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A Linen Throw for the Warmer Months

An illustrated tutorial for a simple linen throw with a crocheted edge.

Hello friends, is spring slowly creeping into your part of the world (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere and then I guess you’re heading into fall)? For all intents and purposes, we have had a mild winter here in the southeastern part of the U.S.  That being said, it’s always a good thing for one season to head out the door and a new one to be ushered in.

I’m all about creating cozy in the fall and winter months, as my big chunky throw.  However, I’m not keen on all those heavy blankets lying around my home in the spring and summer so I end up stashing them away for a couple of months.

But there are times in the spring and early summer when  I find myself needing some kind of throw to cover my legs, even in these warmer months.  It’s no secret that I have a penchant for linen, so when I spied a linen throw on one of my favorite websites, I had no choice but to follow that call.

DIY linen throw, sew mitre-edge and add crochet trim to finish. Perfect for spring, summer and gift giving.

And while I specifically made this as a throw to cover my legs on a cool spring or summer evening, I realized that this linen throw has many uses.  

A beige linen throw on a white bed.

It is also a great throw for the foot of a bed during the spring and summer, especially if you want to swap out a heavier throw for a lighter linen throw during the warmer months.

DIY linen throw, sew mitre-edge and add crochet trim to finish. Perfect for spring, summer and gift giving.

Need a quick table cloth for a card table?  This is the perfect size!

I opted to skip the fancy crochet edge and keep my linen throw very simple, so simple that someone who has never crocheted before can do this. Trust me.  With a few practice passes of the simple single crochet stitch, you’ll be ready to crochet this edge on your piece of linen to create your own linen throw.

I’ve made a couple of videos to help if you need it.

So let’s talk about linen for a minute.  Try to get a 100% linen fabric, which comes in a variety of colors.  With the 100% linen, the fibers will react the same when washed. I was able to find 100% linen priced from $9.99 per yard up to $16.99 per yard.

What you need to make a linen throw, 55″ by 55″:

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  • Linen in the desired length.  I wanted a square, so since my fabric was 57″ wide, I bought  1 2/3 yard.
  • 1 ball DMC Pearl Cotton Ball Size 5 53 Yards-I used Cream
  • 2 balls Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Cotton, #3
  • Sewing Machine
  • Crochet Hook, size D/3
  • Needle
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Piece of cardstock with a line drawn across 1/4″ down from stop and another 1/2″ down from the top.  See below for illustration.
  • Disappearing ink pen, optional

How to make your linen throw:

  • You are going to want to wash your throw before you sew, but before you wash it, run a quick stitch with your sewing machine or you will have an unraveled, knotted mess!
  • Wash and dry your linen.  I dried mine on a very low heat
  • Iron down, using spray starch,  1/4″ on all sides and then iron down, using spray starch, 1/2″ on all sides.  I found the easiest way to do this part is to have a piece of cardstock marked at those increments that I could fold the fabric over and iron.
    DIY linen throw, sew mitre-edge and add crochet trim to finish. Perfect for spring, summer and gift giving.
  • Once you have 1/4″ turned over and ironed, and then 1/2″ turned over and ironed, it’s time to make your mitered corners.  Here is the link to a tutorial I did on mitered corners.
  • Once your mitered corners are done, you may be inclined to sew the hem down.  I found it best to wait on this. If you sew it down, all your knots from sewing the backstitch will show.  If you’ve starched it well, the crease will remain while you sew in the backstitch and you can sew the hem afterward.
  • I made marks every 2 cm around the perimeter of the linen with the disappearing ink, threaded my needle with the pearl cotton and sewed the backstitch at the edge.
    DIY linen throw, sew mitre-edge and add crochet trim to finish. Perfect for spring, summer and gift giving.
  • If you aren’t familiar with the backstitch, it’s very simple.  Come up from the back of your fabric and out point number 1.  Then go in point number 2 and out point number 3.  You will then go back in point number 1 and out point number 4. From point 4 you’ll go in at 3 and out at 5.  Get it?
  • Once you’ve sewn the backstitch around the linen throw, you can get started with putting the crochet edge on. Work 4 single crochets into each backstitch segment.  This youtube video will show you how to pick up four stitches within each backstitch segment.  You’ll repeat this for each backstitch segment all around your throw.  At your corners, add two extra chain stitches as you turn the corner.  In other words, when you get to the last segment before the corner, after you’ve done your 4th stitch, do two chains before you start the 1st single crochet in the first segment on the next side.  Make sense?
  • Once you’ve gone all the way around, putting 4 single crochets into each backstitch segment, You can start your extending your edge as wide as you’d like.  I did 3 rows of single crochet to get the edge I have.  In the video, I mention the ‘little Vs.  That’s what the stitches look like from the top to me.  In any event, you want to single crochet in every stitch, which you can tell by the V made on the previous row.
  • When you get to each corner put 3 extra single crochet stitches in your corners, as shown in the next video.  Do this at every corner, no matter how many rows you make your edge.
  • Once you’ve added all the rows you want, tie off your crochet thread and weave it into the edging.
  • To finish it, use your sewing machine to sew down the hem that you had ironed and starched earlier.
    DIY linen throw, sew mitre-edge and add crochet trim to finish. Perfect for spring, summer and gift giving.
DIY linen throw, sew mitre-edge and add crochet trim to finish. Perfect for spring, summer and gift giving.

And that’s all it takes to make your own linen throw with a crochet edge.  I’m heading back to the fabric store this week to pick up a pretty green/blue linen to make one of these for my bed. 

If you’re looking to get a head start on Mother’s Day or need a house warming gift, a linen throw would make a great option.  

linen throw in a basket

Bookmark this page or pin the following image to refer back to this tutorial for a linen throw in the future.

Lovely linen throw with crochet edge

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  1. Oh wow, Lynn, this is right my style! I love how simple, beautiful and warm it looks and I love the little crocheted detail you’ve given it, that’s the dot on the “i” as we would say in Germany…Linen is a great decorating tool, and I’d use it for all the spots you showed above, so I’d have to make a few! Your tutorial on how to crochet the edges is great, I should really get this going, because you’re right, I don’t want heavy throws around the house either…at least for the next half year or so! Have a great Wednesday friend!

    1. Hi Katrin…I really hope you make one for your home…I can so very easily see one fitting in so well with your decorating style. And it really was so very easy. Let me know if you do!

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. Simply stunning! I love the understated elegance of this throw. And the fact that you made,it along with the border which is beyond beautiful, leaves me speechless. I too like pieces like this, simple yet oozing with elegance. The border is such a lovely touch.

    1. Thanks Mary for you oh so kind comments. I almost stopped by the fabric store today to pick up some blue/green linen for my bedroom, but I restrained myself…for the time being anyway. I’m thinking I’ll be making another one very soon. As always, thanks for swinging by today.

      Hugs, Lynn

  3. I love this throw. Thank you for including the wonderful instructions for stitching it. The linen is just beautiful!

  4. I’ve never been one for crochet. I always stick with my knitting needles. But, you’ve convinced me! I really really want one! This is so cute and actually it’s something that I need too. I’m always needing something to keep warm on those cool nights in the spring and summer. Plus, I’m always colder than hubby which leads to uneven blanket sharing on our bed. But, this would be so perfect! I’m pinning this for later!

  5. Lynn looking at your beautiful bed is making me want to change my bedding. Currently it’s dark, I think it’s time to lighten it up a little for Spring will be here soon.

  6. Needles of any sort — sewing, crochet, knitting — are not my friend, but you have me motivated to try. I love how pretty this looks! Like you, I need a little “leg covering” even in the summer, but those heavy blankets are too much. Pinning this because I’m determined to dig out that sewing machine and maybe try my hand at crochet! 🙂

    1. Oh Wendy, I hope you do! I think you’ll be pleased with how easy this project is…and it is so worth it. I’d love t help you in anyway once you get going on it.

      Wishing you a wonderful day.

      Hugs, Lynn

    2. Hi Wendy, I encourage you to give this throw a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is…but how great it looks when finished. And i have to tell, just spent a little time on your site and your story of your daughter hit home. My sweet girl is a freshman this year and has called home, in tears, convinced she’s not good enough. Ugh. And all I want to do is hug her. She’s coming home this weekend for spring break and I’m chomping at the bit to just take care of her.
      Thanks again for swinging by.

      Hugs, Lynn

    1. Thanks Larissa…I’m pretty much loving it right now too. It is just perfect. In fact, I’m working on a second one for the foot of my bed!

      Wishing you a lovely spring Monday.

      Hugs, LYnn

  7. I LOVE linen, we can use it for all seasons where I live. I’ve thought of making a throw before but haven’t yet. Love your idea of adding the delicate crochet border. Pretty! Pinning too:)

    1. Thanks so much Wendi…it’s a great, versatile and just lovely fabric…perfect for beachy house for sure. It’s an easy project too.
      Thanks for swinging by today.
      Wishing you a lovely weekend.
      Hugs, LYnn

  8. This is so pretty. It would be espeically nice as I live in Florida. I can sew but I will have to check with a friend who can crochet as I never could get the hang of it. I’ll sew and the friend can finish it. Lovely project.

    1. I Debra, this throw would be perfect in Florida. And I love how you’ll turn it into a team project. Maybe make 2 of them, you sew them both and she crochets both and then you both have one! Appreciate you coming by and leaving your kind comments.
      Have a great day, Lynn

  9. Lynn, do you buy your Linen fabric in a nation-wide store or is it just a local one to you? Is there a Brand-name to your Linen?

    1. Hi Richard…I bought my linen from Mill Outlet Village here in Wilmington. It is a chain and their other stores are in Raleigh and New Bern. I notice you’re from Charlotte…surprised that there isn’t one where you are, though I imagine you have many other options. The linen I used is 55% linen and 45% rayon and is by Mill Creek. I hope this helps!

  10. I love everything about this throw. However I always thought linen wrinkled very easily. What do you do in that regard? I wouldn’t want to be ironing it all the time.

    1. Hey Chris,

      Yes, linen does wrinkle, but I really don’t mind it…it’s not crisply pressed but it’s not a hot wrinkled mess either. I guess it’s a personal preference. I’m travelling right now, but I’ll be glad to take a photo of it when I get home to let you know how it looks a year after I made it and I have never ironed it.

      That way you can get a sense of just how wrinkled it looks before you dive in to the project.

      Thanks so much for writing in and wishing you a lovely day.

      Hugs, Lynn

  11. thank you Lynn. I appreciate your reply. I know clothing made from linen wrinkles easily and a lot. I wated to inquire.

  12. Hi Lynn, I really appreciate the time and effort you put into sharing how to make a version of your lovely linen throw.
    I’ve had many yards of linen from a project where I ended up using a different fabric…. so here sat this gorgeous linen for 20 years, not knowing exactly what to do with it until I came across your linen throw. I’ve never ever crocheted but your message and great directions gave me hope that I could possibly do this.
    So, I’m happy to report that I’ve just about completed my linen throw.
    A few things:
    – My linen was slightly different dimensions than yours, so I added a ~5″ extra piece to each end for length.
    – I didn’t read through the directions as well as I should have & sewed my seams and THEN did the back-stitching which took much too long and with every stitch I was reminded to always read through the directions first.
    – Also because I didn’t read through the specifics carefully, I made my backstitches 1/4″ long, so I had to work around that error too. 😐
    – Because of my short backstitches, I only did one crochet loop (?) under each backstitch, so it looks a bit different than yours.
    Even with the alteration in size, all my mis-steps, and being a complete crochet newbie, I am thrilled with the result.
    I never really thought about crocheting because most of the beginner projects I’ve seen just aren’t my style (tend to be slightly hideous looking?) so it just felt like a useless waste of time. Your project however, is elegant and beautiful and a piece that I will love to look at and to use always. I wish I could attach a photo.
    So thank you again and I commend you if you’ve managed to read to this point… I just had so much I wanted to share with you; most of all my gratitude!

    1. Oh Lorrie,
      I was beyond thrilled to receive your message! You will love that throw…eight years later, it is still in regular rotation in the warmer months. And I can so relate to jumping into a project without reading the directions! My grandmother even had a name for me…hoodly fudly! But…it’s gotten me this far in life so I see no reason to change now! And I just think you made this blanket ‘yours’ with the changes you chose to make! ‘😊

      Thanks again for taking the time to write in and if you figure out how to take a picture, I’d love to see it! (Maybe with your phone and email it?)

      Hugs, Lynn

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