My newest obsession involves men's wool jackets.
Purchased from charity shops, thrift stores, and garage sales, these inexpensive jackets supply this crafter with beautiful, high-quality fabric.
After successfully creating a cover for my laptop from the above men's jacket, and unsuccessfully creating a tree skirt from a few others, I knew I could re-purpose them one more time in the form of a small lap quilt.
I began cutting the jackets into 7" squares, intentionally incorporating the pockets, sleeve buttons, and existing seams.
When that was no longer possible, I cut 4" x 7" rectangles knowing that when I sewed two together using a 1/2" seam I'd end up with a 7" square.
Once I had all the possible pieces cut, I began to sew them together.
I started by pairing up and sewing all of my 4" x 7" rectangles, then combining my squares into 4-squares. I then laid them out to determine how I wanted the finished quilt to be arranged. Once that was determined, I sewed them all together.
I used a lightweight quilt batting and backed it with flannel.
I simply tied the quilt layers together using yarn.
This small lap quilt is packed with personality, whimsy, and charm - the secret compartment pocket being my son's favorite thing of all!
All photographs taken by Paulette Rodriguez.