DIY: Patchwork Throw
A patchwork throw do-it-yourself inspired by Junya Watanabe's tribal themed Spring Summer 2016 Collection.
I had to stop and take a closer look when i approached the eighth look from Junya Watanabe's Spring Summer 2016 collection. A young man with a patchwork blanket wrapped around his waist and then secured with a brown leather belt stared at me from the web browser. His blanket turned skirt was perfect! It had that handmade quality that's oh so poplar right now but the refinement of a Japanese designer's eye. The blues, tans, and beiges complemented with African-esque patterns in yellow, orange, and green were fresh but still familiar. I thought, "I must have it!"
But then I quickly remember this was for Spring 2016 and the likelihood of this piece being available at Bloomingdales or even Dover Street Market was slim. And could I actually use this garment as a throw? I can barely drink a cup of coffee without spilling it on me. I would destroy it!
So as any former student of fashion would do, I DIY'ed it.
This isn't a DIY that just anyone can do. It helps to have a bit of sewing experience or to be a quilting grandmother.
You will need pair of fabric shears, straight pins, a ruler, assorted thread, a sewing machine, and iron. You will also need to select coordinating fabrics of similar weights to create patches and one large piece of fabric the size of your finished throw. I chose to not make my throw a proper quilt, but you absolutely can by adding a layer of batting if you please.
Start by cutting fabric rectangles that are parallel to the selvage and the cross grain, then sew them together into blocks. These blocks will then be sewn together. Keep sewing the blocks together until you reach your desired size.
Now it's time to pin your backing fabric to your patchworked top layer. Pin starting on one end and work your way to the other. Pin in different directions and frequently.
You are now going to stitch parallel to the width of the throw until you have a series of stitches. Then stitch lines parallel to the length resulting in a grid pattern. I chose to make my stitches undulate; you can always choose to make yours straight and even.
At this point trim excess fabric to make sure your throw is square. Finish your edges with bias binding and trim all loose threads.