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