Project: Argyle fleece throw
This low-sew throw gives new meaning to the phrase “college sweater-vest.” Preppy, yes, but the diamond-shaped pattern feels less stuffy in these vibrant colors. It’s super-easy with light stitching, keeps you warm on winter nights, and makes the perfect picnic blanket!
2 1/8 yards (60"-wide) cream fleece
2 1/8 yards (60"-wide) goldenrod fleece
15 skeins of embroidery floss in cranberry
Large-eye embroidery needle
SKILL LEVEL: 101
Cut out the pieces
1 From the cream fleece, cut:
1 piece: 54" x 70"
From the goldenrod fleece, cut:
1 piece: 58" x 74"
Create the pattern
2 Following the diagram, draw a diamond using the same measurements on the paper. Cut out the diamond and use it as a template to draw onto the cream fleece in rows. The points of the diamonds should be touching. Don’t worry about getting it exact.
3 Cut out every other row of diamonds ¼" inside of the marked lines.
Stitch out the pattern
4 Lay the cream fleece over the goldenrod fleece and pin in place. Using the yardstick, draw lines through the centers of the diamonds at an angle as pictured to create the argyle pattern.
5 Thread the embroidery needle with six stands of embroidery floss. Stitch out the stripes and outlines of all the diamonds with a running stitch, securing the two layers of fleece together.
Make the border
6 Fold the edges of the goldenrod piece towards the cream piece and pin in place. Stitch the goldenrod fleece down using a blanket stitch.
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Excerpted from Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space With More Than 35 Projects by Theresa Gonzalez and Nikki Smith. Copyright 2009 by Chronicle Books. Excerpted with permission by Chronicle Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.