I created this blanket for a wonderful customer, Lori, who found me on Makeably. (If you love custom-made items, check it out!)
She asked if I could make a blanket out of sweaters. I had never made one exclusively out of sweaters, but I did not anticipate a problem.
These were fine-gauge sweaters and they were very similar in style – plain, but of varying colors.
As in all of my custom work, I work closely with the customer to create a product they envision. Lori wanted a floral chintz-like fabric for the background. We shared photos and links of various fabrics until she settled on this lovely floral. She selected a fleece in a spinach green for the backing fabric.
I did not know the story behind the sweaters while I was working on this blanket, so I finally asked Lori. She said,
“I miss my mom so much – every day. We used to torment her about these sweaters. She had one in ever color. How appropriate to have them all together in a beautiful way. She would love this. Thank you again.”
I can’t express, enough, how much I enjoy every aspect of making these blankets. I enjoy selecting the fabrics, talking to my customers and hearing the special memories associated with the shirts and sweaters.
This story made me tear up a bit. Such a sweet idea to use those sweaters for a blanket.
The blanket turned out beautiful! Who would have dreamed? What were the sweaters made of?
Very cool. A treasure they will cherish.
I love the way you hung the blanket to photograph it. I’m always struggling to take pictures of the quilts I make and never thought to do it that way. I’m going to try it with the next one. Thanks for the idea!