Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Self-Binding Blanket

The self-binding blanket is one of my favorites. I love the results. The directions are a bit tricky. It's one of those things where you need to follow the instructions even though they don't entirely make sense. It all works out in the end!

Here we go...

Cut:

42” square of flannel for blanket back
32” square of flannel for blanket front

Use ¼ inch seams.

1. Lay the two pieces of fabric right-sides together.
2. Mark the center of each side (on both pieces) with a pin.

3. One side at a time, pin the 2 fabrics together starting at the center marks. This leaves extra fabric sticking out on each corner, since the back piece is larger than the front piece.

4. One side at a time, sew from the middle to the outside corner, stopping ¼ inch from the edge. This is your “stopping point”. On the fourth side, leave an opening for turning your blanket right side out later.
5. Fold the blanket in half, so it is shaped like a triangle. Working with one corner at a time, Sew a line from the “stopping point” to the fold. This line should be a 90 degree angle to the fold.
6. Repeat for all corners. This is important: turn the blanket right-side out and check to make sure your corners look right. If they do, then turn the blanket inside-out again and proceed.
7. Cut off the excess from each corner.
8. Turn the blanket right-side out. Press entire blanket.
9. Topstitch along the seam all the way around the inner square, making sure to sew the opening shut.
You’re done!


Head on over to Flannel Queen to shop for fabric or pick up a Self-Binding Blanket Kit.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for this tutorial! I've always just done a simple pillowcase-style method for sewing the front and back together. I'll definitely give this a try next time! :-)

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  2. I am going to try this! Do you have to use Flannel?

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  3. This is similar to a trick when lining curtains. Thanks!

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