Please don’t cut up anything for the sake of it. Make sure it is completely beyond repair or already has been cut up. There are sites on ebay that sell pieces of Welsh Blanket to make craft projects with. It doesn’t have to be a Welsh blanket anything will do really, an old shrunken woollen jumper or an old bit of fleece blanket, the choice is yours…
There are two ways to make this heart with the stitching showing (FOLLOW B) or without the stitching showing (FOLLOW A). Personally I prefer the stitching showing but you decide??!!
You will need:
Scissors, Small piece of Blanket, Toy filling, Darning needle, Embroidery thread, Heart stencil.
1: A and B Draw around your heart stencil and cut out two heart shapes.
2: A Right sides in pin your heart together remembering to leave a gap to turn inside out and for filling
B: Right sides out pin your heart together remembering to leave a gap for filling.
3: A Sew around the (heart hand sew or sewing machine) remembering to leave a gap for turning right way around and filling.
B: Blanket stitch around the heart remembering to leave a gap for filling.
4: A Turn the heart right side out and fill to give this heart some life.
B: Just fill the heart through the gap.
5: A and B Hand sew to close the gap you used to fill the heart.
6: A and B Choose your ribbon and sew it into place at the centre top of the heart! add a button or two if you want and hang and admire!! You may want to sew the buttons on first (before sewing anything) but I did it last as it made a nice dimple effect in the centre of the heart
I love Welsh Blankets and I have a little collection of my own scattered around the house.They are steeped in Welsh history and an important part of my Welsh heritage. At one point many years ago there were Welsh woollen mills all over Wales. I recently visited a huge collection of Welsh blankets in Ceredigion. Jane Becks shop www.welshblankets.co.uk/ is nestled in the Welsh countryside, I had a very warm welcome and I came away with a cute Welsh Blanket chicken.
I like to think I’ve rescued the blankets from the charity shops or boot sales, which is where I usually find them. Sometimes the blankets are so badly ripped and holey they are beyond repair. These are the only blankets I would take a scissors too and I will up cycle into something else so they can live on a few more years!! Although my latest finds are usually met with Muummm not another blanket!!
I recently found a small (already cut up) piece of Welsh tapestry blanket in a charity shop. I did a bit of research and I discovered it had come from a Woollen Mill in Ceredigion Wales and it was made 100 years ago!!! I up cycled it into two little shawls for rag dolls I’d made.
I have up cycled Welsh blankets into hearts and cushions too. Follow my easy tutorial on Welsh Blanket hearts to make one for yourself or follow my crochet edge Welsh blanket tutorial and give a beautiful finish to a blanket.
I have another crafty love which is crochet. I am a simple crochet lover and have made many beautiful crochet items for my home and for friends. I find it very relaxing and a great thing for me when I’m stressed or feeling low, my brain only has to think about my crochet stitches I am doing, everything else Swirling around in my brain has to wait as I’m so engrossed in my stitches!! I now meet with a group of friends around my kitchen table usually eating too much cake while we crochet.
The pictures are just a few things I have made.
Once I’d mastered a few simple stitches I just had a go at what I fancied. I self taught myself from watching youtube channels and reading simple steps in crochet magazines and I just built up my skills from there. My lovely auntie also showed me some techniques which helped me along the way. I love crochet as its easily transportable too! all I need is my hook and my ball of wool.
There are loads of tutorials out there and you need to find the best one for you. I tend to look at a few different ones showing the same thing to give me an overall idea.
This is a really simple youtube crochet tutorial you can follow to teach yourself the basics. Once you’ve got the basics under your belt move on to the next simple stitch. This tutorial is from momof5daughters.com