Asked on Oct 19, 2019

How do I keep/save/upcycle sentimental crocheted blankets?

BetsyDeanna NassarTinyshoes


I have 2 huge crocheted blankets my Nana made when I was a little girl (I am 53 now). They a VERYsentimental. The one she made for me was an ombre pattern that included flourescent green (I begged my parents to let me paint my room that color and they always said NO!). My Nana crocheted that ombre blanket big enough to use & cover my twin size bed. Then, she crocheted my parents a blanket to totally fit their KING sized bed (piece offering... lol).

I treasure them so much; I can't imagine the number of hours it took her to make them but I sure feel the love she infused in every stitch.

As you can imagine, they are HUGE and HEAVY.

My issues... I live in the south and we never get cold enough to have to use them;

I have 3 sons who look at me and roll their eyes when I ask them if they would want to inherit them. (And let's face it... those colors!)

My idea was to cut them and make small 'quilt' like blankets ... until a friend told me "you can't cut a crocheted blank  " because it would fall apart. (I don't know why I didn't think of that.)

It breaks my heart to keep them stored away or lose them.

IDK what to do.

5 answers
  • Gk
    on Oct 19, 2019

    Hello Cindy! I too have two huge crocheted blankets/aftgans my grandmother made for me when I was 18. I have used them all these years but I live in a cold climate and I welcome their heavy weight and extra warmth in the winter! Mine are both king size! One of mine includes that fluorescent green and also pink! Can you just keep them folded on the end of a bed for decor and just not use them? Or perhaps folded over a chair. You could just store them in a plastic bin with a cover where they would be safe and dry if you feel they need to be stored. My kids don't want mine either!

  • Tinyshoes
    on Oct 19, 2019

    Cindy....I would purchase a standing quilt rack to hold both then fold and display them in a bedroom or living room/den so others can see and you can tell your story. Good luck

  • Deanna Nassar
    Deanna Nassar
    on Oct 19, 2019

    Use space bags to hold and display them. Will help protect them from dust. Maybe a grandchild will claim them one day.

  • Betsy
    on Oct 20, 2019

    Hi Cindy: Both of the things I thought of doing have been suggested. Throw them over the back of a chair or couch for a splash of colour (albeit weird colour! HAHAHA) or at the foot of the bed. Then, of course, using a quilt rack to display them. Sons, they have no sense of sentimentality when it comes to weird colours:) Maybe they will get married and their wives will just love the quilts!. Just don't cut them up at all, leave them as they are. Good luck

    • Cindy Rubin
      Cindy Rubin
      on Oct 20, 2019

      The sheer size of them is what makes my throw it on a chair or quilt rack ideas impluasable ... bulky, HEAVY. I don't know. Maybe there is a pro-croche person could 'cut & repair as she goes type thing to make multiple smaller versions

  • Betsy
    on Oct 20, 2019

    Hmm, that's an idea. I'd check around at some yarn stores and see if they have any ideas or know of anyone who can do this for you. Good luck :)

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