I was out on the hunt the other day for a beautiful fall throw. Spoiler — my hunt came up short.
I was shocked and blown away at some of the prices on these blankets. $75 for a throw for my front porch!? I don’t think so. Nope, the cheapness in me just wouldn’t have it.
The following day, I took my hunt to Fabricland — right to the back of the store. Ah, the clearance section. My favorite.
Back in the clearance section I was able to find some plaid fleece that was on sale for $10 a meter. I had them cut me a meter and half. So in total $15.
Now, you may not know this about me but I am not much of a seamstress. I don’t mind sewing, it’s not my favorite and I am not the greatest at it. I can do it but it’s not anything I would be comfortable showing off.
So I wanted a quick and easy no-sew throw option. I consider just throwing this fabric over my rocking chair and calling it a day, but I decided it needed just something a little extra special.
I found some yarn that I had been stashing away.
Matches so well!
I decided to make some pom poms for the edges of the blankets.
Here is a great little hack to remember so that you can make a whole bunch of pom poms at once.
Start by finding a small table or bench with four legs. I used my piano bench.
Flip it upside down and then start by tying your yarn around one of the legs of the bench.
Then, start wrapping your yarn all around two legs, like so…
When you feel like you have enough yarn, cut it and then tie it off on one of the other pieces of yarn at the leg.
I wanted my pom poms to be big and fluffy, plus different colours, so I added an other colour of yarn over top.
Same thing, tie your yarn around one leg and then start wrapping.
***Note: The more yarn the bigger and fluffier your pom poms will be.
Next, I grabbed some crafting wire. This is just standard thin wire used for making wreaths.
I am using wire for this next step because this will help make your pom poms indestructible!! You could also use string for this part instead. I would stay away from yarn, though. You have to pull really tight and the yarn has a tendency to break.
Time to make some sausage links!! That’s what I call it, anyway lol
I started a close as I could get to the leg of the bench and wrapped the wire very tightly around the yarn.
Then just work your way down to the other leg. I left about a 2-3 inch space between every wire.
Gently pull it off the legs of the bench and this is what you should have.
See what I mean about sausage links?
Now, you’re going to cut in-between the wires.
It’s much easier if you slide the scissors in-between the yarn and cut a little bit at a time.
Once you have them all cut, they look like this. You can trim them up so that they are more uniform and also trim the wire that dangles down.
Next, I attached the pom poms to my “blanket” or rather my piece of fleece material that I had cut at the fabric store.
To do this, I thread a piece of yarn through and underneath the wire in the middle of the pom pom and then tied it tight around the wire.
Side note— a neat little hack for threading yarn through the eye of a needle without it splitting?
Use a piece of plastic tape!
Back to the project at hand, after you have tied your piece of yarn to your pom pom, keep the yarn threaded through the needle and then just push the needle through the corner of your fleece and then tie it in a knot.
That’s it! Pretty easy, right!?
I added pom poms on the four corners and then the middle of each side.
So, what do you think about this easy DIY throw?
If you like this, make sure you pin it to your Fall DIY board!