A throw blanket simply made from woolen yardage.
As autumn arrives, fabric shops display beautiful woolen yardage from around the world. You can use this fine fabric in a simple but durable throw blanket. Besides a sewing machine, all you need are a few supplies from the fabric store.
The wool yardage will cost about $17 to $50 per yard (wool blends cost less); add another $2 to $6 for border fabric.
A square of 54- or 60-inch-wide wool fabric
A 20-inch-long piece of coordinating border fabric that's the width of the wool plus 1/2 inch (cotton or polyester-cotton blend broadcloth or lightweight wool works well)
3/8 yard (45-inch-wide) 1/4-inch-thick polyester sheet batting or polyester fleece (interlining), or enough to make four 1 3/4-by 60-inch strips
Matching thread, needle, scissors, pins Cut border fabric into four 5-inch-wide strips; cut batting into four 1 3/4-inch-wide strips. Baste batting around edges of wool square.
Fold the border strips in half lengthwise, then fold long raw edges under 1/2 inch; press. Slip folded borders around edges of wool square, overlapping batting, and pin within 1/2 inch of inner edge, except at corners. Fold under border ends diagonally to form mitered corners as shown. Trim corner folds to 1/4 inch, pin, then blind-stitch mitered corners.
Baste, then machine-stitch borders, turning at corners; remove pins. To finish, add two more rows of topstitching.
Photo: Lightweight wool yardage with border of contrasting fabric makes a cozy lap cover for cold-weather reading
Photo: With borders pinned in place, fold fabric diagonally to form 45| mitered corners. Blindstitch corners, then topstitch borders
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|Date:||Oct 1, 1986|
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