Comfy Fleece Throw with Pompom Trim
Here’s an easy sewing project that won’t break the bank. You can usually buy fleece remnants at reasonable cost; also look for extra-large fleece blankets on sale at the department stores – these can cut down to make several other projects, or embellished with trim, braid or ribbon to make a one-of-a-kind throw.
4 Yards Fleece Fabric (at least 50 inches wide)
7 Yards Pompom Trim
Straight Pins (lots of them)
My throw is 50 inches by 72 inches, you can adjust the size to any size you prefer. The fleece is easy to cut and you only need to make a straight edge on the two ends. Trim away the side edges of the fleece if there is a perforated edging (mine was) and cut the fabric in half, so that you have two pieces, measuring the same size.
With the fleece right sides together, pin all the outside seams, inserting your pompom trim between the two right sides of the fleece. Leave an opening of about 12 inches so that you can turn your blanket right side out when sewed together.
A zipper foot is not required if you are using pompom trim, a regular foot will work fine. Using a large stitch, sew your seams closed (using a 1/2 inch seam allowance), together all the way around leaving your opening. Trim all the loose threads and re-sew with a tight stitch using a 5/8 inch seam allowance all the way around, leaving your opening free.
Trim the corners, to avoid a buldge when turned right side out and then turn your throw right side out. You can now sew your opening closed by hand or do what I did (I hate to hand sew). Pin your opening closed, turning the seams inside and attaching the pompom trim between the seam. Sew 1/2 inch inside of the edge all the way around the full throw. This not only adds a little extra strength to your seam, it’s eliminates the need to hand sew the opening closed and best of all it looks nice too.
Warning! If you have kitties – they’re gonna love the pompom trim.
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