How to make a throwover bedspread

Updated July 20, 2017

Bedspreads add character and style to the bedroom. The casual, throw-over bedspread is the simplest style to make, as it doesn't need to be precisely fitted. A throw-over spread is lightweight and practical. When making your own bedspread, not only will it save money, but you can choose the colour and style you desire.

Measure the width of the mattress from one side of the bed to the other side of the bed with a tape measure. If spread will hang to the ground, measure from the floor on one side up over the mattress, to the floor on the other side. Measure the length from the top of the mattress, down the length of the mattress, to the floor at the bottom of the bed.

Add an extra 2.5 cm (1 inch) to the measurements for making the seams. If joining fabric to get the desired length or width, leave an additional inch seam allowance for each piece of fabric. Join the pieces with a French seam.

Cut the bedspread and liner (if desired) to the specified size. If using a liner, pin it to the spread with the right sides together. Completely stitch three sides together, stitch the fourth side leaving a 60 cm (24 inch) opening for turning the spread right-side out when ready.

Fold the spread lengthwise. At the bottom corner of the spread, measure in from each side, draw a quarter circle, and cut through all layers forming the rounded corners.

Turn the spread right side out. Sew the opening closed using a slip stitch. Press with an iron if desired.


To sew a French seam, turn fabric wrong side out and lining up both pieces sew a 9 mm (3/8 inch) seam. Measure and cut off 3 mm (1/8 inch). Fold the seam so the right sides are together and iron. Sew another seam 6 mm (1/4 inch).You will now have a seam that is 1.5 cm (5/8 inches) with no raw edges.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Liner fabric (if desired)
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Coordinating thread
  • Needle
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