Sunday, 21 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 21 - Snow Wolves Blanket Poncho

Yesterday I asked you what I would make out of this snappy blanket? It has cool snow wolves on it. I really liked the snaps that I could do up around myself and and get all comfy to watch a movie. But the snaps kept pulling out. So it's time for a make-over! The hint was: Winnipeg chic?

1) Cut out two large rectangles. One for the back and one for the front.

2) Cut out a scooped neckline for the front. Cut out a smaller less scooped neckline for the back. Also round out the bottom corners. (Ack! I cut the poor wolf's eye out!)

3) Sew shoulders together. Binding, binding and more binding. I cut strips of the original blanket for the binding and used a zig zag stitch for extra sturdiness and a little bit of pretty. Bind around the neckline.

4) Bind around the whole bottom and sides on both the back and front. All this crazy binding took me an hour and a half. But it looks really nice :)

5) Sew a few buttons through both layers (front and back) on both sides. I used Elephants, Tigers and Giraffes to go with my wild animal theme. I would have used the existing snaps, but I couldn't come up with a good way to reinforce them so that I wouldn't have them pulling out (which was the whole problem with this fabric in the first place). I had some leftover buttons from a project I did for Logan, so I thought these would make a nice touch.

Pretty sweet eh? Terry says that this blanket poncho reminds him of Scouts because they used to wear something similar around the campfire. I'm totally going to use this method to make many more of these. So handy to throw on and run outside to take the garbage out, or just cuddle in around the house. You could even throw it over or under your winter coat for added warmth. Perfect for surviving a Winnipeg winter. And totally a Winnipeg fashion statement if I ever saw one :)

**** This Snow Wolves Blanket Poncho will be listed at Tawny Bee for ($40). Half the proceeds ($20) from the sale will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010 campaign. ****

Stay tuned tomorrow when I will be making something out of this lovely maternity outfit. I wore this red shirt/black pants combination to work almost everyday while pregnant with Logan. It is in sore need of some reworking. So sick of it! I'm going to need this apple juice container as well. Can you guess what I will make? Hint: Think sexy and cinch it!

Earlier posts in the Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:
General Information
Day 16: Striped Baby Bibs
Day 17: Heart Healthy Sports Bra
Day 18: XOX Bath Puffies
Day 19: Bring Your Own Juice Sling
Day 20: Pink Party Cardy

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