We’ll be making the throw shown above. The first step was to pull the threads out on the end to create a fringe. Velvet is so thick I didn’t want to fold it over twice like I typically do on a ruffle. so I made a fringed end by pulling the threads out all the way across the fabric.
It made a big mess! See all of those little bits? That’s because it’s velvet. Most fabrics don’t shed like that. I trimmed the fringed end so it was as even as possible. Then I cut two lengths of the fringe for the end and sewed the two together.
So now I have 1 long piece of fabric 3 1/2 inches by 108 inches.
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I did a straight stitch on the fringed end so it wouldn’t unravel any more.
On the other end, I used my serger to finish off the end so it wouldn’t unravel either. This end isn’t as pretty, but that’s okay.
This is what my serger looks like. It sews super fast. I haven’t used it much so I’m still learning how to use it. It takes me an hour to thread it!
See how this end looks? This end is protected from unraveling when the item is washed.
Then I used my ruffle attachment to make the ruffle. If you don’t have a ruffle attachment, you can buy one. Just make sure it works with your make and model sewing machine.
Here’s a video of the ruffler in action.
This is how the ruffle looks when it is finished.
Next I cut a piece of the fabric to make my throw. It is 72 inches long by 54 inches wide (the width of the fabric) I also finished the ends of the throw so they wouldn’t unravel. After that, I attached the ruffle to the throw. Normally I sew the two right sides together, but this time I sewed the top side of the throw to the back side of the ruffle. So it looks like I made a mistake, right?
No worries, I sewed a large piece of lace on top of the seam so you can’t see that ugly edge. I repeated this entire process to add a ruffle to the other end.
I think it turned out rather well! And I’m going to be using it when it gets cold in December, which is a long way off.
Thank you Peggy for my lovely night stand. We did a trade and this is what I got. Don’t worry, Peggy got several goodies!
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