Patchwork Throw

Checkerboard-style flannel squares top a fleece backing for a terrific
take-along blanket.

What You Need:

checkerboard-style fleece blanket
Dad tote this blanket to his next tailgating party.
  • 2 5/8-yard pieces of red check or plaid flannels for blocks
  • 1-1/8 yard of red-and-blue plaid flannel for blocks and binding
  • 3 5/8-yard pieces of blue check or plaid flannels for blocks
  • 2 yards of 60-inch-wide blue fleece

Instructions:

1. To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows. Quantities specified for 44/45-inch-wide cotton flannel fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.

2. From each red check or plaid, cut 3 6 x 42-inch strips. From red-and-blue paid, cut 3 6 x 42-inch strips. Cut enough 2-1/2-inch-wide bias strips to total 240 inches in length.

3. From each blue check or plaid, cut 3 6 x 42-inch strips. From blue fleece, cut 1 50 x 66-1/2 rectangle.

4. Aligning long edges, sew together two 6 x 42-inch strips to make a strip set. Press the seam allowance in one direction. The pieced strip set should measure 11-1/2 x 42 inches. Repeat to make a total of nine strip sets. Cut six 6-inch-wide segments from each strip set for a total of 54 segments.

5. Lay out six strip set segments in a vertical row; sew together. Press the seam allowances in one direction. The pieced row should measure 6 x 66-1/2 inches, including the seam allowances. Repeat to make a total of nine vertical rows.

6. Join the vertical rows to complete the throw top. Press the seam allowances in one direction.

7. Layer the throw top and blue fleece 50 x 66-1/2-inch rectangle with wrong sides together; baste.

8. Use the red plaid 2-1/2 x 42-inch bias strips to bind the throw.

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