Last month my lucky stars (more accurately, a reader in a donating mood — thanks Lana) brought me a treasure trove of upholstery samples that were doing nothing in her closet:
Many were 12 inch squares, some bigger. Some I liked because of their color, some because of the patterns (many hydrangeas) and I quickly became excited as I saw how this one would go well with denim or that one with corduroy. So cheering was this sudden abundance that I ignored the fact that my fabric stash had just increased exponentially.
As I sorted and bagged the bounty, I recalled a trio of denim throws made recently for a school craft fair. The one that sold I liked the best, and this is the only picture I can find of it:
All this new upholstery suggested a remake. I looked for pieces that would work with denim:
A patterned cotton offered a floral match:
A bag of denim scraps from the last project offered a head start on the strip border:
Assembling the inner section is rapid. A simple linen/hopsack from the upholstery trove adds a needed neutral.
The denim border will take more time. I like how these strips playfully suggest the fabric’s prior life:
Once the quiltop is done, I enlist a piece of flannel from a massive old comforter cover:
These fabrics are so heavy I don’t need a lot of batting. An old jersey sheet, previously repurposed into a turban for a school project, is just right:
Once all layers are sewn together it’s ready for hand tying. Since this has been a such a speedy project, I decide to drop time into some extreme repurposing … pulling apart the woven strands from some pillowcases my friend Matthew gave me:
The finished product is a 38 by 38 heavyweight nearly 100% cotton throw. It’s for sale, and if anyone’s interested, comment here or send me an email. And stay tuned for more upholstery projects!