How To Sew Satin Blanket Binding In Only 4 Steps

Those who don’t know how to sew satin blanket binding will be pleased with these four easy steps. In fairness, sewing a satin binding on a blanket is relatively easy, to begin with. Remember our guide on how to sew on blanket binding

Satin binding comes pre-made, so you’re only positioning and sewing it in place. However, there are other techniques, such as mitered corners, that you must learn. But enough of this introduction, get your blanket and satin binding ready, and let’s get started!

 

How To Sew Satin Blanket Binding

How To Sew Satin Blanket Binding On A Fleece Blanket

 

1. Sandwich the blanket edge with the binding strip

Since satin blanket binding comes pre-made, you only need to position it onto your blanket. Two packs of binding should suffice for one and a half yards of fleece. Additionally, please remember to trim the selvages of your blanket before sewing in the satin binding.

Position the end of the binding along one edge of your blanket. You’ll notice a shorter edge on the strip, so make sure that this will be underneath the blanket face. Once you get a good position, sandwich the blanket between the strip and pin it in place.

 

2. Sew the binding in place with zigzag stitch

 You can sew the binding by hand or with a sewing machine, whichever method you’re most comfortable with. A zigzag stitch would be ideal, but make sure that you’re also sewing the long edge of the strip underneath. It might be more efficient to use a sewing machine because of the thick material.

Once you reach a corner, you have to stop sewing. One of the main techniques to learn when adding satin binding to blankets is how to miter the corners. There are several ways to make mitered corners, but the most straightforward technique is leaving the needle in the blanket when you stopped around 3.5 inches from the edge.

 

3. Miter the corners and attach the second binding

Align the fleece edge with the fold of the binding strip by folding the latter at an adjacent angle. Pin the corner in place and line up the binding fold with the excess fold by pushing the extra binding into the corner. You can then remove the pin you placed and use it for the corner you just mitered. 

Sew the corner without taking out the pin in the fold. Continue stitching until you reach the end of the binding to attach the second binding strip. Fold the corner into a triangle so that you can align the long edges. 

 

4. Finish the binding by backstitching the joining seam

Sew the second binding strip in place and fold the end into a triangle. This way, you can sew the raw end for a neater finish. Secure the joining seam of the two strips by backstitching. Be extra careful when you’re sewing by hand because satin can fray when you poked it with a needle several times.

 

How Do You Make Satin Blanket Binding?

You can buy satin blanket strips pre-packed and press them before using. But if you have some satin fabric lying around, it’s also possible to make satin binding from them. This way, you can have the exact amount of binding for your specific blanket without needing to connect several strips. 

  1. Cut a strip from your satin material according to the size of your blanket. The binding can have a similar length to the blanket, while the strip’s width can be the same as the seam allowance you’ll use to attach it 
  2. Press the strip with an iron so that you can see any creases or uneven measurements
  3. Join several strips by placing them on right sides together, but pin them since satin is quite slippery
  4. Press the seams flat on one side and turn the edges under

Double Fold Blanket Binding Vs Single Fold Blanket Binding

When you’re learning how to sew satin blanket binding, you’ll come across double fold and single fold binding. It’s essential to know the difference between them, especially when buying pre-made binding. A quick comparison is that a double fold binding has both edges folded to the middle, while a single fold binding only has one side folded to the center.

Double fold binding

A double fold binding strip essentially means that the piece is folded in half equally at the middle. It’s the most common satin binding because you only need to sandwich the blanket so the edge meets the folded part of the strip. The longer edge will be underneath the blanket. 

Single fold binding

Unlike a double fold binding strip, a single fold binding strip is unfolded because you’ll only fold one side to the middle. To use it, sew the strip to the blanket edge and wrap the raw edge to the back to tuck it. It can be confusing to some because folding it is pretty similar to how you’ll use a double fold binding strip. 

Conclusion

Adding a satin binding to your blanket does not only improve its aesthetics, but the binding also ensures that the edges won’t fray. You can understand how to sew satin blanket binding in four easy steps, but the main gist is to sandwich the blanket with the premade strip and sew the latter in place. 

You can reread each step to understand how to do them better. Overall, we hope you found this article helpful, including how to differentiate a double fold binding from a single fold binding. 

how to bind a baby blanket

Learn How To Bind A Baby Blanket At Home In 12 Easy Steps

Making baby blankets is one thing; learning how to bind a baby blanket is another.

 

You can sew a baby blanket to bind it. The details are below, and we added other baby blanket-related topics after it as well.

 

You will learn a lot of things in this article, especially if you’re a new parent. Be sure to give the whole thing a read!

 

Step-By-Step Guide On How To Bind A Baby Blanket

 

Step #1. Prepare your materials

Here are the materials you need; for the fabrics, you need 1 and 1/4 backing/binding, plus 7 or 8 yards of contrasting fabric.

 

You also need a rotary cutter, a ruler, a mat, and an erasable ink pen.

 

Lastly, you need a sewing machine.

 

Step #2. Fabric

First, cut the binding fabric into 40”x40” squares. Next, cut your contrast fabric into 30”x30” squares.

 

Then, diagonally fold the squares to ensure that they are indeed square.

 

You can cut the squares smaller, but ensure that the binding fabric is 10” bigger than the contrast fabric.

 

Step #3. Find the center

Place the contrast fabric in the middle of the cotton square with the right side up.

 

Step #4. Pin

First, find the center of one side of your contrast fabric and your backing fabric. Then, pin the center and edges of the contrast fabric to the edges of the backing fabric.

 

Leave one inch of contrast fabric’s corners unpinned. You will have at least 5” space of fabric on either side.

 

Next, find the center on the other sides and pin them as well.

 

Step #5. Floppy

You should have floppy triangles on the fabric corners after pinning them.

 

Step 6. Mark

Mark a dot 1/4” from both edges on all corners. Use a ruler.

 

Step #7. Sew

Sew all the edges together with a 1/4” seam allowance. Leave an 8” opening on one side so you can turn the blanket with the right side out.

 

When you are sewing one side, pull the next one out of the way. Sew the seams until the 1/4” dot.

 

Lift the needle when you reach the dot and turn the blanket.

 

Pull the backing fabric from the side you were working on. Then, sew the next side of the backing fabric from the 1/4” dot.

 

The floppy outside corners would still be open.

 

Step #8. Mitered corners

Pull the center fabric away from the backing fabric to make mitered corners.

 

Begin from one corner and pull it, then match the raw outside edges and make a triangle.

 

Diagonally fold the center fabric in half, match it to the intersecting seams. This should have a 45-degree angle next to the triangle flap.

 

Mark a line from the seam ends using a ruler. Then, draw along the outside folded edge of the binding fabric.

 

Step #9. Trim

Sew from the 1/4” endpoint of the original seam to the edge of the folded binding fabric.

 

Then, trim the excess flap 1/4” away from the new seam. Discard the excess.

 

Step #10. Flatten and press

Flatten the new seam open, then press it. Press the other seams, too, and make sure they remain flat even when you turn them with the right side up.

 

Finally, flatten and press the remaining corners as well.

 

Step #11. Right side out

Turn the blanket right side out when all corners are mitered. Shape the blanket carefully, then press the outside edges.

 

Tuck the center fabric’s edges toward the outside or binding fabric. Pin the edges together.

 

Step #12. Top stitch

Top stitch along the edges of the center fabric. Close the opening for turning.

 

Top stitch the outside blanket as well. Do the same thing on the middle of the center fabric as well to prevent it from shifting when being washed.

 

What is a self-binding baby blanket?

The steps above tell you how to make a self-binding baby blanket. Here, we’ll clarify the difference between a self-binding blanket and a traditionally bound one.

 

First, the former uses backing fabric. This is to make a finished edge outside the quilt, which gives it an applied binding look.

 

A self-bound blanket also takes less time to finish.

 

You can self-bind your quilts if you do not use them extensively because the outer edges of quilts are prone to damage.

 

Since the self-bound blanket only has one layer, it is not as sturdy as traditionally bound ones.

 

What is a baby blanket?

There are numerous variations of baby blankets. However, there are four main types; these are receiving blankets, swaddling blankets, security blankets, and crib blankets.

 

The receiving blanket is the most versatile among the four, while the swaddling blankets are for swaddling only.

 

A security blanket is generally made of soft fabric and made to provide comfort for your newborn.

 

Lastly, crib blankets have different types as well, from sheets to bedding sets.

 

Nonetheless, choosing one should be based on safety and comfort first.

 

Conclusion

Learning how to bind a baby blanket by yourself is challenging, especially since it is for your baby.

 

Despite the challenge, we assure you that it’s worth it when your baby lays on it and loves it!

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