Dress your bed with a soft, feminine cover.
Size: 237 x 237cm
The bedspread has been designed to fit a double bed generously. You can make it to fit any size bed – read the cutting instructions first and change the measurements accordingly. For the centre panel, cut a piece of crochet fabric measuring 89 x 89cm. For the first border strip, cut four strips each 176 x
48cm. For the second border strip, cut four strips each 240 x 33,5cm. A seam allowance of 1,5cm has been included on all measurements.
The bedspread should be hand-washed using a mild detergent. Press while damp. Do not tumble dry.
You will need:
• 90 x 90cm piece of crochet fabric or a crochet tablecloth for the centre panel
• 650 x 140cm ecru-coloured lightweight linen for the border
• 500 x 150cm matching coloured cotton for the lining
• matching coloured sewing thread
• tape measure
• dressmaker’s pencil
• dressmaking pins
1 Top bedspread: Measure the crochet centre panel and, using dressmaking
pins, mark the centre of each side. Fold each of the first border strips in half and press. With the right sides of the linen and crochet together and starting at the top edge, tack the crochet panel to the linen, working from the centre outwards.
2 Machine-stitch the crochet and linen together, working a 1,5cm seam allowance. Work in exactly the same way for the opposite side. Place the work on a flat surface facing upwards. Using a ruler and a dressmaker’s pencil, draw a diagonal line from the corner of the crochet to the corner edge of the linen. Repeat for the other edge.
3 Allowing a 1,5cm seam allowance from the drawn line, cut away the excess fabric. Leave the strips at this stage and sew the two remaining border strips to the crochet along the side edges.
4 When all four strips are sewn to the crochet panel and the diagonal lines are cut, start at one of the top corners and sew the diagonal seam closed. Press the seam open. Repeat for the remaining three corners.
5 Treat the crochet and border as one centre panel and sew the second border strips in place in exactly the same way as the first border strips are sewn. This completes the main piece of the bedspread.
6 Lining: Cut the cotton for the lining in two equal pieces so it measures the same as the main bedspread piece, plus a 1,5cm seam allowance on all sides. Join the two pieces together down the centre seam. Press the seam open.
7 With the right side of the main piece and lining together, sew the two pieces around the outer edge, leaving a gap of 30cm in one side for the opening. Clip the corners diagonally and turn the bedspread through the opening. Fold the seam allowance in place along the opening and press. Hand-stitch the opening closed with neat stitches. To complete, work a row of topstitching close to the edge around the sides.
8 Finishing details: If the lining shows below the main bedspread, fold the excess lining and press so it forms a pleat. Work a second row of topstitching through all three layers across the width of the pleat to keep it in place. This row of stitching also adds more detail to the last border strip.