Trim a cozy fleece minion blanket with satin binding

Hey, everyone, I just made my first blanket with satin binding! And it was surprisingly easy!

My son and his wife are big into animated family movies. So when the Despicable Me movies appeared (Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment), they became enamored with minions, as have most movie-watching families!

RJ playing with his stuffed buddies and puppets on the satin binding minion blanketRJ playing with his stuffed buddies and puppets on the minion blanket with satin binding.

So, my nearly 3 year old grandson RJ has “grown up” with minions in the form of toys, books, and even a toddler-sized armchair! When I found this minion fleece at Walmart, I knew he'd love to sleep enveloped in it!

Truly, this is what a cozy fleece blanket is made for!Truly, this is what a cozy fleece blanket is made for!

As I considered a no-sew blanket for him, I remembered an old friend's story of her own blankie as a child. She emphasized how much she loved stroking the satin binding of the blanket with her fingers as she settled down to sleep! Because she loved it so much, I resolved to give RJ the opportunity to love smooth satin as well!


I had to put the instructions for this blanket with satin binding on 2 pages. This page is prepping the blanket and binding and you can find the second page here on how to attach it.


Here's how to make a blanket with satin binding

I used two layers of fleece so the blanket would have a comforting weight to it when snuggled under.

MATERIALS

  • 1 ½ yard minion polar fleece (Use whatever fabrics you prefer. The satin binding method you use stays the same.)
  • 1 ½ yard matching polar fleece
  • 2 packages 2 inch satin binding (Wright's-4.75 yd./4.34 m)
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine that can zig-zag
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and ironing surface (I used the Satin-Dry setting to press the satin binding )

Plus scissors or rotary cutter, etc.

Amazon.com has the best selection of licensed minion fabric I've found. They have it in cotton, flannel, and fleece. If you opt for cotton or flannel, be sure to pre-wash and dry the fabric! Then iron it.

FABRIC PREP for the Blanket with Satin Binding

Step 1

Cut both lengths of fabric so that they are the same size. Put the wrong sides together. Pin. (Some folks prefer to use binder clips to hold everything together. That’s great! Whatever you’re comfortable with. If you are using a fleece or other fabric that slips, pins will be more reliable.)


NOTE: I did not cut off all the selvedges for this blanket. Since I wanted to maximize the size of the blanket, I relied on lots of pins and carefully doing Step 2 (below). This helped make the rolled edges lie flat and gave me an extra couple inches. Call me frugal! Feel free to cut your selvedges if you are more confident doing it that way.

Step 2

On your sewing machine, straight stitch all around the blanket about 1 inch from the edge. After that, do another lap all the way around, but this time do a wide, long zig-zag right by the edge. I like to do this so that there will be no risk of bunching inside the binding. (If you have a serger, go for it! That would work just as well - maybe even better!)

Straight seam around the edges. Kept the selvedges because the satin binding will cover them.Straight seam around the edges. Kept the selvedges because the satin binding will cover them.
Here you can see the straight and zig-zag seams around the edges. And more selvedge.Here you can see the straight and zig-zag seams around the edges. And more selvedge.

SATIN BINDING PREP

Step 3

Remove the binding from the packages and iron the bumps out. (Notice that one side of the satin binding is a tiny bit narrower than the other. The narrower side should be on top of the blanket when you are sewing. This way your stitches are sure to catch the binding on the bottom.)


The dimensions of this blanket are 54 in. x 58 in. That makes 224 inches (6 2/9 yd.) all around. Hence, the need for 2 packages of binding.



I join both strips into one looong strip this way.

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  1. Open the end of one strip and lay it shiny side up (right side up) HORIZONTALLY (side to side).
  2. Open the end of the other strip and lay it shiny side down VERTICALLY (up and down).
  3. Be sure to line up the 2 edges on the ends. Pin if needed.
  4. Use a straightedge to draw a line from corner to corner, as in the picture.
  5. Sew a straight seam right on the line. Reverse to anchor your ends, if you wish. However, the binding will be sewn onto the blanket, which will anchor it anyway.
  6. Cut off the excess ¼ inch away from the seam on the line.
  7. Open and lay the binding flat to see your miracle joining! Fold it over and press it.


Now you have one reaaally long strip of satin binding! I make it easier to work with by rolling it up and clipping it with a pinchy clip, or big binder clip. The image shows a smallish roll because I forgot to take a picture while I was working, so I redid it with what was left over. But you get the idea!



Be sure to roll it loosely! You don’t want creases in your binding after going to all the trouble ironing it!

NOTE: Before rolling, you can calculate how much binding you need for your blanket. Then add about 6 extra inches (just to be safe!). Cut the excess off before rolling. Then your roll won’t be quite so big.



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