How To Finish A Blanket: 3 Easy Methods For Beginners

After you’ve made your blanket, you don’t wanna leave its edges undone, right?

 

To help you with this, here are the three easy ways on how to finish a blanket.

 

With those crafty hands of yours, you can definitely make those edges look slick!

 

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How To Finish A Blanket?

 

Method #1. Sewing a hem

 

  • Step #1. First, you should fold the edges of your blankets. The width of the folds should be 0.5 inch. To hold them to place, secure them with the pins.

 

  • Step #2. Then, set your sewing machine. It should be on a zigzag stitch setting.

 

Make sure that you review first the manual of your machine before proceeding.

 

Skipping the instructions might damage your blanket during the process— you wouldn’t want that.

 

After making sure you know exactly how to operate the sewing machine, continue with stitching.

 

  • Step #3. Do zigzag stitches along the edges of your blanket. When you reach the end, do backstitches.

 

This will help secure the folded edges.

 

  • Step #4. Cut loose threads on your blanket and done! You have sewn a hem.

 

Method #2. Fringing

 

  • Step #1. When doing a double-layer blanket, you must first cut a square piece of fabric at each of the corners of your blanket.

 

It should be 3 to 4 inches in size.  When fringing a single layer one, you won’t need to do it.

 

If you have always found it hard to cut straight and accurately, you can first make a template.

 

You will need a guide for this

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  • Step #2. In a piece of cardboard or construction paper, draw lines of 2 inches which are 0.5 inch apart.

 

It will be better if you will use a marker or a dark-colored pen when drawing lines. This will make the marks more visible.

 

  • Step #3. Tape or pin your template onto the edge of your blanket 3 inches from the raw edge. Using it as a guide, cut fringes.

 

It will now be easier to cut straight.

 

  • Step #4. Continue cutting until you reach the end then proceed to tie.

 

Create knots with two adjacent fringe pieces (if you are doing a double layer blanket, you will need to tie 4 pieces together).

 

Do this all around the edges of your blanket. Once done, you now have that cozy and creative cover-up. 

 

Method #3. Braiding

 

  • Step #1. You can only achieve this in two-layer blankets. You must first take two blankets of the same size.

 

Put them together in a way that the printed sides are facing each other.

 

  • Step #2. Using a sewing machine, sew straight stitches 0.5 inch from the edges of the blankets.

 

Take note that you should leave a 6-inch gap for inverting later.

 

  • Step #3. After sewing all the edges, turn the blanket inside out through the opening.

 

Continue until all the fabric is out and the stitches you made earlier are now inside.

 

You should be able to see the printed sides of the blankets which are neatly put together.

 

  • Step #4. With the sewing machine, sew the gap close using the same stitch you used earlier. The edges should look as even as possible.

 

Step #5. Afterward, you can proceed with cutting fringe pieces. You can use a template if you are having a hard time cutting straight.

 

It will also make the braids look neat and even.

 

  • Step #6. Draw 2-inch lines which are 0.5 inch apart on a piece of cardboard or construction paper. This will serve as the template.

 

Place it about 3 inches from the edge of the blanket and secure it with a pin or tape.

 

  • Step #7. Guided by the template, cut fringe pieces. Do it up to the edge of the template starting from that of the fabric.

 

Continue until you are done with all the edges.

 

  • Step #8. Sew straight stitches on the edges of the fringe pieces to secure.

 

You can now start the fun part, the braiding!

 

  • Step #9. Starting from a corner, pull a loop (a fringe piece you cut) over the loop to its right.

 

Then, pull the loop next to it over the last loop you just pulled.

 

  • Step #10. You can either use a crochet hook or just your hand on this.

 

Continue doing the same process along the blanket until you only have one loop left.

 

  • Step #11. Now, secure the last loop with the first loop you pulled with stitching.

 

You can do it with a sewing machine on a zigzag stitch setting.

 

  • Step #12. If you want your beautifully braided edges to be sturdier, you can use a needle and a thread to sew through two loops.

 

It takes effort to secure all of them but it will be worth it!

 

  • Step #13. Now that you are done with all the braiding and sewing, you can now use your blanket accented with elegant braids.

 

Conclusion

There is no such thing as standard when it comes to ways on how to finish a blanket.

 

You can always explore and add a bit of your personality, taste, and emotions.

 

You can do whatever you want to do—even hand stitching and adding a bias tape.

 

As long as you do things with passion, every piece of blanket will be appreciated.

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How To Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket: Basic 3-Step DIY Guide

Babies love soft things. If you’re a quilter with a little one, it’s essential to know how to machine quilt a baby blanket for them to snuggle with.

You’ll need a sewing machine, quite a few fabrics, and some patience. If all goes well, your baby will bask in the comfort of a newly quilted blanket in no time.

 

How Do You Machine Quilt A Baby Blanket?

Whether it’s your first time quilting or you need a recap, you need to invest in different fabrics for all the blanket parts.

To start, you’ll need the main fabric that will serve as the centerpiece of the blanket. Regarding measurements, the average starting size for a baby blanket is 40 to 42 inches, so you need the fabric to measure around this range.

You’ll also want a fabric for the backing or reverse side. The material will serve as a good complement for the main design or pattern. Measurements around 1 and ¼ to 1 and ½ yards should suffice.

Next is a binding fabric. This material will help hold the blanket together. You’ll need around 1/3 to ½ yard of this.

You’ll also need batting. The purpose is to ensure the blanket is soft and comfy on the inside.

Forty-two inches is a suitable measurement. Remember, the quality depends on the material, so decide what kind of batting will suit the baby. Last but not least, you’ll need pins, of course.

You might be thinking of pre-washing the fabrics before you start the project. It’s a good idea, no doubt, but many high-quality fabrics are color-safe. You won’t have to worry about pre-washing too much.

 

Step #1: Sandwich the materials

Start with the backing fabric. You probably have already noticed that its size is slightly bigger than the main fabric.

The reason for this is you start machine quilting from the blanket’s top, and everything beneath can move a bit during the process. If your backing is bigger than everything else, it won’t come off smaller than the front by mistake.

Lay the backing flat on the floor. When it’s all smoothed out, place the batting in the center. Repeat this with the main fabric.

Make sure they’re all appropriately centered. You should be able to see all three layers of this “fabric sandwich.”

From here, you can use pins to keep them in place.

 

Step #2: Stitch the layers

At this point, you can now let the machine do the work. Stitching is also the part where you get creative.

It may seem like you’re just trying to stitch the three layers together at first glance. However, the beauty of quilting comes in here as you can decide how the stitches will look on the quilt. This kind of creative control is why there are many ways to stitch a quilt.

When you’ve finished stitching, you don’t stop there. Remember the binding fabric?

 

Step #3: Bind the quilt

Binding is a rather tricky task. With a bit of patience, you’ll get the whole blanket finished and looking good.

Cut out the binding fabric into strips that measure 2 and ½ inches x the width of the blanket. Sew all the strips together by the shorter sides. Fold the result in half and press it down.

You can start pinning the binding on the blanket starting from the middle of one side. Make sure to place the binding on the front side. Start gradually pinning the binding to the side of the blanket.

When you reach a corner, stick a pin and fold the binding 45 degrees opposite the adjacent side. Fold it back into itself so that it aligns with the adjoining side and stick another pin. You should see a triangular flap on the corner.

When you reach the starting point, take both ends of the strips and fold the ends down. Don’t forget to pin both folds down.

Make sure the two ends still meet. You may want to press this part with an iron to make the folds crease.

Cut off any excess to about ¼ inch from the folds. Take off the pins, match the strips’ right sides, fasten with a pin again, and sew a seam on the crease. Open the fold, press it down, refold it, and pin it back again.

Now you can start sewing the binding in place. Start sewing with a ¼ inch allowance, removing pins as you go.

When you get to the flaps, stop when you’re ¼ inch away. Rotate the blanket and make sure the flap is in the opposite direction. Sew the next seam by the edge of the last side.

Once you’ve finished sewing, fold the binding over to the back. At this point, you’ll have to sew it to the backing by hand.

There you have it! Once you see how the blanket has turned out, you can congratulate yourself for a job well done.

 

Conclusion

Quilting sure is challenging, but who doesn’t love a challenge? It’ll be worthwhile once the lucky recipient feels nice and cozy rolling around in it. Now that you know how to machine quilt a baby blanket, your little one will be in for a treat!

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