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Felted Wool Patchwork Throw

Our Felted Wool Patchwork Quillow has been a favorite Bee project ever since we posted it last winter. And no wonder! It's quick, practical and totally gorgeous!  The Quillow's rich beauty comes from Mary Flanagan's incredibly soft Felted Wool, which is hand dyed in a spectrum of warm, earthy colors. We're thrilled that this wonderful wool now comes in bundles of smaller, 7-inch by 8-inch pieces. Inspired by these little stacks of sumptuous fabric gems, we decided to revisit Mary Flanagan and her perfectly patchwork-able Felted Wool!  

This time around, instead of a quillow, we decided to make a simple throw . We picked out eight lovely bundles ranging from the soft golden palette of "Straw" to the deep purple tones of "Blackberry". The effect is like a walk through the countryside, with each bundle evoking its own special place: a grassy hill, a plowed field, a bubbling stream.

Expanding on Page's original detailed instructions and ingenious construction, the Felted Wool Patchwork Throw is a snap to make. It's amazing to be able to sew such a substantial throw (53-inches by 56-inches!) in a weekend! Best of all, because it's made from such special material in such a cozy palette, it comes out looking absolutely beautiful!

Materials

For best results, use a walking foot on your sewing machine.

Cutting

Cut each piece of every bundle to be 6-inches by 7-inches. Keep the bundles grouped together. You might want to put each cut bundle into it's own ziplock to keep it neat and separated.

The original Felted Wool Patchwork Quilllow that this project is based on has some great instructions on how to cut the wool in the neatest possible manner. You can see them by clicking here and scrolling down to the "Squaring Up" section.

Pinning and Sewing the Strips

You will be sewing this throw together by first sewing each bundle into a long strip and then sewing these eight strips together. Arrange the ten pieces of each bundle into a pleasing order.

Pin together each strip as follows:

  • Pin along the 7-inch sides
  • Overlap the pieces by a half inch 
  • Use ample pins since the fabric stretches as you are sewing

Using a walking foot on your machine, sew along the pinned edges using a 1/16-inch seam allowance. 

Flip the strip over and you will see that you have a half-inch flap where the two pieces of wool overlap as shown above.  Using a 1/16-inch seam allowance, sew this flap down just as you did on the reverse side. 

You will have two parallel seams running along the overlapped felt which creates a finished seam on both sides. Repeat this step for all pinned seams along the length of the strip.

Repeat this for each cut bundle. You will have eight strips.

Piecing the Strips Together

Lay out your strips into a pleasing order. 

Pin a long edge of the  first strip to a long edge of the second strip with the second strip overlapping the first by a 1/2-inch.  Their seams should be facing opposite directions as in the photo above (the seams on the lighter strip are facing down and the seams on the darker strips are facing up.) Take care to pin very carefully and make sure that the strips and the pieces line up neatly.

Sew the strips to one another in the same manner you sewed the pieces together sewing 1/16-inch from the raw pinned edge and then flipping it over and sewing 1/6-inch from the 1/2-inch flap on the back.

Piece the remaining strips to each other in this manner, always making sure the new strip's seams are facing the opposite direction as the previous strip and overlapping the new strip on top of the previous one.

Trim the excess threads from the front and back and you're all done!

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26 Responses to Felted Wool Patchwork Throw


  1. Kay says:

    Beautiful. Reminds me of the windowpane art installation on the High Line.

  2. Megan says:

    That is the most gorgeous, cozy and wonderfully coloured throw I've ever seen. I might just have to make one for myself!

  3. Tracey says:

    This is perfect – so lovely and cozy! Reminds me of wonderful 'scrap quilts' from the 1900's – very intimate, as if it has a secret history.

  4. Gail says:

    Can you leave the felt pieces the original size and have a successful result?

  5. purl bee says:

    Hi Gail-

    The felt pieces are all slightly different sizes so you need to cut them down to a uniform size before sewing them together.

    Thanks for the great question!- Molly

  6. Katherine says:

    It seems like some of the colorways are already sold out. Will you be adding more inventory in the future?

  7. purl bee says:

    HI Katherine-

    We will be getting more in stock. If you'd like to be notified when they come in please send us an email to customerservice@purlsoho.com.

    Thanks for your question!

  8. Tamara {Delish Mag} says:

    Hi there, I'm wondering how one launders this quilt? I plan to undertake this project when you get some more of the colors in, and I'm just wondering how I'll wash it later on. If you said dryclean only, I'd still be interested as it's just so nice!!

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Tamara-

    You can either dry clean this or hand wash it and dry it flat.

    Thanks for your question!

    Molly

  10. Kat says:

    I just finished pinning my squares together and am starting to sew. It is a beautiful blanket. I made mine 10 rows long for a bigger bed cover, so its 100 squares total. That's a lot of cutting, and it can be tough because of the verying textures (also tough to pin), and I didn't have a roller cutter. I recommend that to anyone thinking of taking this on!
    The directions on the website here are perfect. Thank you!

  11. Catherine says:

    Would it be worth the time to add batting and/or a cotton sheet to the back of this throw in order to turn it into a quilt?

  12. purl bee says:

    Hi Catherine-

    You could certainly do that if you wanted a quilt instead of a throw. The only issue I could see is that it would take a lot longer to dry if you hand-washed it. (It wouldn't be machine washable.)

    Let us know if you give it a try!

    Thanks!- Molly

  13. kelly says:

    So you don't finish the edges at all?

  14. purl bee says:

    Hi Kelly-

    No the edges aren't finished. Since the wool is felted there is no need.

    Thank you for your question!

    Molly

  15. Diane says:

    What a clever, creative wool felted project. Love the colors. Could one use a cover stitch (I have the Janome cover pro) using 1st and 3rd needles with decorative thread in loopers?

  16. gerib says:

    I am glad I foiund this tut. I have a wall hanging in process and think I will use this method to piece the different squares and rectangles.. Very nicely done

  17. Sue says:

    Hi, I have inherited a lot of beautiful woollen fabrics from my mother, plus a couple of kilts. I would love to make some quilts like this. Should I be throwing them into the wash and dryer to felt them first to avoid any issues with fraying and shrinkage.

  18. Sue says:

    Hi, I have inherited a lot of beautiful woollen fabrics from my mother, plus a couple of kilts. I would love to make some quilts like this. Should I be throwing them into the wash and dryer to felt them first to avoid any issues with fraying and shrinkage.

  19. Sheila Kleinschmidt says:

    Hi, gorgeous blanket! I think ow ill give it a try!

    What do you think of this idea…instead of overlapping, could you zigzag the edges together then sew a ribbon down the rows? I am thinking a gros grain ribbon. Not that I don't like the overlapping seams, just as a wee bit of embellishment

    Feedback appreciated! Sjk

  20. purl bee says:

    Hi Shiela-

    Sure, that would work fine!

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Molly

  21. Morgan says:

    If the wool is already washed in hot water and dried in a hot drier before cutting the squares, why would it not be machine washable after putting together? I've been rescuing lovely 100% virgin wool coats and would like to do this.

  22. purl bee says:

    Hi Morgan-

    The wool felt we used would probably be OK washed on a "handwash" cycle in the washing machine. The problem with washing it any more aggressively than that the wool could continue to felt.

    I would do some wash tests on the wool you are planning on using before you sew with it.

    Thanks for your question~

    Molly

  23. Rhonda H says:

    I was looking at a couple of the posts around whether or not to square up and decided to try a little experiment. I took one bundle of the mini felted wool squares, cut the pieces to the same length but didn't fully square them. They are roughly 7.5 in long, then I sewed them together with the overlapping stitch into a scarf. I used the Jax Black for my experiment and my husband loves it. Since the pieces were all the same length the scarf width is uniform but the overlapping seams are a bit more irregular and lovable. I stitched everything with black thread except for one pair of seams where I used red. One package made a perfect scarf length of about 64 inches, so far I've washed it using Soak and hung dry.

  24. Sylvie says:

    Good day!

    I'm am just blown away by this magnificent throw you created, but still a bit confused even after reading all the instructions.

    I am referring to the throw at the top of this post, placed on top of a white bed.

    Can you please tell us the number of squares that you used and their dimension? I keep counting the bottom row to come to eight squares horizontally and I can only see five rows . . .

    You obviously did not use but probably half the squares from your initial stash of 80?

    Many thanks,

    Sylvie

  25. purl bee says:

    HI Sylvie-

    This throw is 10 block by 8 blocks, so 80 in total. The blanket is folded in half in the top photo so that might be where the confusion lies?

    Thanks for getting in touch!

    Molly

  26. lou says:

    what a beautiful and easy idea to use wool in this way! i have never felted wool before, and have hung on to several old wool pieces from the sixties, and even some of my mom's from the forties! i even have some from the pendleton woolen mill i bought when i was 17! as i approach retirement, i want to do this project, starting with felting the pieces i have, and passing on some finished things to my seven grandkids. thanks for your excellent instructions. i can't wait to get started!

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