Soon the days will be getting cooler, so I am trying to cozy up the house a bit. A wool throw is the perfect addition, and a good size throw can be made with just two yards of fabric. The fabric I used was from Jo-Ann Fabrics, and it was 45″ wide, but you could use a 54″ or 60″ wide fabric too.
Start by joining the ends of the quilt binding to make continuous yardage. Put one end of the first package right side up. Place the beginning of the next package right side down at a right angle matching the corners. Using a ruler and chalk, mark the sewing line at a 90 degree angle (see photo). Pin. Sew on chalk line.
Add the third piece of binding in the same manner. Clip the corners off and press the seams open.
Next, square off the edges of the cut piece of wool cleaning up any wavy or ragged edges. To add the binding, begin about two inches away from a corner and tuck the wool between the binding fold. Pin in place.
When you get to a corner, you’ll want to miter it to give it a nice finished corner. You might have to play with it a bit, but basically you make an “L” with the binding and fold it back in and pin. Make sure it is mitered on both sides – front and back. Pin in place. When you get to the beginning you can fold under the edge and pin in place.
Now you are ready to sew down the binding. I used a zig-zag stitch, but you can use a straight stitch too. Slowly stitch all the way around the blanket. Sewing through all the layers making sure the stitches catch the binding in the back also.
It makes a great picnic blanket too!