We love a throw: to add a little color to our living room, to keep us warm on the still chilly evenings when our heat is enthusiastic but ineffective, to cozy up under when we're watching our Netflix. A good one is hard to find in the right color and at the right price. If you can sew a straight line, by hand or with a machine, why not consider making your own? It's a straightforward project that, with a little practice, also makes a great gift. Basic how-tos after the jump...Take two pieces of fabric, good sides facing each other, batting on top. Stitch completely around three sides and partially around the fourth. Leave enough room -- about four to five inches -- through which to pull everything inside out. Finish the remaining few inches by hand or by machine. Then topstitch all around to make a clean and neat edge. Try a woolly fabric exterior and a silky interior; ultrasuede backed by teddy bear chenille; or, cool cotton with thick terrycloth. Jazz it up with pompom trim or rickrack or leave it plain, then grab the remote and settle in.