Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Decorative Throw

See steps two and three

When my boyfriend and I moved in together we tried to merge our furniture as best as possible. One of his pieces is a recliner that his Grandmother salvaged years ago from the Empire State Building when they were redecorating. She called her husband and together they carried the recliner on the subway all the way to their home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We adore the history of the piece but unfortunately it has seen better days. We plan to eventually get it reupholstered, but until then, I decided to make a decorative throw to cover the upholstery; and as an added bonus, it infuses our room with some much needed color. My mother is a master sewer, (she made my Halloween costume every year growing up, and I promise you they looked a hundred times better than any store bought option) so I asked her to teach me to use the sewing machine to create the throw. After choosing fabric, which in my opinion is the hardest part since there are so many beautiful options, the throw really wasn't too difficult to make.
  1. If using two fabrics as I did, lay the fabric on top of each other, unfinished sides together.
  2. Pin the fabrics together every three inches or so and cut to ensure each piece is the same size.
  3. Sew the two pieces together, about an inch from the end of the fabric, using the standard setting on a sewing machine.
  4. After the pieces are sewn together, do a zigzag stitch over the edge of the fabric to prevent any fraying.
  5. For the edging, cut strips the right length with a little left over. Fold in half and iron a crisp line.
  6. Decide how thick you'd like the edge (I chose two inches) and using a ruler and an iron measure and press the edges under to create the border.
  7. Sew the border on and voila, you have a beautiful throw!

xx Molly

See steps five and six

See step seven

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