Wool. . . . One of the most marvelous, classic fabrics you’ll ever use. But, sewing with wool can seem daunting and you may not want to start with a tailored suit. The hats and blankets below are a wonderfully comfortable way to enter the world of wool with easy, successful results!
Learning the Skills
A few tips and techniques will be a tremendous help as you begin your sewing with wool journey. Click here for Julia’s Craftsy post on sewing with fabulous wool. You’ll learn about the amazing properties of this sheep-grown fiber and how to care for it. Then, choose a project below and enjoy using your new skills!
Wool Felt Beret
Top of the list for sewing with wool is this gorgeous Felt Beret designed by Erica Bunker for Berrnina’s We All Sew blog. You’ll need just 1/2 yard of the scrumptious wool felt colors available in your local fabric store or online! Perfect for a beginner, you’ll start by creating a self-drafted pattern using Erica’s clear measurement directions. The beret is fully lined to keep the wool from drying out your hair when worn. Erica includes beautifully photo illustrated directions that are especially helpful for the beret’s lining. It’s a quick and easy project that results in a fashionably professional topper to keep the cold at bay! Click here for the Wool Felt Beret tutorial.
Rosabelle Cloche Hat
For a vibrant vintage look, you’ll be captivated by the Rosabelle Cloche shared on the Sew Mama Sew blog by guest blogger, Wendy. It’s a simple, beautiful design, shown in linen, that will be equally fabulous in a lightweight solid or tweed wool. Wendy’s free pattern, part of her Elsewhen Millinery collection, is presented in a comprehensive 13 page PDF. You’ll find everything you need to know for confidently cutting and constructing her retro vibe cloche including techniques for stabilizing the brim. Along with Wendy’s excellent instructions, she’s included designs for rose embellishments and how to determine your correct hat size. Click here for the Rosabelle Cloche tutorial.
Reversible Wool Hat
Back on the We All Sew blog, pattern designer Daniela offers a cozy-casual Reversible Wool Hat. Stitched from Wool Melton, a traditional wool fabric with a felted (fulled) surface, it will keep your head terrifically toasty in the Winter weather. Choose a plaid, stripe or herringbone for the outside of your ear flap beanie and line it with a coordinating tweed or solid. Daniela’s hat is designed for the circumference that fit her best, but you can easily enlarge or reduce her free pattern for the size you need! Click here for the Reversible Wool Hat tutorial.
Tweedy Wool Patchwork Throw
The Martha Stewart blog features a tremendous wool suit upcycle – a Tweedy Wool Patchwork Throw. The tutorial supplies tips on how many squares you can expect to make per suit and how many you’ll need for your chosen throw size. If you’d prefer, it’s a great technique for a pillow, too. Following the easy steps, disassemble the suits and create a cardboard template for cutting your squares. Be sure to stop by the fabric store to choose a wool flannel for the backing of your throw! If you don’t want to dry clean your throw, try hand washing and line drying a small piece of suit wool before you cut. You may find you like the results and can just the repeat the process with all of your cut apart pieces. Click here for the Tweedy Wool Patchwork Throw tutorial.
Woolly Blanket with Calico Trim
Got wool sweaters and quilting cotton scraps? If so, you’ve got the makings for sewing with wool and designing a Woolly Blanket with Calico Trim! Beata of the Rosehip blog collected wool pieces for years before cutting them into squares and assembling her cheerful blanket. Her patchwork warmer is unlined, but finished with a charming Cotton Calico binding. Beata felted her wools in the washing machine first to prevent fraying and sewed them together with a seam finishing stitch on her sewing machine. She didn’t use a particular design or color pattern and aptly describes this delightful throw as a “happy jumble”. It will definitely make you happy, too! Click here for the Woolly Blanket with Calico Trim tutorial.
Little Houses Wool Blanket
Our last stop at the We All Sew blog proves that sewing with wool truly creates lovely home decor. Fiber arts designer and author Sue Bleiweiss offers her stunning Little Houses Wool Blanket as a free project. Perfect to make for yourself or as a thoughtful gift! Follow Sue’s template for her applique houses or draw your home or that of a friend or family member. Sue’s fusible wool applique technique makes this an easier-than-it-looks project for sewing with wool. Choosing the colors will be artistically satisfying and following her detailed instructions truly enjoyable. The machine blanket stitch Sue used to edge the house appliques adds a happy homespun look to her wonderful design. Varying the number of squares you use means you can easily create a throw of any size you please! Click here for the Little Houses Wool Blanket tutorial.