Did you ever wonder How to Sew Blanket Binding on a Baby Blanket?
Well, I have the answer! Today’s tutorial is not just How to Sew Blanket Binding on a Baby Blanket but also how to make my very favorite kind of flannel receiving blanket.
Flannel is awesome. It doesn’t wrinkle as much as regular quilting cotton, it is super soft, a natural fiber, and just awesome. Oh yeah, I said that before. And adding Satin Blanket Binding to a baby blanket makes it super awesome! And super chic. So win-win.
Did I mention that my almost 4 year old still carries around her baby blanket? Yes, it’s because of the satin edge. There is something so soothing about satin to both babies and toddlers. *Edit – my daughter is now 7 years old and is STILL carrying around this blanket!!!! Plus I love the pop of color it adds!
You can also make a matching bib and burp cloth set with my pattern that any new mama would love to have!
So here’s how to sew blanket binding to a baby blanket, a super easy tutorial:
Supplies for Satin Blanket Binding Flannel Receiving Blanket
1 Yard Flannel for Front
1 Yard Flannel for Back
***I used fabric from Riley Blake Designs for this project. I think they have some of the cutest fabrics for babies. This print is sold out now but there are still lots of great prints you can see here.
How to Sew Satin Blanket Binding:
- Lay one layer of fabric over the other with Wrong Sides Together (WST) with the outer edges aligned.
- Open the blanket binding and lay flat next to the raw edge of the fabric.
- Slide blanket binding under the raw edge of the fabric until the raw edge meets the middle of blanket binding.
- Fold blanket binding in half and pin in place to secure.
- Place last pin 1/4″ from the corner. This will help with marking your mitered corner.
How to Sew Blanket Binding Mitered Corner
- On the next side of the fabric, place the raw edge of fabric in the middle fold of blanket binding so that a triangle forms on the corner of the blanket binding.
- Press right side of the blanket binding triangle down into the satin binding fold or crease.
- The satin blanket binding should now form an arrow or point with the edge of fabric against the fold.
- Fold bottom of the satin blanket binding under and pin securely in place.
- Repeat the above steps for the remaining 3 sides, stopping at the last corner.
- *** Tip – The mitered corner of blanket binding can seem a bit tricky, so make sure to really tuck the inside fold all the way down to the crease. I also look on the underside to make sure that the corner folds are lined up on both top and bottom so I don’t miss one of them when I zig-zag stitch the corner. I also like to pin a lot and take them out slowly as I sew near them. It just helps me to keep everything in place. Repeat for the remaining 3 sides, stopping at the last corner.
How to Sew Zig Zag Stitch on Blanket Binding
- Sew a wide zig-zag stitch down the inside edge of the satin blanket binding, so the stitch catches both the blanket binding and the flannel fabric.
- Stop and pivot at the corner.
- Sew a wide zigzag stitch with a narrow length down the fold of the mitered corner.
***Tip – Going down the sides I use a wide zig zag stitch with a medium to long stitch length (between 3 and 5). For the corners, I narrow the stitch length to .05 or 1. I also like to backstitch on a straight stitch setting to lock it in place. I cut the threads after each corner and start again down the side. You can also just pivot it and sew back down the corner to the inside, but I like how it looks just going over the corner once. Repeat for the rest of the blanket binding until the last corner.
How to finish the last edge of Blanket Binding
- When you reach the last corner of the satin blanket binding pin 1/4″ from the edge of the corner.
- Sew to the pin and pivot at the pin.
- Sew up the edge of the blanket binding with a narrow and wide zigzag stitch.
- Trim the remaining blanket binding from the edge being sure not to cut through stitching. Extra satin fibers will come off in the wash.
There are other ways how to sew blanket binding edges, but I like how quickly this finishes up with no math or measuring involved! Be sure to cut just to the side of the stitches and not on the stitches 🙂 I also lock stitch here with a straight stitch to secure in place.
And there you have it! Satin trim receiving blankets make a quick and easy baby shower gift that is classic yet chic.
Here are some other DIY baby gifts ideas that would make the perfect present for any new baby.
- DIY Baby Hat Sewing Pattern
- Knot Bow Headband Pattern
- DIY Fabric Diaper Caddy
- Baby Bib and Burp Cloth Pattern
Some other great baby blankets and baby quilt ideas and patterns –