A few months ago Mollie Makes asked if I would turn this £3 Ikea blanket into a pretty cape for them - I can't deny that I was a little dubious about it to begin with, partly because I generally only work with natural linen and cotton fabrics, and partly because I thought it would take me an eternity to make (when the deadline was super-tight), since blankets are obviously massive and embroidery is small and time consuming.
I persevered with the idea though, and I am so glad I did because it turned out really nicely and was an absolute pleasure to stitch. Sometimes I think it is a very good thing to push your boundaries and try something totally different; the unknown is where the magic happens after all!
To make the project work, I decided to use a combination of leftover knitting yarn and tapestry wool to make big, chunky, freehand stitches that are simple to copy, beautifully textural to look at, and cover a very large area in a relatively short space of time. Bargainous supplies, enjoyable stitching and a usable finished object = a very satisfying project.
If you'd like to make yourself one you can find all the details on page 40 of the latest Mollie Makes (issue 61, pictured above) - and if you share your make on Instagram be sure to tag it with #whatdelilahdid as I'd love to see it!
PS, I saw that Ikea make that blanket in cream and red too - if I was making one to keep for myself, I'd go for cream with pretty coloured flowers; perfect for keeping on the back of my sofa ready for winter swaddling.