So if you missed my Instagram post last week… this was my feeling…
“So this is my little winter gift to myself. ❄️☃️🎄 I don’t know about you but at some point, I have too many large projects undone and I can’t focus. One might think… well Joanna, that might be a good time to organize yourself and finish something, right? Well… that would be logical. 😂 Instead what my creative brain needs is to start and finish a super simple project that I can enjoy at home! So this is it… a super simple creamy patchwork, filled with creamy snowy prints, intermingled with our favorite winter fabric… CREAM SNUGGLE!! It will be the size of a lap throw and it will be done by the end of the weekend daggoneit! I know some of you might be in the same boat as me… so yes, we made kits too. You’re welcome. More later once I have some actual patches sewn together… probably after Christmas. Happy creamy winter to you!”
Step 1: Find a down [or down alternative] lap throw. After a few minutes of online research I found that the most common size for a down lap throw was 50″ x 70″ so that is the size I decided to go with. In the past we have gotten our throws at IKEA, but that wasn’t an option this time around. Places that had it when I was searching right before Christmas… Wayfair, Overstock, Amazon, Walmart. However the colors were very limited and mostly darker. I wanted a white one but settled on khaki because it was all I could find. As soon as it arrived a few days ago, I washed it [it shrunk a few inches all around after that] and made a simple envelope cover for it out of ivory solid fabric [so the dark color wouldn’t show through to my cream fabrics].
Step 2: Choose 8-10 creamy prints with little tiny bits of reds and/or maybe greens.
Step 3: Add in some cream “Snuggle” [that is the official name of MODA’s minky type fabric] or “Minky” or if you can’t get your hands on any of that, maybe even fleece or good quality creamy white flannel. You just want something that is soft and cozy and a texture to add into your prints.
Step 4: Choose how you want to finish your squisy winter patchwork. Options include tying each corner with red embroidery thread, fabric covered buttons in each join, or sewing a large “X” through each corner to secure. Once I get to that part, I will let you know what I decide to do! In the past I have made buttons, but I am thinking I might just sew an “X” this time… not totally sure yet!
Step 5: Cut a total of (35) 10″ squares. I mixed a variety of cream prints with cream Snuggle squares here and there for a mix of prints and cozy! I did use the kit we have available in the shop for most of my fabrics but added in a few of my old favorites here and there from my stash.
Step 6: Lay out into a 5 x 7 patchwork. Sew together. This should give you a patchwork that is app. 48″ x 67″. TAKE CARE WHEN PRESSING THE SNUGGLE/MINKY. It is not cotton but polyester and will melt if you iron it on the same setting as your cotton. Ask me how I know :-)!! Press the whole patchwork well.
Step 7: Measure your final patchwork and cut your backing to that size exactly. Pin together RST, all the way around. I used cream Snuggle for the backing. It is a little rolly/wobbly but as long as I pinned it well all the way around, I was good to go. Next, sew together all the way around, leaving about a 2 foot opening on one side. Be sure to backstitch and secure on both sides of the opening. Turn the patchwork RSO through the opening, push the corners all the way out/
Step 8: Insert the down throw. Stitch the 4 corners into the corners of the cover so that they stay put. This is something that I highly recommend and it comes from years of making these little throws. If you skip this, you will forever be trying to fix the corners after the down throw slips around inside your patchwork cover.
Step 9: For the opening, you can either stitch the opening closed or just finish the opening by turning the edges under and sewing all the way around, leaving the opening and then adding some ties or velcro or even buttons if you like. It all depends on how permanent you want this to be.
What do we do? We sew it shut but with a slightly larger stitch. When it is time to change the cover for another season, I use my seam ripper and seam rip out the opening and wash the cover on gentle and save it for next year and then trade it out for the next season’s patchwork. Its not high tech but since this is usually one of those projects I want to do in one night, I don’t dedicate a lot of time and energy to finishing the opening. So far we have a cover for Christmas, Summer, and now this winter cream one that will work fabulously all the way past Valentine’s Day. This is literally the couch throw that my kids fight over the most… and maybe even me and the hubby too… 🙂
More tomorrow on how I decided to finish it off this time around. And I will add some photos when there is actually some sunlight outside!