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Thread: How to Make an Easy Patchwork Jacket

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    I hope everyone that makes one of the jackets will post a picture. It will be fun to see how many of us were inspired by the beautiful examples and clear step-by-step directions. Thanks!

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    Boy do I feel dumb. To print (without saving)and get the right side, go to file, page set up and change setting to Landscape. How easy! guess I was looking too hard.

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    All of the jackets look great plan to make one soon.

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    Dotty, she did say to purchase a sweatshirt one size larger than normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimistutz
    I have 2 questions. First, about attaching the patch pieces. I think I have it, but to be sure you attach one piece at a time correct, does it ever get too thick when you zig zag over the same place a couple of times or does that not really happen?
    The other question is, would it make a difference if you turned the shirt inside out and basically sew the pieces to the inside side. Just thought it might make a smoother looking "lining" as long as there wasn't a lot of printed design on the shirt.
    I can't wait to start this project Hey, how about a vest too!
    I haven't had a problem with the pieces or the seams, but if your machine doesn't handle layers very well, you might want to watch that.

    I don't see why you couldn't use the sweatshirt inside out, especially if it's pilled, that would be a good way to recycle it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdieClay
    I hope everyone that makes one of the jackets will post a picture. It will be fun to see how many of us were inspired by the beautiful examples and clear step-by-step directions. Thanks!
    Truly! That would be awesome.

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    I have been following this thread with interest, because I have seen some of these jackets and they look awesome.

    When I get a little more time I will try one for the winter, would be just great for a cold day, bright and warm.

    Elle

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    Quote Originally Posted by UglyCook
    Quote Originally Posted by brendadawg
    I have found that if I don't cut up the front before I put the fabric on, it holds the shape better. I cut off the bottom ribbing, sleeve ribbing, and then cut up the side and sleeve. I leave the neck ribbing on until I've finished. I cut the neck ribbing off, as well as cutting up the center front after I've finished all the "patchwork", and put binding on neck, front, and bottom. I usually put a cuff/border on the sleeve so I can turn up the sleeves a little bit. A lady came to our quilt guild and did a workshop on these shirts. On some of them, she left the neck ribbing on, and put the bottom ribbing back on and didn't cut them up the front -- and her husband wears some of them. The ones she showed us were just gorgeous. I'll see if I can find some pictures and post them later.
    That totally makes sense to hold off on cutting the center. I'll try it that way next time. Can't wait to see your pics.
    I've also seen this same method used but using Bargello strips instead. Makes a very striking jacket but I haven't had time to try it yet.
    What a wonderful tute you gave us. Thanks so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mimistutz
    I have 2 questions. First, about attaching the patch pieces. I think I have it, but to be sure you attach one piece at a time correct, does it ever get too thick when you zig zag over the same place a couple of times or does that not really happen?
    The other question is, would it make a difference if you turned the shirt inside out and basically sew the pieces to the inside side. Just thought it might make a smoother looking "lining" as long as there wasn't a lot of printed design on the shirt.
    I can't wait to start this project Hey, how about a vest too!
    I usually work 3-4 pieces at a time, as many as you can zig-zag around and have them pretty much stay in place. I have used Roxanne's glue also. Just make certain the pieces are so close they touch one another. I don't sew over the same place twice. I stop when I get to a row of stitches and begin on the other side if necessary. Another method (instead of zig-zagging two pieces together) is to put the pieces on with edges touching. Then use a straight stitch less than 1/4" inside the edge of the fabric on each piece. Then when you wash it, the fabric will fray, a bit of the sweatshirt color might show through, and you'll have a more "raggedy" jacket.

    I'm sure you could turn the shirt inside out, but I just felt the inside was softer. Also, after you get all the pieces on, you can quilt the whole jacket, if you choose to do so. If you have a larger piece of fabric, you can embroider a design on it.

    On my first one, I realized the pieces will seem smaller once you start sewing (LOL). This was a project I worked on in short sessions.

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    UglyCook but pretty quilter hahahahahahah:-D :-D
    Great work :thumbup:

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    Okay, I'm just not gettin' it ... UGLYCook? Generous and Sweet are a couple of words that come to mind to replace "ugly." Thank-you, thank-you THANK-YOU for the wonderful directions. This thread was so informative. I have a couple of sweatshirts that I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep or not - but now I know what to try with them. Loved ALL the suggestions from everyone!!
    Di

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    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU !! I really want to make (a bunch) of these. Nice instructions, I appreciate your hard work in making that for us. Thanks for sharing.

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    Great job! I am going to try it. I am always cold in air conditioning.

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    Great idea for recycling our favorite old sweatshirts, the ones we hate to part with that we'd just gotten broke in good. The sky is the limit & this is a great way to use up stash fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

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    Both are stunning! I also like the idea of adding the cuff to the sleeves for those who want to turn them up.

    Your instructions were so easy to understand. Now I am ready to make my own jacket.

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    One for me and one each of our DGD's. Lots of time to do before their November birthdays.
    Thanks for a clear, amazing tute!

    Sue

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    You are a "dear" for giving us the information. I bought two jacket patterns from Nancy's Notions, but I like your design better. I will never get finished with my ufo's at this rate. Thanks again.

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    Ok, I think I'm ready to start now with one last question. Maybe I missed this, but to add the cuff to turn up, do you just continue with the piecing to the inside of the sleeve?

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    Mimistutz, when I made the cuff, I used a large piece of one of my fabrics (same one I used for the binding on the edges. Put right side of cuff fabric to right side of jacket and attach so that it looks like binding, then fold to inside. As I recall, I ran it about 4-5 inches up inside the sleeve. I'm sure there are others who could tell you how to do this better than I can. I sort of made it up as I went along, since I didn't really know how to do it.

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    http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponlin...=skinny&page=1

    In searching through the Eleanor Burns site, I found these fabrics. Looks like great prices that some of you might like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat G
    http://www.quiltinaday.com/shoponlin...=skinny&page=1

    In searching through the Eleanor Burns site, I found these fabrics. Looks like great prices that some of you might like.
    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brendadawg
    Mimistutz, when I made the cuff, I used a large piece of one of my fabrics (same one I used for the binding on the edges. Put right side of cuff fabric to right side of jacket and attach so that it looks like binding, then fold to inside. As I recall, I ran it about 4-5 inches up inside the sleeve. I'm sure there are others who could tell you how to do this better than I can. I sort of made it up as I went along, since I didn't really know how to do it.
    Thank you, that makes sense. Off I go !

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    This is a great project, very easy. You explained it great. Keep up the good work and keep the ideas coming.
    Clovis, CA

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    This is a sweatshirt jacket I made about a year ago following a pattern. Your tutorial with pictures is much easier! Thanks

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    Oh thats gorgeous, I love the butterfly fabric, but then I would wouldn´t I.

    Elle

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