Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Recycle wool blankets ... Community Centre sewing
Do you remember sleeping under wool blankets before the days of Doonas/duvets, how cosy they used to be, Well I remember my Grandmother have a few really special blankets and I have always wanted to make a few like that. Everytime I visit an Opshop/Goodwill store that is where I head ... too the blankets. I found this lovely pale green wool blanket, not quite a single size but big enough to make my very first blanket for just $5. And then on the same rack a queen sized gingham doona cover for $8, just what I was looking for, and a whole box full of pale blue bais binding for $2 a roll This morning I layed out the donna cover, unpicked a seam or two, and the seam on the edge of the blanket and ironed the seam open/flat with the steam iron. Lay the blanket in between the material flattening it and pinning through the 3 layers. Neatly cutting the blanket to a good size knee blanket. Normally I would zig zag the edges but opted to sew the bais binding on at this point. Technically I should have machine quilted the piece first but I am hoping the safety pins will hold the 3 pieces together so I can hand quilt it. Now Grandma's blanket was made with scraps of material much like a patchwork. Beautiful shades of yellow, orange and browns, But I just opted for the easier method today. Tomorrow I start teaching sewing, crochet and baking to a lovely bunch of refugee ladies from somewhere near Nepal. 2 weeks sewing and 1 week baking, no I was not looking for a job, just happened to be with my neighbour who already works at the Community center. I am taking over her classes while she recovers from a hip replacement and then got roped in into taking these as well Only 3 hrs lessons but we have a language barrier to deal with. Tomoorw we start with draw string bags to keep their wool and needles in and a square pin cushion for their pins. very basic sewing.