DIY Patchwork Throw

Repurpose denim, tea towels and an old sheet to create a beautiful patchwork throw.

| April 2014

  • You will likely have all of the supplies you need already at home for this DIY patchwork throw.
    Photo courtesy Skyhorse Publishing
  • “Homemade” by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson provides a year’s worth of activities and crafts to improve your home.
    Cover courtesy Skyhorse Publishing

Handmade crafts lend character and personality. Homemade (Skyhorse Publishing, 2010) by Ros Badger and Elspeth Thompson is packed full of practical, thoughtful handmade ideas from seasoned crafters. With over one hundred projects using everyday objects from around the house, they craft beautiful works of art. The following excerpt from “Summer” teaches you how to make a patchwork throw.

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DIY Patchwork Throw

Patchwork is as complicated as you want to make it. Complex designs using cut out templates and tiny hand-sewn stitches are all very well, but few of us have the time these days. The modern “cheats” approach is to machine-sew together the fragments of fabric, first of all in strips, and then joining the strips of fabric together to form a flat piece of material that can then be cut to create clothing or used to upholster furniture. This eye-catching throw, inspired by a piece by stylist Kristin Perers, uses strips of worn and faded denim, striped ticking, and the edges of vintage linen tea towels. Far easier than re-upholstering a sofa, it’ s a great way to put to use the parts of pairs of jeans too worn to wear, or the unsullied borders of singed or stained tea towels, which can be picked up cheaply in second-hand stores.

You will need

• Assorted pieces of denim, ticking, and tea towels
• Cotton thread for machine sewing
• Old sheet, blanket, or length of fabric

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