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Country house style - Retro-styled patchwork throw

Country house style sewing turoial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk A couple of things to note before you start: You'll need to invest a little more time when making this patchwork throw, as a number of pieces have to be sewn together and there are lots of seams.  But once finished, it's really worth it! Allow for any shrinkage by washing the fabrics before you work on them. The patchwork throw measures 126 cm x 86 cm when finished.  The finished edging is 5 cm wide. Base fabrics, patches and the white supporting material to which the base fabrics are sewn must be cut to size. You will also need more fabric for the edging and the reverse (a cosy fleece) and volume fleece that we will position between the front and the reverse panels. The exact measurements, including seam allowances, are provided below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1. Cutting

 

 

Country house style Sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk Linen Mésange 3: Base fabric: 35 cm x 72 cm / patch: 15 cm x 42 cm
Pastoral 2: Base fabric: 52 cm x 50 cm / patch: 28 cm x 17 cm
Noblesse 4: Base fabric: 40 cm long x 33 cm wide
Tilda Kitchen Stripe 2: Base fabric: 44 cm x 30 cm
Medici 4: Base fabric: 48 cm x 48 cm / patch: 25 cm x 25 cm
Herb Garden 2: Patch 1: 44 cm x 17 cm / patch 2: 21 cm x 15 cm
Portia 4: Patch 1: 26 cm x 25 cm / patch 2: 27 cm x 19 cm wide
Ophélia 2: Patch 1: 46 cm x 35 cm wide / patch 2: 18 cm x 16 cm
Cotton Ornamentation Tiles  1: Cut both short panels to size:  86 cm x 12 cm. Cut both long panels to size: 126 cm x 12 cm.
Tula Cotton: Supporting material: 120 cm x 80 cm
Fleece for the reverse panel (only cut to size once the throw is ready): 120 cm long and 80 cm wide
Volume fleece H 630: 120 cm x 80 cm
Vlieseline volume fleece 277: for the short sides: 10 cm x 84 cm; for the long sides: 10 cm x 124 cm
 
 

2. Preparing the supporting material

 

 

Since a number of fabrics must be sewn onto the supporting material, this must first be stabilised. To do this, "Volume fleece H 630“ is ironed to the underside of the white supporting material. Both the finished and the reverse sides of "Tula Cotton" are equally attractive, so the side to which you iron the volume fleece is immaterial. It is most important to ensure that the adhesive dots remain on the fabric and that you do not clog the iron.
 
 

3. Sewing the base fabrics onto the supporting material

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk In this step, the base fabrics are first placed upon the supporting material and then sewn on. The illustration shows you how to position the base fabrics. Before you begin, iron all fabrics so that they are completely smooth. The base fabrics are positioned edge-to-edge upon the supporting material. Ensure that the fabrics lay smooth. If the fabrics pucker, smooth them outwards towards the edge. So that the fabrics do not pucker while sewing them, use pins to secure them at specific points on the throw. In fabrics protruding beyond other pieces, 1 cm of the seam allowances must be ironed. (You must do this on the right and lower edge of "Pastoral 2", the upper, short side of "Tilda Kitchen Stripe 2" and the upper and left edge of "Medici 4"). The edges are stitched together at the point at which the two fabrics converge. Basting stitches (stitches that are sewn far apart from one another using thread that is easy to remove) should be positioned approx. 0.5 cm from the edge, so that you do not sew onto the basting thread when stitching close to the edge. If you want to work with precision, you can also baste the edge and, additionally, secure it with a few pins (insert the pins cross-wise into the fabric at the edge, so that the pin head is visible on the outside). If the base fabrics have been adequately secured and can no longer pucker, sew them onto the supporting material using a straight stitch.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

4. Preparing the patches

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk In this step, 1 cm of the patches' seam allowances are ironed. For some of the pieces that are close to the edge, only two or three sides must be ironed (for "Portia 4", "Ophélia 2", "Herb Garden", "Pastoral 2" and "Linen Mésange 3“). For all the others, you must iron 1 cm on all four sides. Then place the pieces onto the base fabrics / throw and secure with pins. Now use a narrow straight stitch.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

5. Reverse

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfarbics.co.uk The only sections that are missing now are the reverse and the border. Place the throw, which is almost completed, onto the fleece fabric such that the reverse sides face each other (note: fleece has a finished and a reverse side. The fleecier side is the finished side) and cut to size according to the throw outlines. Pin the two pieces together and then sew together, allowing an edge clearance of 0.5 cm all around so that the plies are brought together. Please note that you will not be able to iron the throw on a hot setting with the fleece on the reverse as you will then flatten the fleece.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

6. Preparing the edging strips

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk We are providing a hem and corner formation variant; using this, we begin in the upper right hand corner of the throw and proceed in an anti-clockwise direction. In this way, the hem of the throw is finished as illustrated. First, you must appropriately prepare the edging strips. All four strips are folded in half at the crease and ironed longitudinally. A portion measuring 0.8 cm on each long side of each edging strip should be ironed (not one whole centimetre such that it is later incorporated in the shadow of the seam during sewing). Each short edge of the edging strips is ironed, allowing a width of 6 cm, of which 1 cm of the seam allowance is again ironed.
Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

7. Hem of the throw

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk Start in the upper right hand corner by placing the long edging strips edge-to-edge with the unironed long side such that the finished sides face each other on the upper side of the throw. Sew the edging strips securely to the throw, allowing a seam allowance of 1 cm. There is a 6 cm overlap on the bottom right hand corner of the throw; sew up to 1 cm from the corner of the throw and interlock thoroughly. Then fold the overlapping portion of the edging strip back and up.
Country house style seiwng tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk
 
 
 
 
 
 

8.1 Hem of the throw

 

 

Now proceed to the next corner  (2) and the shorter edging strip positioned below. Also sew the last two edging strips, leaving a 1 cm seam allowance.
Now proceed to use the non-adhesive volume fleece. Begin with the short side (the length between corners 2 and 3) and position the fleece within the seam allowances in the edging strip. Fold down the edging strip, as ironed within the crease, to the reverse. Check whether the width of the edging strip on the upper side of the throw is consistent and whether the seam has straightened. If so, secure the edging strip with pins inserted cross-wise into the reverse of the throw, allowing a clearance of 2 cm. Now turn the throw around again and sew from the finished side into the shadow of the seam.
 
 

Using your fingers, prise the fabrics apart such that the seam on the right hand side at the top disappears into the edging strip as far as possible and is less visible. Now also place the volume fleece in the superimposed edging strip of the long, finished side (see illustration). On the short side, leave 1 cm that can subsequently be taken in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.2 Hem of the throw

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk Now proceed to the next corner  (2) and the shorter edging strip positioned below. Proceed in the same fashion with the last two edging strips.
Position the non-adhesive volume fleece (corner 1) edge-to-edge at the top towards the long sides within the seam allowance in the edging strip of the short side. Fold down the edging strip, as ironed within the crease, to the reverse. Now check whether the width of the edging strip on the upper side of the throw is consistent and whether the seam has straightened. If so, secure the edging strip with pins inserted cross-wise into the reverse of the throw, allowing a clearance of 2 cm. Now turn the throw around again and sew into the shadow of the seam. Using your fingers, prise the fabrics apart such that the seam on the right hand side at the top disappears into the edging strip as far as possible and is less visible.
 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.ukNow also place the volume fleece in the superimposed edging strip of the long, finished side (see illustration). On the short side, leave 1 cm that can subsequently be taken in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.3 Hem of the throw

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk Now proceed to the next corner  (2) and the shorter edging strip positioned below. Also sew the last two edging strips securely, leaving a 1 cm seam allowance.
Position the non-adhesive volume fleece (corner 1) edge-to-edge at the top towards the sides within the seam allowance in the edging strip of the short side. Fold down the edging strip, as ironed within the crease, to the reverse. Now check whether the width of the edging strip on the upper side of the throw is consistent and whether the seam has straightened. If so, secure the edging strip with pins inserted cross-wise into the reverse of the throw, allowing a clearance of 2 cm. Now turn the throw around again and sew into the shadow of the seam. Using your fingers, prise the fabrics apart such that the seam on the right hand side at the top disappears into the edging strip as far as possible and is less visible.

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.ukNow also place the volume fleece in the superimposed edging strip of the long, finished side (see illustration). On the short side, leave 1 cm that can subsequently be taken in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 Shape a corner

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk Now shape a neat corner, fold the edging strip down, as ironed within the crease, to the reverse and secure the corner with pins. Now sew into the shadow of the seam, as described above. You can start with the corner. Once you have done this with the remaining three corners, the throw is ready!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The patchwork throw is ready

 

 

Country house style sewing tutorial - Retro-styled patchwork throw at myfabrics.co.uk

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