Upcycled Autumn Blanket

With the nights drawing in and the weather getting colder why not make a throw from an old blanket?

We made ours from a single pale green blanket that had seen better days. It was a bit stained and holey so we decided to dye it and appliqué leaves over the holes. Cath Kidston have some great leafy fabric this season so we used their leaves for the appliqué and another of their fabrics to make a bound edge.

You will need

1 blanket

Dylon Machine dye in forest green

1m of Cath Kidston woodland fabric and 1m of woodland rose cotton duck Fabric to make. bias binding

2packets of fusible webbing


Dressmakers pins


Korbond water erasable  pen

Dressmakers tape

Dressmakers scissors


Sewing machine


  1. Following instructions on the packet to dye the blanket. It will felt it slightly too.  Leave blanket to dry.
  2. Iron bondaweb onto the back of the leafy fabric. Cut out the leaves. Peel off the backing paper.
  3. Pin the first leaves so they cover any holes. Arrange other leaves evenly over the blanket.
  4. Iron each leaf in place. Check you have removed all the pins, then sew each leaf onto the blanket.
  5. Cut  the bound strip off each end of the blanket.
  6. Fold the Contrast fabric on the cross and measure a depth of 5cm. Draw a straight line and cut lengths of bias.
  7. Sew the bias strip round the blanket first on one side and then fold over onto the other side of the blanket and we it. Note you will have to ease round the corners of the blanket to fit the bias evenly.





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