Felted Wool Blanket Master Class

Make a gorgeous wool blanket from felted sweaters (without fear of messing up!)

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The Felted Wool Blanket Master Class
is open for enrollment!

Want to try before you buy?

You can get a taste of the course with Joan's video,
"How to Find and Choose Good Sweaters" by indicating interest

What you receive in this course:

  • Easy-to-follow videos plus instruction for all learning styles
  • 20 lessons to take you from blank slate to fully completed blanket
  • A bonus lesson on Appliqué Basics for more design ideas
  • Access to Joan + a course Facebook group for questions and answers, input and feedback, and a community
  • Access to all materials forever.

Have you been dreaming of making a blanket from wool sweaters but don't know where to begin?

Maybe you're afraid of ruining the sweaters, or you're hesitant that your blanket won't turn out to be full of the loveliness you imagine? I know all those feelings!

"I was glad to learn how to handle the wool. It's vastly different from cotton.
It wiggles and moves all over the place! Seeing the techniques Joan uses was really helpful." —Patti

"The best part of the class for me was the details. I sewed with felted sweaters
before taking the class, but I learned a lot and I now do some things differently.
I remember thinking, 'Ah, genius...' several times." —Linda C.

In the Felted Wool Blanket Master Class I will walk you step-by-step through the process of making a Green-Sheep style sweater blanket from upcycled wool sweaters. The class includes video and written instructions so you can choose your favorite learning mode.

In addition to teaching the mechanics of basic blanket-making, this course will help you think through and plan the design stage of your unique blanket using the sweater colors and textures you have available. (A heads-up: the design step is a little trickier than one might expect! Consider beginning with a smaller blanket while you learn and hone your skills.)

The course is self-paced. This course is broken down into very doable chunks, so you can pick up and put down your project as needed. Plus all materials are available indefinitely!

"I was totally surprised at how wonderful my blanket turned out, a testament
to Joan's organized way of instruction!" —Linda B.

"I love that Joan covered making the binding. I've done some blanket-making on my own
and have never tried this method. I also loved the challenge of doing some math!" —Stephanie

Course Lessons in Sequence:

  • Find and choose good sweaters
  • Prepare the sweaters for felting
  • Felt the sweaters
  • Cut the sweaters for the blanket
  • Design and lay out your blanket
  • Prepare the layout for sewing
  • Sew the blanket together
  • Square the blanket and trim it
  • Make the continuous bias binding
  • Apply the bias binding
  • Bonus material: A basic lesson in decorative appliqué techniques for the blanket top.

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Your Instructor

Joan Olson
Joan Olson

Joan blends her knowledge and practice from 12 years in blanket-making and 22 years in occupational therapy to coach you to make your own felted wool sweater blanket. She'll walk you through each step comprehensively (occupational therapists are task-breakdown experts!). She'll also guide you on your path to express yourself in your work, beautifully.

Joan has made 150 keepsake art blankets from repurposed sweaters and has been blogging their stories since 2009 at greensheepstudio.com. Nearly half of her work is custom designs, for which she works closely with clients to create meaningful personalized gifts. Many of her blankets are Legacy Blankets, designed to commemorate the life and love of a family member who has passed on.

Joan sells her blankets online and at occasional art shows in the Chicago area.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?
Lifetime access! After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are dissatisfied, please contact me and tell what is not working for you. I would love to work with you to turn that around and find a satisfying solution.
What size blanket will we make in the class?
You can choose! It could be a baby blanket (36” x 36”), a lap blanket (40” x 50”), or a throw (55” x 70”). If you're feeling confident, you can go even larger! But take note: The size you choose will affect the number of sweaters needed and the time required to make your blanket.
How much sewing experience do I need?
You will need basic sewing skills and knowledge of how to use your sewing machine. For this blanket project, we will mostly sew straight seams/lines with a straight stitch.
How fancy does my sewing machine need to be? Do I need a serger for this project?
All you need is a sewing machine that can sew a straight stitch. No serger is needed.
How adept with technology do I need to be to take part in this class?
It would be good to be moderately comfortable with Facebook (where we will have a private group). And it would GREATLY contribute to our classroom feel if you know how to take a photo and post it on Facebook. (Our Facebook page is where the class really gets fun!) The content portion of the class is on Teachable. You will be emailed the link to the material on the day the course opens.
Is the class live? I might have difficulty attending if it's live.
No, the class is not live, although it certainly can be interactive. Participants will have constant access to both videos and PDFs of written instructions, which they will be able to view and use whenever it’s convenient. The Facebook group will allow the sewists to interact, but each person can access it at her own leisure.
What supplies do I need for this class?
Sewing machine with needles and bobbins; thread; sharp sewing scissors; tape measure; measuring gauge; straight pins (I suggest long pins w/ colored ball-heads); steam iron and ironing board; old pillow cases; safety pins; seam ripper; washing machine, laundry detergent and dryer (for felting the sweaters); wool sweaters.
I'm a quilter with quilting supplies. Will I be able to use any of those?
Yes! In fact, here are supplies that aren't necessary but ARE helpful: cutting mat; rotary cutter and ruler; walking foot for sewing machine; twin needle; sweater comb; steam station iron.
How much does the course cost?
The Felted Wool Blanket Master Class is $297. This includes 20 lessons to take you from a blank slate to a fully completed blanket. It also includes a bonus lesson on Appliqué Basics for jumping into the next level of design and creation. Participants have access to all materials ALWAYS and FOREVER!

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