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Wool Pullover Shirt: Sew Your Own Using a Wool Blanket

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Course Overview

Upcycle a warm well-loved or brand new wool blanket into a cozy winter shirt. In this class, you will learn why wool works so well and how to maximize its performance as clothing. Students will learn some basics of pattern making, construction, and transferable skills to sew any garment. We’ll start by walking through the sequence for measuring and cutting flat textiles to fit the human form. Students will enjoy learning machine and hand stitching techniques as they construct their shirt. We’ll finish by embellishing the shirt with antler or stone buttons and leather trim or optional decorative woven bands.

Students need to bring their own used or new wool blanket. This is a great opportunity to upcycle a blanket which may have worn spots as they can be hidden under a pocket or cut around. Different sizes of individuals need different sizes of blankets or sometimes two blankets. You will be able to correspond with the instructor before class about the pattern size you need and about your choice of blanket. 

Students should know how to operate a sewing machine.

Required Tools 

  • Sharp fabric cutting scissors
  • Basic sewing kit with sewing snips, needles, pins, measuring tape, marking pencil and any other favorite sewing tools.
  • Please bring a personal sewing machine in good working order plus bobbins, extra needles, any attachments you have, and owner's manual (if you have it). The school has a limited number of machines, but you would be more comfortable using your own, if you can transport it. If you do not have a sewing machine to bring, contact the instructor to see if there is a machine available for your use.
  • Students bring their own blanket(s), thread, buttons, and embellishments (embellishments are not required). Some buttons and embellishments will be available in the school store or in the classroom for sale.

Optional Tools

  • Some sewers have preferences for sewing room aids such as magnifying lenses, portable full-spectrum lights, rotary cutters to use instead of scissors, cutting mats etc. All these are welcome, but not necessary.

Session Information

This course is part of the 2024 Fiber Week! Plan to attend Fiber Friday on Friday, February 16, a day-long conference that features speakers, demonstrations, and community gatherings for anyone interested in fiber! Full schedule online January 2024. 


Sat, Feb 17th, 2024  –  Mon, Feb 19th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $315.00
Materials fee: $25.00
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North House Folk School photo of instructor, Carol Colburn
Carol Colburn
Duluth, MN

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Martha Weitekamp
Martha Weitekamp
Grand Marais, MN

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Wool Pullover Shirt: Sew Your Own Using a Wool Blanket