Making a Jacket out of a Throw/Blanket

Hi all!

Recently my mother was kind enough to buy me something from the rewards service FlyBuys. I chose a Windermere Alpaca Throw and I was really lucky not to have to pay full price! I thought I would use it to make myself a jacket since I don’t have too many warm things which aren’t big coats. So I decided I would write a big tutorial on how to make a jacket out of it. You can of course use any material and blanket you like, polar fleece is perfect for making nice slouch around home ones.

You will need:

  • A suitable basic pattern, I’m using Kwik Sew 3296
  • About 70”, or 1.8m of fabric. Preferably 60”/150cm wide

1

I cut the throw on the diagonal just to see how it acted and if I could actually sew it together. You can see it is a very open weave but it doesn’t fray. I decided I would just overlock this, but I would say just plain stitching this would also be fine. If you use polar fleece then plain stitching is completely fine and won’t need overlocking.

2

Here’s the throw! It’s so soft and warm and I love the colours, or lack of.

3 pattern

I used Kwik Sew 3296 as my base pattern. I used the B view since I made the jacket hooded. I really do recommend the pattern I used, but any hoodie or easy fit pull on jacket pattern will be fine.

4 sketch

Here’s my sketch of how I planned to put the pattern on the fabric. I wanted to make the coat and sleeves as flared as I could. The throw has little fibrey stringy bits on two edges, I can’t remember the actual name for them but you’ll see them in pictures.

5 fold

First I measured the width of the fabric and halved it. Then I pinned down the fabric to the half line.

6 sleeve

Next I pinned the sleeve piece along the fold, ending it before the stringly bits so that they would hang over my hand. Then with chalk I sketched the line that I wanted the sleeve seam to be.

7 Sleeves

I cut it out and then did the same thing on the other side. Obviously the pattern will come with instructions, I’m just giving a basic outline.

8 front

Next I did a similar thing with the front and backs, placing them on the fold and drawing a line indicating where I wanted it.

9 leftover

Here’s the leftover fabric!

10 hood

I wanted a larger and different shaped hood, I cut out the part that attaches to the jacket the same size as it is on the pattern and then made it taller, and gave it a point on the back. Make sure to cut two.

11 sew shoulder

Now the sewing! I already talked about why I am just overlocking the seams. I started with the shoulder seams, right sides together, front to back.

12 Sew hood

I overlocked the hood pieces together and along the opening of the hood.

13 hood sewn14 sew snowflake

Next I folded the hood opening back and stitched it down using a snowflake decorative stitch.

15 sew hood done

Next I sewed the hood into the neck opening.

16 sew sleeve

I then attached the sleeve to the armhole.

17 sew side

Finally I closed off the sleeve and side seam. And it’s done!

Now here’s a bunch of pictures of me in it to show how it fits. It’s really warm which is nice and I can definitely see myself wearing it with my new Lady K Loves jeans.

C front C fronthood

I think I’ll probably wear this with a belt most of the time when I wear it out. This is the Deadly Dames Wide Velvet Belt.

C belthood

C sidehood C facehood

There we have it! If you can find a nice second hand wool or alpaca throw in a second hand shop that would be great to use. And as I mentioned polar fleece is nice and snuggly.

Byeeee~

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