For Christmas, I made Baby B some soft new blankies that I was hoping she’d like and grow to love as her special blankies. So far, my plan is working and she seems to really love cuddling them! (“Them” – I made two so that I could rotate washing them, and just in case one got lost!)
These blankies are sooooo soft and warm. They have two layers of minky cuddle fabric sewn together and bound by a satin edge. I daresay this is the most perfectly decadent DIY baby blanket combination ever!
I remember trying to sew satin binding on a baby blanket a long time ago and thinking it was WAY TOO HARD. Well, I took a stab at it again and it wasn’t so bad! All it takes is patience and PINS – the Two Essential P’s of sewing satin blanket binding.
Here’s how I made Baby B’s new, fluffy blankies:
How to Sew a Double Minky & Satin Bound Baby Blanket
Materials (for two 30″ x 30″ blankets):
- 1 yard of patterned minky fabric
- 1 yard of plush rosette minky fabric
- satin blanket binding
- sewing machine
- TONS of pins
- straight edged ruler
- cutting mat
- rotary cutter
(Note: Sorry about the junky, poorly lit photos. I made this blanket on the darkest day of the year. Seriously.)
Cut out a perfect 30″ x 30″ square from the patterned minky fabric. I use a straight edged ruler, cutting mat and rotary cutter make sure I’m cutting a nice, straight square. Repeat for the second blankie if you’re making one. Lay the square over top of the rosette minky fabric and pin them together. Use the first square as a pattern to cut a square out of the minky rosette. Repeat for the second blankie.
Place a square of patterned minky fabric and a square of rosette minky fabric wrong sides together and pin well around the edges. (That’s my secret trick when working with slippery, slidey minky – pin, pin, PIN!) Sew the layers together by stitching a seam about 1/2″ from the edge. Use a long stitch length to help the minky slide through the presserfoot. You can also use a walking foot on this type of fabric if you like.
Open up the satin binding, fold the ends in as pictured above, and iron them gently.
Fold the binding over the edge of one side of the blanket, starting near the middle. Pin it like crazy along the edges of the binding. I found pinning parallel to the satin binding edge worked the best. Don’t be shy with your pins, folks! The more, the better. As you’re pinning, make sure that you can feel that the bottom and top edges of the binding are in the same spot.
Using a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine, sew along the diagonal edge, then pivot, and then along the straight edge of the binding all the way to the end of your first side. Make one side of your zigzag just come over your satin binding edge, like this:
You can flip the blanket over to inspect it as you go along if you like. Mine weren’t 100% perfect, but the zigzag still caught on the backside and was pretty close to the edge:
To make a faux mitered corner, you’re going to fold your binding like the photo above when it’s opened up. Then, fold it up over the next edge of the blanket, iron it, and pin it like so:
You can adjust the miter so that the crease is in the same spot on the top and bottom as you are pinning it. Don’t forget to iron it lightly – it really helps!
Repeat the zigzagging and the corner mitering until you reach the side you started on.
Then, open up your binding, cut it so that it overlaps about 4″ over where you started. Fold the ends under as shown above and press them.
Pin everything again, and continue zigzagging over the edge, and down the diagonal end.
Voila! A soft, supple, and perfect little handmade baby blanket fit for any new baby to love.
Baby B loves hers – applesauce mouth, baby food jammies and all!