For the last month or so, my main priority for decorating the living room has been to find throw blankets and pillows that I like that will go with my new color scheme/look for the room. I haven’t had a lot of luck. I’ve found LOTS of pillows online that I love/want but they’re mostly more than I want to spend, so I will likely end up buying some fabric and making some. (That said, I still LOVE the pillows we currently have, and I think they look great with the grey couches – I just want to add a few more to the mix.)
But throw blankets? I’ve looked at all the usual “find cheap decor” places – Ross, Marshall’s, Target, Big Lots, etc… and nothing. I think it’s just the wrong time of year to be looking for throws at that sort of store. Online, sure I can find some that I like, but the types of throws I like are usually at least $60 each. A bit much for our budget at this point.
Ideally, I was hoping to find a sunny yellow or cream colored throw, preferably knit or woven, with a subtle pattern but no big holes (like cable-knit would be perfect).
Today at Target, I saw something that LOOKED like what I wanted! A soft, lightweight, cream woven throw! But upon closer inspection, I realized it wasn’t a throw at all, but a bedspread. The gears in my brain started turning… hmm…
So I threw it in the cart – a twin-sized bedspread for $20 – and took it home with me.
As soon as we got home, I opened the package and spread it out on the floor, folded in half. (Don’t worry, I smoothed out all the wrinkles and everything.)
This is Zora’s look of approval.
Then along the fold, I carefully snipped the blanket in half. Then I folded over the edges twice and pinned them. It was easy to keep them straight because of the striped pattern! Otherwise I’m sure I would’ve wonk-ified it a bit.
And, oh yeah! Up until this point, I didn’t have a sewing area set up. I kept meaning to do that, but it just hadn’t happened yet. So I recruited my husband to help me get this folding table from the garage, and quickly set up this spot (in the baby’s room-to-be).
With my sewing area all set up, all I had to do was zip a couple straight seams (zig-zag stitch, so the seam can stretch without popping the thread)…
And when everything was done…
Voila! Just what I wanted! 2 simple, lightweight, cream, slightly textured throw blankets (one for the sofa, and one for the loveseat) for only $20 and a few minutes of my time!