Make a Boho-Inspired Throw

Create an easy-to-sew blanket with fabrics that embrace florals and whimsy for a nod to bohemian styles.

By: Lish Dorset

When you think of boho-chic style, what comes to mind? For many it's floral motifs, warm colors and simple designs.

To add a bit of bohemian to your home, try making your own throw blanket. This wide strip quilt is uncomplicated in construction but allows the bold prints to shine.

If you're new to sewing, trying a simple design, such as strip quilting, is a great way to practice your construction skills. 

Materials Needed

  • five different patterned fabrics (1/3 yard each)
  • one solid fabric (1/2 yard)
  • coordinating backing fabric (1 3/4 yards)
  • quilt batting (crib size)
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  • rotary cutter
  • quilting ruler
  • scissors
  • pins
  • basting spray
  • iron

Artist and designer Amy Butler has long been known for her warm, floral-forward designs. Her collection Soul Mate is used in our example and features Kaleidoscope (bone), It Takes Two (bone), Power Point (mint), Prismatic (cocoa), and Grand Bouquet (plum).

To get started, trim each of your patterned fabrics to 9" tall by 20" wide, folding the fabric in half so that the selvage edges meet. Once cut and pressed, the piece will measure 9" tall and 40" wide. Repeat the same process for the solid color fabric, cutting two pieces that are 7" tall and 40" wide.

Next, lay your patterned fabrics out in the order that you want to group them. Pin the first two pieces together and sew at your sewing machine with a 1/4" seam. Press the two pieces open, pressing the seam to the side on the back.

Continue adding your patterned pieces until all five designs have been used. Add your solid fabric to the top and bottom of the patterned section. The top is now complete; press the entire piece.

Now it's time to assemble your quilt layers. Lay your quilt top right side down on your work surface (a large table works very well for this). Working in sections starting at the top, apply the spray basting to the back of your quilt. Roll your batting onto the sprayed area of the quilt. Continue to add the basting spray one section at a time, rolling out more of the batting until you reach the bottom. Heat set the basting per the manufacturer's directions. Then trim away any excess batting so that the top and batting layers are even with one another.

Trim your coordinating backing fabric to be the same size as your top and batting layers (40" x 56"). Lay the fabric on top of the quilt top so that the right sides of the fabrics are together. Pin around all four sides.

Sew all three layers together using a 1/4" seam. On one end of the quilt, leave a 10" opening. Once the layers have been sewn together, clip each corner of the quit. At the opening you created, turn the quilt right side out. Push out all four corners to make sure a crisp point has been made. Slip stitch the opening closed with coordinating thread. Press the quilt to remove any wrinkles and to make sure the top is even with the back.

The final step is to quilt your assembled throw. Top stitch on either side of the six seams you created on the top. Start an inch in from the side and about 1/2" away from the seam. Stitch down the entire length of the seam, stopping an inch from the opposite side. Backstitch at the beginning of each seam. Repeat this until you've stitched next to either side of the six seams. 

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