Finished: Vintage Embroidered Patchwork Throw


OK, not the catchiest post title ever, but it is what it is!

I made this throw using six embroidered tablecloths - some were a bit damaged and all were small in size, about 80 x 80 cm. This was an entirely charity shopped project, and the table cloths were bought really cheaply, mostly for not more than £1.50 each. I felt so sad to see all the lovely but unloved  hand embroidered tablecloths in charity shops that I wanted to save them. And even though I've cut them up, I feel they've been given a new lease of life.


I was able to cut two of the tablecloths into four squares and used those to form a central 'X' pattern. The other four cloths I did not use in their entirety so I used two squares from each to fill in around the X.

I also received a whole bag of embroidered table linens from a friend's mother in law, which was lovely. Some of those are included but others were too beautiful to cut up and I still have more to use for small craft projects - I'm thinking bunting and as an addition to clothing.

Or maybe for soft toys - look at these adorable bunnies from Marmalade Rose:


  Image from Marmalade Rose


The back of the throw (it's not a quilt, I just wanted something light) is a vintage single bed sheet opened out, also bought from a charity shop.  I made the binding from the same sheet and I still have a wee bit left.



I'm pretty please with the finished object, not least because I have been meaning to make it for so long! I'm not sure how well it will bear up to frequent use as I'm concerned about cats' claws damaging it since they often lie on the bed. Also, some of the table cloths appear to have more linen in than others (or may be entirely linen) as some wrinkle very easily, which is a bit annoying.

In any case, this won't be the last project you see here using embroidered vintage table linens.

K x

21 comments:

  1. Such a great way to use embroidered linens with damaged areas!

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  2. Beautiful! I see the cats love it too! x

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  3. This is really pretty! And it might not last forever, bit it was designed to be used. Better to have a finite useful life, than a life spent unused in a cupboard! And, hey, you can always make another! Sounds like your Mat leave this far has been pretty productive. Isn't amazing what you can achieve when work doesn't get in the way?!

    And you have to make one of those bunnies! So cute!

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  4. That's a lovely throw, what a wonderful idea to use those tablecloths like that. If I'm ever so lucky to find some I'll know what to do with them :)

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  5. This is genius Kerry, what a beautiful throw and what a lovely way to put this neglected embroidery to use. I love this idea and may well be pinching it in the future ;o)

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  6. This is such a wonderful idea! And the cute toys are super lovely as well!

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  7. This is so pretty-- I love the idea so much! Well done!

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  8. It's gorgeous! Kitty approved, too :) LOL!

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  9. Ooh this is a great idea, glad the cats think so too! The bunnies are a cute idea too :)

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  10. Perfect idea for a throw! I'm sure you will enjoy it for many years.

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  11. What a lovely idea, it's beautiful!
    Debbie B

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  12. That's turned out lovely hasn't it? I'm with you about cutting up embroidery - its better to use it than send it to landfill or have it languishing away at the back if a cupboard. I'm looking forwards to seeing some more of your future embroidery projects too :-) xx

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  13. Fantastic idea.. Those lovely hand made goodies got a new lease of life, and will be continue to be appreciated for it's the beauty and the loving hardwork gone into it!

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  14. I never knew that it depended on the number of stitches one got. I just assumed that it was so much per image that was placed on the garment. Guess you learn something new each day.
    Jpg Art

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  15. I embroidered the hem of a pair of purple cord trousers, when I was in the Brownies, in order to get a sewing badge, and used many of these stitches. You say 'quick and easy' but these would take me hours and wouldn't be half as neat as yours!! I love the cathedral window idea - I think I remember a lovely CW cushion you made with the vintage embroideries.

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  16. Love the embroideries ! So sweet, and a great way to use them too. Also love the boobie pillow ;-)

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