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Project

Patchwork Throw

A diverse collection of castoffs becomes a dashing throw with a flexible design of squares and rectangles.

Materials

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Assorted menswear fabrics in similar weights (such as wool, flannel, cotton velvet, and corduroy)
  • Sewing machine and sewing supplies
  • Iron
  • 4 yards cotton flannel (for insulation)
  • 4 yards cotton shirting fabric (for backing)
  • Wool yarn (for ties)
  • Darning needle

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Using a ruler, rotary cutter, and cutting mat, measure and cut rectangles from menswear fabrics. (This throw's rectangles are 4, 8, and 10 inches wide; lengths vary.) Arrange patches as desired, aligning same-width ones in rows. Pin patches together end to end as shown; sew with a 1/2-inch seam allowance to complete each row. Press seams open with iron. Pin rows together; sew with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press seams open.

  2. Step 2

    Cut cotton flannel and shirting to size of finished quilt, with a 1/2-inch seam allowance on all sides (you may have to connect more than 1 piece to get the desired width). Layer and pin fabric pieces together: patchwork right side up, backing right side down, then flannel. Stitch around perimeter with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving a 12-inch opening on 1 side. Clip corners; turn quilt right side out. Slip-stitch opening shut. Press quilt flat at edges.

  3. Step 3

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    With yarn and needle, make 1/4-inch tufting stitches at various intersections (keep the pattern random, not ordered). Poke needle through quilt along 1 seam, near an intersecting point; bring needle up on the other side of intersecting point. Tie a square knot; trim ends.