By Jessica Warren and Sue Martin
If you can't beat them, join in with this
cheerleading World Cup throw. Just the
thing to decorate the living room during
June and July this year. Designed by Jessica Warren
Pieced and quilted by Sue Martin
Materials used were from the Timeless
Treasures 2006 World Cup Football
range but you could substitute your
team colours if you preferred
- 50cm of red football fabric
(Gail 8473 red) a red background
with footballs and stars
- One fat quarter of blue football
fabric (Gail 8473 blue) a blue
background with footballs and stars
- 50cm of green fabric
(Pat 1006 green) a marbled green
- 20 cm of gold fabric
(Karen 7966 gold) a mottled gold
- 50 cm sport print fabric
(9595) pale blue background with
“soccer”, “kick it!” and ‘06
- 130 cm sky blue football fabric
for backing (Gail 3335 sky) a blue
background with footballs
- 130 x 100cm wadding
84 x 119cm (33 x 47in)
can download a pdf copy of the original magazine pages for this project
Football teams change their colours
almost every year so you could end
up making a few of these. Why not
sew one with the home and one with
the away strip?)
Even if you hate football, the
chances are that at least some of
the time this summer you will be
caught up in the drama of the
World Cup. So why not go the whole
90mins and make this World Cup throw.
It won’t take long (maybe just a bit more
than one match) and will make the man
of the house truly happy!
Figure 1: Piece the shirts
- Make the centre panel with a red shirt
and a blue shirt. From each shirt fabric
(red and blue) cut the following:
From the green 1006 cut:
- A One piece 10 1⁄2 x 14 1⁄2in
- B Two pieces 4 1⁄2 x 3in
- C Four pieces 3 x 10 1⁄2in
- D Three pieces 14 1⁄2 x 3in
- E Two pieces 37 1⁄2 x 5in
- F Two pieces 5 x 3in
- Working with one red set and one blue
set, stitch the four B (sleeve) pieces to
the C (background), then to each side of
the shirts. See Figure 1.
- Cut a paper pattern for the neck opening
using the template. Fold each shirt in
half lengthwise and place the pattern on
the fold. Cut out the neck and clip the
curves. Turn under 1⁄4in around the neck
edge and press.
- Place the 5 x 3in piece of background
behind the neck edge and appliqué in
place by hand or machine. Trim away the
extra fabric on the back to 1⁄4in below the
- Add the D background pieces between
the shirts and at each edge. Then add
the E strips top and bottom. See Figure 2.
Figure 2: Centre panel
Borders and Assembly
- For the gold border: Cut four 1 1⁄4in
strips across the gold fabric. Sew to
two opposite sides of the shirt panel. Press
and trim to match the shirt panel. Sew the
other two strips onto the remaining sides,
press and trim to fit.
- Cut four 4 1⁄2in strips across the sport
print fabric. Measure the long side of
the quilt top and trim two strips to that
length (it should be 39in).
- Cut two 4 7⁄8in squares of each shirt
fabric. Cut in half on the diagonal.
Sew these red and blue triangles into
squares consisting of two triangles.
Make four squares.
- Sew these triangle squares to the
two ends of the strips cut in step 2.
Keep the same colour fabric to the
centre each time.
- Sew the two remaining border strips to
the short sides of the quilt top. Trim to
fit. Sew the strips with the triangle squares
to the top and bottom edges. See Figure 3.
Quilting and Finishing
- Layer the pieced top over the wadding
and backing. Pin or tack the layers
together. The RS of the top and the
backing should be on the outside of the
sandwich with the wadding in the middle
as filling. Quilt by hand or machine. Sue
quilted the markings for a football pitch
with white thread as well as quilting
around the shirts. Most of these are
straight lines so could be drawn on first
with a light coloured pencil. Ask a football
fan to draw you a pitch diagram if you are
unsure. Trim the wadding and backing to
match the top after it is quilted.
- From the red shirt fabric cut four 2in
strips across the width of the fabric
(you may need more strips if you have
already cut into the width of the fabric).
Sew into one long strip. Fold in half
lengthwise and press.
- Bind the quilt by sewing to the front
of the quilt, raw edges even. Mitre
the corners, or sew each edge separately,
whichever style of binding you prefer. Turn
to the back and finish by hand by sewing
the folded edge to the back of the quilt.
Include a hanging sleeve across the top of
the reverse side if this is to be a wallhanging.
- Add a label to the back which includes
at least your name and the date and
why not add a table for the match results
too. These could be added as the
tournament progresses with indelible ink.
Block the quilt by pinning tightly into the
carpet on the floor and spraying lightly
with water. Allow to dry overnight.
- This could be adapted to suit school
football or netball teams as well as
other football leagues. Why not add the
number of your child’s favourite player
to the shirt. You could even applique his
name on one shirt and the name of his hero
on the other. This is guaranteed to make
you really popular this summer.
Figure 3: Assemble the borders and football pitch markings
First published in Popular Patchwork July 2006