I’ve been totally smitten with the beautiful throws springing up everywhere lately. But I don’t love their hefty price tags. DIY to the rescue! There’s an amazing array of stunning wool fabrics on the market, and it’s insanely easy to whip up a throw yourself with just a couple yards of fabric.
At the fabric store, look for any medium- to heavy-wool fabric that strikes your fancy — wool coating, wool felt, tweeds, double-faced wool or even blends, such as cashmere or any other fiber. The best way to choose a fabric is to select something with a weight and texture that feel nice next to your skin and that make you want to cuddle up under it for the next four months or so.
This project is incredibly simple; in fact, I’d be hard-pressed to think of anything else that’s quite so easy to sew and offers such a big return on investment. I think I see wool throws in the future for everyone on my gift list this year. Let’s get started! — Brett Bara
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- Wool or wool-blend fabric; size depends on how large you’d like your throw to be. My fabric is 60″ wide and I purchased 1.5 yards, for a total throw size of 60″ x 52″, which is a nice size for general, lazy-everyday use. (Note: I purchased this wool by Ralph Lauren at Mood Fabrics.)
- Trim, enough to cover the two raw edges of your fabric plus a few extra inches
- Sharp scissors
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine and matching thread
1. Prepare the fabric.
Trim your fabric to the exact size you’d like, if necessary. Once trimmed, you’ll have a large piece of fabric with raw edges on two sides and selvage edges on two sides. The selvage edges are the finished edges that result from the weaving process (shown above). Normally, these are trimmed off before sewing, but wool fabrics often have attractive selvages, so I recommend leaving them on. (Of course, if you prefer, you can trim off the selvage and hem those edges as described below.)
2. Pin the raw edges.
Fold one raw edge under about 1/2″, then fold it under another 1″ and pin it in place.
3. Hem the raw edge.
Change your stitch length to be a bit longer than normal (a longer stitch is better for sewing several layers of thick fabric), and sew along the length of the hem, close to the fold.
4. Add the trim.
On the right side of the throw (not the side where you can see the fold of the hem), stitch your trim close to the edge.
Repeat to finish the remaining raw edge, and you’re done!
Special thanks to my wonderful new kitty (name TBD), who graciously agreed to participate in this photo shoot. Is she the cutest or what?! :)