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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 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
About midway down a side of the blanket, tuck the fleece side into the satin binding. Be sure that the shorter width of binding is on top!
Allow the binding to naturally lie flat. This may mean that the fabric does not go quite all the way into the folded edge. I pin the binding to keep it in place.
On your sewing machine, set up a wide zig-zag stitch that is not too close and not too long. The pictures give you an idea of the stitch length.
Go slowly. Not too fast. Check the backside of the blanket to be sure you’re catching the satin binding and it looks good. Sew right to the end of that edge of the fabric. Clip your threads.
The picture of gray fleece with the yellow binding was taken after I completed the blanket. I decided you might appreciate a picture of what it looks like sewing all the way to the end before you make the mitered corner.
Turn the binding along the next side. Fold the corner so that the top and bottom angle seam line up with each other. Pin it.
I start at the corner and do a narrower zig-zag of zero length to anchor the stitching. Then I widen it and stitch the angle. When I’m back on the normal inside of the satin binding, I zig-zag down the edge to the next corner.
Proceed in this way to miter all the corners EXCEPT the last one.
Before you miter the final corner, estimate the amount of binding you need to finish the blanket. I leave an extra 3 inches or so to work my final overlap magic.
Take the blanket with binding to your ironing board.
Now go back to your sewing machine and miter that last corner.
Sew down the final side until your neatly pressed angled end overlaps the beginning of the binding. Pin the edges so the top and bottom edges meet (like your mitered corners did). Zig-zag to the edge. To lock your stitching, turn your stitch length to zero. Then zig-zag a couple times. Cut your threads and you’re done!
Happy fabric, happy stitching, happy kid!