Cosy Cross Couch Throw
This modern with a vintage touch couch throw (final size of approx 1 x 1.25m) is made from an assortment of linen/cotton blend fabrics with a soft cosy back. Feel free to use whatever materials you have on hand – I used an assortment of Japanese linen cotton fabrics, a soft man-made fluffy fabric on the back and various linen and cotton scraps in shades of purple and mauve.
Main front fabric (1.10m x 90cm / 35 x 40 inches)
Fluffy backing fabric (1m x 1.25m / 39 x 49 inches)
Scraps of fabric
Optional: Vintage doily, linen tape (1m / 39inches)
Ruler + pencil
Hand sewing needle + thimble + pins
[Note: Press seams open as you go each step of the way.]
Step 1. Cut your scrap fabrics into pieces 15cm / 6 inches wide and of various lengths. Machine sew these together, to make 2 strips (1.25m + 95cm / 49 + 37 inches ). Trim the strips to an even width.
Step 2. Make your off-centre cross design by cutting your main fabric a third in from one side. Sew one of the scrappy strips to one edge and then reattach the other section. At right angles to the first strip of fabric, cut a third in from the edge and sew in the other scrappy strip in the same way. (Optional) Sew on your linen tape and doily by machine. Here I have sewn the linen tape down one of the strips and attached the doily onto one corner.
Step 3. Trim your top piece square. Lay out your fluffy backing material right side up. Place your patchwork top face down onto this fabric. Straighten up the edges and pin all around. Machine sew all around the edges, leaving a 15cm / 6 inch opening on one side. Turn the throw right side out by putting your hands into the opening and pulling out the corners. Pin the opening closed, and top stitch all around the perimeter about 1cm / 1/4inch in from the edge – this will also close the opening at the same time.
Step 4. Lay your patchwork throw out and pin to hold the 2 layers together. Take your embroidery thread and needle and hand-sew a running stitch parallel to the strips, to hold the layers together, 2 rows of stitches is enough, but if you enjoy hand sewing feel free to do more.
Now snuggle under with your favourite book and a nice cup of tea and enjoy your creative efforts.
By Kathreen Ricketson from Whipup.net
[First published in Woman's Day Magazine Australia 2010]