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    Question Have an old wool sweater grandmother knit

    for my mother, it is a cardigan, found it, washed it carefully has a couple holes in the front and stains. It is nice and with my grandmother or great aunt, not sure, having knit it, would like to keep. The best and only thing I can think to do is cut out the back and somehow attach a backing to it and make a doll quilt for gd to play with. Anyone ever done anything such as this? Any suggestions would be great. And thank you.

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    Have you thought about felting it? There are a lot of projects online for felted wool.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I have never done this myself, but I saw a very clever bag made from a "boiled" wool sweater. Take off the sleeves and sew up the sides, open the shoulder seams for the bag opening and close the bottom. The bag still had sweater buttons on it and the sleeves were used to make the handles. The whole thing was lined. I hope this made sense. If you are interested send me a PM and I will try to get more information.

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    I really like the doll quilt idea.

    What I would do is keep all the seams associated with the back in place when cutting away the front and sleeves. This would keep the knitted back intact. I would probably hand baste the quilt backing in place to make sure everything lies flat. Then I would *carefully* machine stitch using a long basting stitch all around. If everything looks good, I would go over that with a shorter machine stitch to add strength. Next step would be to mark the cutting line using a ruler and Sharpie permanent marker. I would stitch stitch the binding on before cutting, to ensure that the cut knitting doesn't come apart or interfere with the sewing. Next-to-last step would be to cut along the marked lines. Last step would be to turn the binding and hand sew to the other side.

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    Thank you, will think about the felting. Still thinking of a small blanket, I think.

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    Or you could make a pillow top.

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    Many moons ago I had an idea to decorate my craft/sewing room with sweaters my granny knitted for me when I was a child. I wanted to put the sweaters between two glass panels and hang them on the wall. We moved and I just created a new sewing room so thank you for reminding me. I could not bring myself to cut the sweaters my granny made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tashana View Post
    Many moons ago I had an idea to decorate my craft/sewing room with sweaters my granny knitted for me when I was a child. I wanted to put the sweaters between two glass panels and hang them on the wall. We moved and I just created a new sewing room so thank you for reminding me. I could not bring myself to cut the sweaters my granny made.
    Hope I can manage to get this done, if not it will end up folded up somewhere and I will forget all about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judylg View Post
    for my mother, it is a cardigan, found it, washed it carefully has a couple holes in the front and stains. It is nice and with my grandmother or great aunt, not sure, having knit it, would like to keep. The best and only thing I can think to do is cut out the back and somehow attach a backing to it and make a doll quilt for gd to play with. Anyone ever done anything such as this? Any suggestions would be great. And thank you.

    I knit and at times have started a sweater I didn't want to finish. I've make quite a few pillow tops from the partial sweaters.
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    I'm going to be looking for a tutorial on wool mittens made from old wool sweaters. It also involves boiling the wool. The insides are made from either fleece or old cashmere sweaters. I saw some that a friend of mine made and they are fabulous! If anyone knows of a tutorial or pattern, please let me know!

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