Often at Beekman 1802, city meets country.
On a recent trip down the streets of NYC, we were inspired by the stacks and stacks of pashmina being peddled. And it gave us an idea.
After a little haggling, we wound up with about a dozen scarves at $5 a piece. (As an alternative, you could use your own collection of old scarves but the project will work best if all of the scarves are of similar width and length.)
Inspired by the autumnal colors and the recent trend in color blocking, we decided to try our hand at “quilting”. Laying out the scarves end-to-end on the vertical and then another series of rows on the horizontal, we created a simple basket weave.
At this point, you “could” use a sewing machine and make a very uniform looking quilt, but we thought it might be cozier to do something a bit more casual.
We first folded all of the edges under by about 1 inch so that all edges of the scarves were closed and smooth. Use straight pins to hold things in place until the next step is completed.
Using a grommet kit, we pinned each intersection together. We then put another grommet mid-way between the grommets that lined the outside edge of the quilt to provide extra strength and to keep the ends from gaping.
We found it easier to use a nut pick to pierce through the layers of fabric. An ice pick or even a large crochet needle would also work.
For our next project, we are taking scarves in hues of lavender, gray, and cream. Instead of grommets to hold the quilt we plan to use simple knots. We’ll pierce the fabric in the same way, but then feed through a 2 inch piece of wool yarn and then tie a simple knot.
It’s a cozy blanket unlike any you’ll see, and the variations are endless.