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How To Help Save The Planet By Making Yarn Out Of T-Shirts

Have you heard of the term “upcycling”? It’s pretty much the fancy way of saying that you have repurposed something that you own into something new. Or maybe you’ve heard the term “zero waste” living being tossed around.

Both of these terms serve the same purpose. They are both based on the philosophy of reusing what you have to create something different or to reduce the amount of waste that we are putting in the environment by using reusable items instead of plastic or paper products.

What does this have to do with making your own yarn? This tutorial is going to show you how to make your own cotton yarn out of your old t-shirts.

If you are an avid crafter, like me, and you care about the environment, then making your own yarn makes sense.

Plus I saw a ball of yarn in Micheals, Lion Brand Re-Up Yarn, that is made from recycled materials. It’s nice to see that even the big brands are getting on board with the upcycling trend.

While this yarn wasn’t expensive ($2 a ball), why drive all the way to store to buy recycled yarn when you can make your own cotton yarn from t-shirts you already have at home.

Are you ready? Let’s make some yarn.

To make your own cotton yarn or t-yarn you will need the following supplies:

Supplies needed to make t-shirt yarn: t-shirt, rotary cutter, cutting mat, scissors, and a ruler.

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  • 100 % cotton t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Self-healing cutting mat (optional)
  • Rotary cutter (optional)
  • Washable marker(optional)

Selecting The Right T-shirt

The best t-shirts to use for this project are 100% cotton t-shirts without side seams and with minimal designs. If you use a t-shirt with print on it, then the yarn will not be a uniform color and if the design is vinyl you will not be able to stretch the shirt properly to turn it into yarn.

For this project, we are making a continuous ball of yarn. If the shirt has side seams you will have to remove the seams, which will prevent you from making a continuous ball of cotton yarn.

The amount of yarn that you will make depends on two factors.

  • Shirt size (bigger is better)
  • Strip size

How to Make T-Shirt Yarn (T- Yarn)

Step 1: Cut Your T-Shirt

Lay your t-shirt down on a flat surface (right side up). Using your ruler as a guide cut a straight line across your shirt underneath the sleeves. Set aside the top half of the shirt.

You can either use a seam ripper and take out the bottom hem or cut the bottom hem off. It’s up to you. I cut the bottom hem off.

Clear ruler placed underneath the arms of a t-shirt.
Cur off the bottom of the shirt.

Step 2: Line Up The Edges

Turn your shirt sideways so that the side of the shirt is at the top of your workspace. Fold the bottom half of the shirt up to the top. Leave an inch gap between the bottom edge and top edge.

Fold the edges of the shirt up leaving a 1 inch gasp.

Step 3: Cut Small Strips

Using your ruler and scissors cut the t-shirt into 1-inch strips( if you want thinner yarn make ½ in or ¾ in strips).

DO NOT…I repeat DO NOT cut all the way to the top. Stop cutting 1 inch away from the top of the shirt.

T-shirt cut into 1 inch strips.
Only cut to the inch mark.

I prefer to use my rotary cutter and ruler for this part just because it makes my strips more uniform in size. (I struggle with cutting things in a straight line.)

Your shirt should look like this:

Cut strips of yellow fabric.
Unfolded strips

Step 4: Make 1 Continuous Strip

Put your hand inside of the shirt to separate the strips. Find the uncut part of the shirt and lay it flat on your workspace (as flat as you can). This is the tricky part so take your time.

Kinda looks like a skeleton rib cage.

Starting at the middle of the first strip you are going to cut the strip diagonally to the first cut. Then you cut the next strip, starting in the middle, cut diagonally to the next strip.

Honestly, I had to use a marker to create a guide so that I knew where I was supposed to be cutting. Once I got the hang of it I didn’t need the guide anymore.

Cut each strip diagonally to the next strip.

You should end up with one long continuous strip.

Continuous t-shirt strip.
Continuous t-shirt strip.

Quick note: try not to cut the middle pieces too thin or else the t-shirt will break when we start to create the yarn in the next step.

Step 5: Pull

Now, the easy part.

Take the end of your t-shirt and stretch it. As you stretch the shirt you will notice that the strip will get thinner and that the raw edges will curl in on themselves.

Continue this process until you’ve finished the whole strip.

Pile of completed t-tarn.
Stretched t-shirt

Then wrap it up into a ball.

yellow ball of t-shirt yarn with a metal crochet hook.
Ball of T-yarn

Congratulations! You’ve just made your first ball of t-yarn and helped the planet.

How does making your own yarn help save the planet?

drop of water
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

According to the Lion Brand website,” It takes, on average, 20,000 liters of water to make 1 kilogram of cotton. By using one 70 gram ball of Re-Up you are saving 1,400 liters of water.”

A ball of Re-Up Yarn will give you 114 yd (105 m) of 4 medium weight yarn.

Depending on the size shirt you used you can easily get 150+ yds of yarn. Plus you didn’t have to drive to the store, which reduced your carbon footprint for today.

You’ve also kept a t-shirt from going to the landfill

Did you know:

  • It takes 1,800 gallons of water to make 1 pair of blue jeans.
  • 400 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make 1 plain cotton t- shirt. (treehugger.com)

What Can I Make With T-Yarn?

If you made 1-inch strips you can use a size 5mm crochet hook or larger on your yarn.

You should be able to make anything that requires a 5mm crochet hook and cotton yarn.

If you are interested in using all of your t-shirt to make yarn check out this youtube tutorial on how to make t-yarn using the whole shirt.

Need some crafty ideas on what to make with your new yarn? Check out this list of Top 20 t-shirt yarn projects by Sustain My Craft Habit.

If don’t want to make your own t-yarn you can buy t-yarn on Etsy.

What are some other ways that we could upcycle a t-shirt to help reduce waste?

Share your ideas in the comment section. Don’t forget to like, share and follow my blog to keep up to date on my latest post.

Until Next Time,

The Crafty Afro

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How To Design and Create Your Own Crochet Patterns For Beginners

Have you ever wondered how the people on sites like Ravelry and Etsy come up with those awesome crochet patterns? Have you ever wanted to try your hand at creating your own crochet patterns to sell or to list for free?

Honestly, if you’re interested in making money in the crochet world making and selling your own patterns is the way to go.

As a beginner crocheter, you may not feel like you how the skills to create your own crochet designs and write your own patterns.

But I’m here to tell you that if you have the basic crochet skills down, then you have what it takes to design and write your own crochet patterns.

So let’s get to it.

The Design Process

Find Inspiration

The first thing that you need to do is figure out what it is you want to create. If you are new to crochet or you don’t know many of the advanced crochet stitches I would start with something easy.

Some of the best and easiest crochet items for beginners are:

  • Dishcloths & Hand towels
  • Scarves
  • Baby blankets
  • Coffee Cozies
  • Headbands
  • Boot cuffs
  • Pillows
  • Coasters and
  • Hair Bows

If you are a little more advanced or want to challenge your skills you could try designing your own garments, purses or stuffed animals (amigurumi).

For example, a few months ago I attempted to crochet a replica of one of my favorite shirts that had become… shall we say a bit too small and had a little run-in with some bleach.

I’ve crocheted a cardigan before so I figured why not try to make my own sweater. That project was the inspiration for this blog post.

Start with the basics

Now, that you have decided what item you want to make you need to ask yourself a few basic questions.

1. What kind of stitches will you use?

I would suggest you start making something using a combination of the basic crochet stitches.

Basic Crochet Stitches:

  • Single crochet
  • Half double crochet
  • Double crochet
  • Treble crochet

These stitches can be used in combination to make interesting patterns and textures or you can use just one specific stitch. It just depends on the look you are going for.

Other ways you can add texture to your work are by using the following types of stitches:

  • Stitching in the front or back loops only (ribbed effect)
  • Shell stitches
  • V stitches
  • Post stitches

Remember you can use any combination of stitches that you want in your design.

Just make sure it is something that you are comfortable with and something that you can explain to somebody else.

To create a crocheted replica of the sweater I used single and double crochet stitches.

I used single crochet stitches at the base and the rest was made using double crochet stitches and single stitches for the border.

2. Are there any special skills you need to complete your work?

As a beginner, you might not know many of the advanced stitches, but don’t let that stop you.

However, there are still some basic skills that you need to make sure you freshen up on before you start creating your work.

For instance, will you be using one color or will you be using multiple colors? If you are using multiple colors you will need to make sure that you know how to change colors.

If you are going for a ribbed look, do you know the difference between the front loop and the back loops?

When you get to the end of your row how many chains do you need to do create before you turn the work so that your stitches are the same height?

To an experienced crocheter these may not seem like special skills, but if you’re a novice they are skills that are essential to your success as a designer and a pattern maker.

When I decided to create a crocheted replica of my shirt I had to know how to change colors, how to increase and decrease stitches and how to sew the two panels together.

All of these are basic skills, but I usually make blankets or scarves, which usually don’t require you to increase or decrease stitches nor do they require you to sew two pieces together.

3. What type of yarn will you need?

The next piece of information you will need is what type of yarn will you use? If you are making a dishcloth you will want to use something absorbent like cotton yarn.

If you are making a blanket or scarf acrylic or wool yarn would work just fine.

Most crocheted items are used making size 4 yarn. But maybe you want something super warm and squishy, then a bulky or super bulky yarn would work best.

If your making something a little more dainty and lacy then a size 3 or lower yarn would be the best option for your project.

5. What’s the size?

The final question that we need to ask ourselves is how big do we want our project to be.

For items like dish clothes, scarves and even baby blankets size is not that big of a deal. However, if you are concerned you can always look up what the average size of these items are.

Knowing the size of your item is important for making things like sweaters, hats, etc.

All bodies are not created equal and having correct measurements is a must when making any type of garment.

This information will also give you a rough estimate of how much yarn you will need to buy to complete your project.

Write Down Everything

Once you’ve gotten the basics figured out now it’s time for the fun part. Creating your masterpiece!

I assume you are reading this blog post because you want other people to be able to make your marvelous new creation.

If you want to be able to share your pattern with the rest of the world you will need to write down EVERYTHING.

If you took measurements. Write it down. If you changed colors in the middle of row 11 on stitch 22. Write it down.

If you don’t count the turning chain as a stitch. Write it down.

Whatever you do from this point on make sure you write it down. It doesn’t have to be neat, but it does need to be written down somewhere.

I can’t tell you how many scarves or blankets that I’ve created that I wish I had written down what I had done.

If you don’t write down what you are doing you will forget what you did by the time you are finished.

As you can see from my diagram. I wrote down everything I did and the measurements that I took on one sheet of paper.

It is important to note that in this phase, you will probably start over many times. But keep working at it until it turns out the way you want it too.

The crocheted sweater I made came out the way I wanted to, as far as the way it looks. But after making it and trying it on I realized that the yarn I had used was too bulky and stiff.

So I’ll have to try it again with a thinner yarn. But it wasn’t a total loss. I could rework the pattern and take out the increase to make it a “normal” fitting sweater.

This step will also make writing your final pattern easier, we’ll talk about that in the next section.

Will You Need a Gauge Swatch?

At some point you may want to create a gauge swatch for your pattern. If you are making a sweater, hat, cardigan etc these are very important and need to be included in your pattern.

This will help the person reading your pattern determine what size hook and tension they will need to use to get the same look and dimensions of your finished work.

Gauge swatches are usually a 4x4in square and include the type of stitch, the number of stitches it took to get 4 inches wide and the number of rows it took to get 4 inches in height.

Example Gauge Swatch: 10hdc and 4 rows created a 4×4 in square using a size M hook (the hook size is mentioned in the supplies section of the pattern).

Depending on how tightly or loosely the person reading your pattern crochets will determine if they can use the same hook size or if they will need to go up or down a hook size.

Writing the Pattern

If you remembered to write down everything you did during the design process. Then this part will be relatively easy.

All you have to do is transfer what you wrote down into a standard crochet pattern format.

Use Standard Crochet Terminology & Abbreviations

Before you begin writing your pattern you will need to become familiar with the basic terminology and abbreviations used in crochet patterns

Depending on what part of the world you live in some of the terms and abbreviations are not the same. For example, in the UK a single crochet is called a double crochet.

When I first started crocheting I didn’t know that the names for stitches and hook size were different. The first time I tried to follow a pattern written by someone in the UK I was thoroughly confused.

Here are a few of the basic abbreviations and terms used in the US and the UK when writing crochet patterns.

Common Crochet Pattern Terms and Abbreviations (US & UK)

Us Term

US Abbreviation

UK Term

UK Abbreviation

Chain

ch.

Chain

ch

Single Chain

sc

Double crochet

dc

Half Double Crochet

hdc

Half Treble Crochet

htr

Double Crochet

dc

Treble Crochet

tr

Treble Crochet

tr

Double Treble Crochet

dtr

Slip Stitch

ss or sl

Slip stitch

ss or sl

Yarn Over

yo

Yarn Over

yo

Explain Any Special Stitches Used

If you used a special stitch or technique that might not be familiar to the person reading your pattern you will need to provide an explanation of this stitches for your readers.

You can provide this information at the beginning of your pattern or you can explain it in the pattern.

If it’s something that is going to be done frequently or is a major part of the design I would explain it at the beginning of your pattern.

For example if you used a cluster stitch in your pattern in the section for special stitches you would explain how to do a cluster stitch. It would look something like this:

Cluster stitch (cl): yo, insert hook, yo, draw loop through, yo, draw through 2 loops over 3 stitches, yo and draw through all loops on the hook.

You could explain it again in the pattern if you think it will be easier for the reader to understand in the context of the pattern.

Basic Crochet Pattern Outline

Hopefully, you took excellent notes during the design phase. If you did, writing your crochet pattern will be a breeze.

Now that we’ve covered the basics I’m going to provide you with an outline to use to write your pattern. You can also download my free crochet pattern template here as an editable word document.

Basic Crochet Pattern Outline

Title:

Materials Needed: {yarn used (include size,color, and brand), hook sizes, scissors, needle, etc go here in bulleted form)

Gauge: (if needed)

4×4 in gauge square: 11 hdc wide and 4 rows

Special Stitches: (if needed)

Finished measurements:

Skill level( is this pattern suitable for beginners,intermediate, or advanced skill levels)

Pattern

Ch. 36 (always start with the number of single crochets used in the starting chain) This does not count as a row.

Row 1: insert hook into 2nd ch from the hook, sc in each stitch (35) ← this number indicates the total number of stitches at the end of row 1. If you are not adding or removing stitches then this number isn’t necessary at the end. Ch 1 and turn. Indicate how many stitches are in the turning chain

Row 2: sc in 2nd ch from the hook and across the rest of the chain, ch 1 and turn (35)

Row 3: repeat row 1. Ch 2 and turn (35)

*If you have repeating rows you do not have to keep writing the same thing over and over again. Simply write row 3-row 5: repeat row 2.

If your super lazy like I tend to be sometimes you can just right R instead of row.

R 4: 2 dc in 1st ch from the hook, dc across, 2 dc in the last stitch, ch 2 and turn (37)

R5-R17: repeat R4 (57)

Cut yarn, tie off, and weave in any loose ends.

Optional Information

At the end of the pattern you can include any other information you would like.

Some designers indicate whether people are allowed to create and sell the items they made from this pattern as long as they give credit to the author in this section.

If your handy with a camera you could create a tutorial and insert the video or link here.

Now to our final and most important step before you hit that publish button!

Test Your Pattern

The last thing you want to do before you submit your crochet pattern to the world wide web is to test your pattern.

You can either find a friend to test your pattern or you can set it aside for a few days and come back to the pattern and try to make it again yourself.

If you do this part it’s important that you follow the pattern as you have written it. If you notice any mistakes or can’t figure out what to do next, chances are neither will a complete stranger on the internet.

The best thing you can do is take notes on what went right and what went wrong. Then you will have to go back and tweak your pattern.

If you can get somebody else to test your pattern that’s even better. Make sure you ask them to leave you feedback.

Final Thoughts

I hope you found this post helpful and informative.If you create and design your own pattern please share your success with me. I’d love to hear and see all the wonderful things you have made.

I would not consider myself a pro at crocheting so if there is something I’ve missed or you have any questions please feel free to contact me or leave a comment.

Once again if you would like the free crochet pattern template you can download it here.

If you thought this post was awesome please share it or save it on Pinterest.

Until Next Time,

The Crafty Afro

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Crochet Blankets and Scarves for Christmas

It’s Christmas eve and I’ve finally finished all of those crocheted Christmas presents that I foolishly promised people I would make. A superman themed baby blanket, 2 blankets (lap blankets), and a hat and scarf set.

The first blanket I made using:

Isaac Mizrahi Yarn (Sutton, 7 balls)

Q/16 mm Hook

Darning needle

I really love the color of this yarn. It’s a super bulky yarn so the project worked up pretty quickly.

I’m not big on fashion, but apparently, Isaac Mizrahi is an important designer. I was lucky and found this yarn on sale at A.C. Moore. Seven balls of yarn for $5.

The pattern for this yarn consisted of double crochets and single crochets. Unfortunately, I forgot to bookmark the pattern. If I find the link I will make sure to add it to the site.

The second blanket I made using:

Isaac Mizrahi Yarn (Sutton, 7 balls)

P/11.5 mm Hook

Darning Needle

I used the same yarn for this blanket I just used a different pattern. Instead of trying to do something fancy I just made a blanket using granny squares. Since the yarn acrylic and wool, both blankets turned out to be pretty warm.

My last Christmas gift was a hat and yarn set. Honestly, I really like the scarf, but I’m not thrilled about the hat. She wanted a slouchy had, but somehow it didn’t turn on like I imagined.

For this project I used:

Grey Crochet Hat & Yarn Set

Studio Classic Yarn (Grey, 1 Jumbo roll)

K/6.50 mm Hook

L/8.00 mm Hook

Darning needle

I followed the pattern here to make the slouchy hat. However, I didn’t have bulky yarn so I just used two strands of the grey yarn.

Grey crochet hat

The scarf was made using a half double crochet stitch with the stitches crocheted in the back loops only.

Chain 142 stitches

Round 1: Insert hook into the second chain, half double crochet into that stitch and all the remaining stitches.

Round 2: Chain 1. Half double crochet into the back loops only. Repeat until you achieve the desired width.

Then I added the tassels at the end.

The hat is not my best work. I am still trying to figure out what kind of embellishments to put on it to make it look better. However, the scarf turned out great.

Until Next Time,

The Crafty Afro

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Crocheted Toddler Hooded Cardigan

Fall is almost over and I’m finally getting back to that crocheted toddler hooded cardigan I discovered on Pinterest.

You know that one I started a few months ago, but abandoned it because I finished the body of the cardigan only to realize it was too small for my daughter.

I’m not really sure why it took me so long to get back to it. I think I was just really disappointed that it turned out wrong.

On the positive side, I did learn a lesson from my mishap and why it’s important to use the correct gauge when crocheting garments. I’m actually looking forward to crocheting an oversized sweater for myself that I saw on youtube.

After, getting over my disappointment I decided to give it another try. And this time it turned out just right! (Following instructions can be a good thing).

For this project I used the following:

  • Purple Yarn ( Caron Kindness Yarn) – 1 Ball
  • Robins Egg Blue Yarn( Caron Kindness Yarn )- I Ball
  • M13/9.00 mm Hook
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors
  • Instructions for 2T/3T pattern

The instructions for this pattern suggests that you use a size J/6mm hook. However, I tend to crochet very tightly so I had to use a bigger hook( M13/9.00 mm) to get the correct gauge. I also used the 2t/3t pattern, which the author suggested because my daughter is a little on the chunky side.

In my opinion, I think this hoodie is the perfect starter garment for a beginner. Most of the garment is made using half double crochets. The hardest part, for me, was creating the stitches for the edging.

However, instead of doing the edging described in the pattern I decided to just crochet in the back loops only instead of trying to do the alternating front post and back post stitches.

Besides changing the edging the only other change I made was adding the design to the back of the hoodie. In my post on the corner to corner Superman Blanket, I mentioned graphagens.

A graphagen is a pictorial representation of a design you want to crochet. I’m not sure if you’re only supposed to use them for the corner to corner patterns, but I figured I would give it a try.

I used some graph paper and tried to draw out the diagram for the butterfly (Yes, that’s supposed to be a butterfly lol) and to keep track of how many rows I’d done.

As you can see from the picture it didn’t really turn out exactly as planned. I’m not sure if it was because of the half double crochet stitches or if it was just me.

I did pretty well on the first part of the graphic, but then as I went on I kept getting everything mixed up. According to my diagram, the other blue spot is supposed to be on the opposite side of the top wing. Not on the same side.

Sometimes I think my ideas are a little bit bigger than my skill set. If I could add anything else to this hoodie it would probably be a few buttons to help keep it closed. But my daughter doesn’t seem to mind that it doesn’t have any.

Even though it took me two tries, I eventually got it done. Personally, I think it turned out great!

Until Next Time,

The Crafty Afro

 

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Crochet Superman Themed Corner to Corner Blanket

A few weeks ago I decided to send out a text to family and friends stating that I would only be making handmade gifts for Christmas this year. Then in my infinite wisdom, I proceeded to give a list of the things I could make…scarves, blankets, dish towel sets, etc. (Thinking they would pick something easy like the dish towel set.)

I’m not sure why I told grown people that I could make blankets. The largest blanket I have ever made was for a baby! And I was over making that blanket within a few days. Now I have two requests for adult blankets and one baby blanket!

I figured I would start with the easiest blanket first. My cousin is pregnant and her baby is due December 1st. Of course, she didn’t want a simple blanket, but a Superman blanket. So I scoured the internet for different superman baby blanket patterns.

And this is where I stumbled upon the corner to corner stitch and all the amazing blankets that could be made using this stitch. The stitch itself is not very complicated once you get the hang of it.

It’s primarily made of single chain and double crochet stitches. If you know how to make a shell stitch then corner to corner is quite easy.

I decided to create my own version of the blanket instead of trying to follow the graphgan, which I wouldn’t have been able to do anyway, because I had no idea how to crochet a C2C stitch.

I found a simple corner to corner written tutorial on Craftsy. Once I got the hang of that I was ready to try to create my own rendering of a Superman-themed blanket.

For this project I used:

  • Red Yarn – Studio Classic (1 ball)
  • Blue Yarn- Loops & Threads (1 ball)
  • Soft Yellow Yarn- Studio Classic (1 ball)
  • Black Yarn- Red Heart (1 ball)
  • Scissors
  • K/6.5 MM Hook
  • Darning Needle

The completed blanket was supposed to be a 36in square. However, my husband and I are superhero nerds (he’s a Batman fan) and as I was working on decreasing the number of chains he said that it looked like the Superman logo.

I was a little hesitant about following his suggestion and just leaving it as is, but once I finished the project I was very pleased with the results. ( He also suggested outlining everything in black.)

The measurements for the blanket are as follows: both sides – 24in, top 26.5in.

How to Make the Blanket

Increasing (Rows 1-31)

Starting with the red yarn you will create 15 rows (the last row should contain 17 blocks)

Change to blue yarn and create 15 rows (the last row should contain 32 blocks)

Change to yellow yarn and create 1 row (the last row should contain 33 blocks)

Decreasing (Rows 32 – 43)

In the next row you will continue to use the yellow yarn, but at this point, you will begin decreasing the number of blocks you have.

Decrease using the yellow yarn for 11 rows. The final row should have 21 blocks.

Tie off your yarn and weave in all the loose tails if you haven’t already.

Border

Starting in the bottom corner of row 1 single crochet around the entire blanket using the black yarn. When you get back to the corner tie off your yarn and weave in the tail.

At this point your blanket should look like this:

The Superman Logo

For this part of the project, you will only need the red and black yarn.

To create the S used for the Superman logo I followed the youtube video here.

This was the hardest part of the project. It took me a while to understand the directions in the video. To create this logo you will need to know/learn how to do a single chain foundation stitch and how to crochet stitches together.

In the video when she refers to the single chain side of the foundation chain she is talking about the side of the work that has single chain stitches. (It took me a few tries to figure this part out). I ended up making this logo twice before I got it right. Third times the charm.

Border

Once you have completed your logo, then you use the black yarn and single crochet around the outside of the logo and the inside. Make sure to leave a tail long enough to sew each part of the work to the blanket.

Your superman logo should end up looking like this:

Final Steps

The last part of this project is sewing the Superman Logo onto your blanket. I started sewing at the bottom of the logo and worked my way around, then I sewed parts of the S on the inside that I wanted to lay flat.

You can hide any loose tails you had from attaching the black yarn underneath the logo or you can weave them into the border before sewing it on.

Once you have attached the logo your finished blanket should look amazing! And you should give yourself a pat on the back for getting that logo done!

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed working on this blanket and I hope my cousin likes it. If I could change anything about it I think I would have added more rows of the red yarn.

I also would have preferred for the black yarn not to be seen on the back of the work when I sewed the logo on, but I guess that’s what using a graphgan is for. I’m sure I could have hidden the yarn better during the sewing process.

If you have any tips or suggesting let me know. This is the first time I have ever provided instructions on how I created something. Please forgive me if there is a lack of detail.

If you decide to make this project please let me know or share a picture of it with me in the comments section. If you have questions about anything that I did please ask.

That’s one gift done. Now onto the next one.

Until Next Time,

The Crafty Afro