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A Year of “Re”: Doubling Down on Reuse

When I start my annual monthly challenges, I’m never sure if I am going to make it to the end. Hope springs eternal in January when the idea is fresh and new. As the year goes along, I worry that inspiration will dry up or I’ll get bored, or both. But here we are in eleventh month and I am still finding fun projects to “Re.” My card for this round was “reuse.” It just so happened that this summer I decided to change up the bedroom décor and I had a lightly used bedspread just waiting to be reused.

Folded quilted gray bedspread and card with the word "reuse" lying on a wooden deck.

 

Reuse a Bedspread

I decided I would make myself a new jacket-coat-wrap sort of thing for the few weeks of fall weather that I would be enjoying at our Michigan home.

Reuse project: a bedspread draped over a deck railing

Make a jacket with pockets

My bedspread was plenty big, so I planned a generous swingy silhouette with ginormous pockets.

Sketch of a jacket alongside a bedspread and reuse card

The bedspread’s edge was finished with a bias binding, and I thought I might just remove it and reuse it for the edges of my jacket. Boy, did that sound like a lot of work. Instead, I cut the pieces to make use of the already bound edges and figured out a way to join and finish them by releasing just the area on either side of the seams. That would be way easier.

I found a cool ceramic button that I bought eons ago at an art fair that was the perfect color. It had been waiting all these years just for this moment. It tucks in nicely at the corners of the big shawl collar and adds pizazz to the coat.

Closeup of button and loop on gray quilted jacket

The bedspread’s light batting and quilting had the right amount of body to give my reused coat a soft, cozy feel.

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  1. paulaj | | #1

    Great idea for using the bedspread and it doesn't even look like a bedspread. Did you use a pattern for the jacket?

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      beckyf | | #2

      I used a self drafted pattern. It’s basically a dropped shoulder swing coat that gets new collars and closings every time I use it. I like working with patterns that I have honed the fit on. When I know it will fit I can concentrate on the fun stuff!

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