause it is self-binding, you don't need to use any batting, you just need 12 sweatshirts and two yards of sweatshirt fleece, and I'll go ahead andshow you how to make it.
(upbeat music) Okay, the first thing you needto do before you get started is you need to cut up your sweatshirts.
For this project, we'reusing 12 sweatshirts, so there's 12 squares.
So you can decide howyou wanna break that up.
If you only have six sweatshirts, you can use the front and the back of thesweatshirts, if you want to.
Or if you have 12 sweatshirts, you can use just the front.
On some of my sweatshirts, there was things on the backthat we wanted to use too.
But just however you do it, your design, you wanna make sure thatthere are 12 squares.
Okay, so what you're gonna do is you're gonna take yoursweatshirt, like this.
And what I am using is a 15 1/2 inch ruler, and this is really nice becauseit keeps everything square, you don't have to takea lot of measurements.
It'll go really quicklyif you get one of these, and I'll go ahead and make sure that I link up where I got this for you.
So we've got the ruler.
You're gonna need a rotarycuter and some sharp scissors.
So take your sweatshirt.
The first thing I did was I took my ruler.
This is a men's extra large.
And I just made sure that all of my image wouldfit within the ruler.
And this one does, so I'm gonna go ahead and set the ruler aside.
And I'm gonna go ahead and start cutting.
So what I like to do is just cut the side seam up, because you're just pretty much gonna separate the back from the front.
And this doesn't have to be precise, you just need to get it apart.
And then, gonna cut the sleeve off.
Make sure, when you do this, you don't cut too close to the edge.
And, also, if you have asweatshirt with a raglan top, where raglan would be something like where the sleevecomes out to the shoulders, you wanna make sure youdon't cut the shoulder off, because you might need someof this part of the sweatshirt to make your square, sogo ahead and just cut it maybe halfway down thearm, if that's the case.
But this one's not a raglan style, so we're gonna go ahead and cut it.
You're not gonna cut the neckline off.
We're just kinda roughlychopping things up.
And we wanna separatethe front from the back.
(upbeat music) So then all of this is extra, so we're just gonna goahead and set it aside.
If you don't have enoughsquares, you can use the back, if you want to, if youwant just a plain square.
So now what you're gonna do is take your sweatshirton your cutting mat, and we're just gonna lay it out, like so.
Okay, so here we've got this.
Now, this ruler's really nice, because there is acenter line marked on it.
So what you're gonna do is you're gonna come up ashigh as you can on the neck.
Every sweatshirt's gonnabe a little different, depending if you're dealing with a teenager sized sweatshirt.
If a kid sized sweatshirt, you're probably gonna needto use a smaller ruler.
But like I said, this size ruler worked well for me from adult sized small to extra large with my sweatshirts.
Okay, get that on there.
Use this ruler to kind of make sure, see, I feel like that'sa little off square, we'll go ahead and square that up, I'm gonna line this up so everything looks centered.
Okay, and then once you get it centered, you are gonna go ahead and cut it.
Just leave the ruler in place.
Since it's stretchy fabric, it is a little bit moreforgiving than a quilting cotton, but you do wanna do your bestto keep it perfectly square.
Okay, so we've got that cut out.
If you were making a T-shirt quilt, then you would want to add some sort of stabilizer to the back, but since the sweatshirts are a little heaviermaterial to start with, we don't need to addany kind of stabilizer, so we're gonna go aheadand discard the scraps.
And then I'm gonna go aheadand move the ruler aside, 'cause we don't need that right now.
And you have got one of the squares for your sweatshirt.
Okay, so what I did isI took my 12 squares and I cut them out, andthen you can lay it out.
If you have a designwall, you can use that, or you can just lay it out on your floor, get a design that youlike for your squares.
Your sweatshirt quilt, ifyou make it just like mine, is gonna have four rowsof three squares each.
So I've already sewn some of the rows, but I'm gonna go ahead and sew the bottom row for you today.
Okay, so what you're gonnado, just very simply, is you're gonna pin the sweatshirt piecestogether right sides facing.
So we're just gonna takethis along this edge.
And pin these, like this.
And then, on my sewing machine, I have 1/4 inch foot on it.
I like to use 1/4 inchseam allowance for this, because I find that, with allthe bulk of the sweatshirts, you just don't want alot of seam allowance.
The fabric is a little more stretchy than you're used to working with, so you do have a little more flexibility when it comes to seam allowance.
So you're just gonna take these and take 'em over to your machine.
Just using a standard stitch.
And I'm gonna come down.
Now, in this case, you do wanna go ahead and make sure that you backstitch, because you wanna try your best to keep the seams as square as possible, 'cause it's gonna stretch as you go.
There I'll show you we have two of our squares sewn together.
And then we just need to go ahead and sew the third square to this row.
(upbeat music) And peel that off and then we can see I have my rows sewn.
Now, I do recommend thatyou lightly press this.
When you press, you need to make sure you only press on the wrongside of the fabric though, because this that's on thefront of the sweatshirt is not heat-resistant.
So if you touch your ironto this, it's gonna melt and it's gonna get all over your iron, so you do need to be careful with that.
Okay, so here we have our row, and I know that this is my bottom row, and I'll show you what I've got so far.
I don't know how much of this you can see, but I've already got a few rows sewn, so I've got nine sewn together.
So I'm just gonna show youhow I attach this last row.
I'm gonna go ahead and we're gonna pin this.
So I'm pinning the top of the bottom row to the bottom of the last row.
And then, I will showyou a trick for pinning.
You wanna go ahead andmake sure your seams are nested, like this.
So they're kind of foldedto one side, and one is, and they're right on top of each other, and that will help you get a more accurate seam there.
Since you're workingwith sweatshirt material, there's just not enough body in the fabric for it to be perfect, so if you're somebody that has to have your quilting joints exactly right, you might have a hard time with this one, just because the fabric is just really, it's not as stretchy as a T-shirt, but it's stretchy enough that it's gonna kind of giveyou a headache if you try that.
So we're gonna go ahead and pin this.
I always like to start by pinning my seams between my blocks first, and then go back and pinthe in-between parts.
(upbeat music) So now I'm just gonna go through and just double check onthe other side of the fabric that I didn't miss any spots.
Or if there's a spot like this, that it's cut really close, you can see the seam.
I don't know if you cansee that, 'cause it's dark.
It is really close.
I'm just gonna go ahead andstitch over that a second time.
So now you have got, I'll show you the best I can, you have got 12 pieces sewn together.
Okay, now what I'm gonnago ahead and show you is I'm gonna talk about the back.
So this blanket is self-binding, which means you don'thave to attach a binding.
And it's also a blanket, not a quilt, because there is no batting on the inside.
So what you need to do is you need another pieceof sweatshirt fleece.
You can buy a sweatshirtfleece at most fabric stores.
You need a piece of fleeceat least 60 inches wide.
You can also use polarfleece if you wanted.
I just thought that I wantedto use sweatshirt fleece for the whole thing.
So what you're gonna do, and I'm gonna go ahead and tell you what I'm gonna do, and then we'll take a break, and I'll come back when it's pinned, but what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna find, on each of my pieces of fabric, on all four sides, I am going to find the center.
So I'm gonna come in here and I'm gonna put a pin, just like that.
And then I'm gonna go on theother side and find the center, and then all four sides, and then I'm gonna do the same thing with this piece of fabric.
And then after I've got the centers of all four sides together, I'm going to pin the pieces together, starting at the center and working out.
Okay, I wanna just really quickly explain to you how this is pinned.
What I did is I found thecenter of both pieces.
Your backing is 12 inchesbigger than your front.
And I pinned from thecenter out to the edge, pinning the backing on thesweatshirts right sides facing, and then you're gonna stop pinning about 1/2 an inch to aninch from the corner.
And you're gonna dothat on all four sides.
So you're gonna end up with these funny littledog ears on the ends.
Next, what we're gonna do, and I'll go ahead and dothis and check back in, is I'm gonna go ahead and Iam just gonna stitch a seam down all four sides.
I'm gonna stop aboutthis far from the edge.
Okay, so what I have done is I have sewn the back to the front, and since the back is bigger, I've got this extra piece.
On the bottom, I did not sew this, because I'm gonna need thisto turn right side out.
But you're probably like, what are we gonna dowith this weird thing? So what you're gonna do is you are gonna take the blanket and you are gonna foldit diagonally across.
And with smaller blankets, you can kind of do this all at once.
With this bigger one, it might be a little more of a struggle to get it all at the same time, but you do kind of wannaget all your layers nice and even.
Okay, so, we've got it like this.
So we've got this.
You've stopped sewing here and here, so we're just gonnakind of fold this back.
And then what we're gonna do is we're just gonna use, I amgonna use a piece of chalk.
You can use a ruler if you want, depends what color your fabric is.
You might also need to use a marking pen.
And we are just gonnacome from here to there and mark that, and then I'm gonna go and puta couple pins in it, like so.
And then I'm gonnastitch from here to here, along this diagonal edge.
And you can see my, I'm all lined up really nicely, like that.
So I'm gonna go ahead and stitch that.
I'll stitch all four sides, and then I'll go ahead andshow you what to do next.
Okay, so after you've sewnyour front to your back, and you've left it open, and then you've gone aheadand made your mitered corners, before you cut anything, what you need to do is you need to come inand you need to make sure that you did it the right way, because it's a little counterintuitive, and, honestly, it took me acouple times to do it right.
So I'm just gonna come inhere, put my hand in here, and turn this corner right side out and just kind of make sure that that's an actualmitered corner, and it is.
I could stitch it a littlebit closer in there, just to kind of line itup a little bit better, but, for the most part, I'm really happy with how that looks.
So since I did that for all four corners, what I'm gonna do istake my scissors in here, and I'm gonna go ahead andcut the extra fabric off, all four corners, since I've gone in and I've double checkedthat everything is okay.
So after you've got all this, what you're gonna do then is you're just going to (chuckles) come in here and you'regonna turn it right side out through that hole that you left.
(upbeat music) Then the very last thingthat you're gonna do, and I'll go ahead and make sure that I show you afinished picture of this, but it's a really simple step, and I can show you right here.
So you've got, you're gonna, like I said, put it on the floor, make sure everything is layingin the correct direction, you don't have any big puckers.
And then you're just gonna come in here and fold this under and put some pins in it, just like that.
And your very last step is you are going to top stitch.
So you are just gonna come in here and you are going to use top stitch right along the edge of this all the way around.
And as you do that top stitch, you'll go ahead andyou'll catch this seam.
And then give it a little bit of a press and you're good to go.