Friday, February 01, 2008
A simple flannel throw
One year I found some lovely Christmas print flannel on sale. I loved the different little motifs -- snowmen, churches, ornaments, poinsettias and more -- placed within squares. It was some of the nicest print flannel I had ever seen. I hung onto it for a few years, trying to decide what to do with it.
A couple of years ago, after Christmas, I made up my mind I was not waiting any longer for the “perfect project” for that flannel. There were 2 yards of it. I held it up and looked at it and decided it would be just enough to make a flannel throw. I bought 2 yards of dark green flannel for the backing. Then I simply sewed the two pieces together with right sides together, leaving an opening to turn the throw. I turned it and slipstitched the opening shut and pressed the throw. And that was it. No batting, no tying. I thought tying might be a good idea, but decided to live with the throw for awhile and see if it was really necessary. It turned out not to be, probably because there was no batting to shift around. I’ve washed the throw a few times, and it always comes out of the dryer just fine.
I’m pleased with my decision to put a solid dark green on the back. That way I can use the throw all year round, and just fold it Christmas side out during the holidays.
Do you have a few yards of Christmas material just waiting for a project? You might like to try this. I’m going to make another one this year, I hope!