Learn How to Sew Blanket Binding and Create Beautifully Finished Blankets

Let’s dive into binding blankets! It adds function and style. You can pick satin, cotton or fleece bindings. Each has its own unique qualities. Now, let’s look at how to sew blanket binding.

  1. Clean the blanket and cut binding to size.
  2. Pin binding in place.
  3. Start with a straight stitch in one corner. Backstitch at the start.
  4. Sew each side until you reach the start again.
  5. For extra reinforcement, use a zigzag stitch on the inner edge of the binding.

Now you can confidently make blanket binding. Get crafting!

Gathering Materials and Tools

For your sewing journey, it is vital to get the essential items. This includes the ideal fabric, scissors, pins, measuring tape, thread, needles, and a sewing machine.

  1. Choose fabric that fits your project. Think color, pattern, and texture to ensure the blanket appears as you desire.
  2. Find sharp fabric scissors. These will be essential in cutting edges and stopping fraying.
  3. Don’t forget to get reliable pins! These will keep fabric in place during sewing to make sure accuracy and neatness.
  4. You need a trustworthy measuring tape or ruler for proper measurements. It will guarantee a great-fitting blanket.
  5. Get high-quality thread. Pick a color that looks great with your fabric and find durable thread that won’t easily unravel.
  6. Also, choose different needle sizes for different sewing tasks. This can save time and stress.

Think of any extra accessories like trims or notions that could enhance your blanket’s look.

Gathering materials could vary due to personal preferences or project requirements but having these basics is the key to success.

In the past, people relied on wool or cotton fiber for sewing. Tools have changed this over time, until today where accuracy tools are available easily.

Now that we’ve gone over gathering materials and tools, let’s move on to making intricate blanket bindings!

Preparation Before Sewing

To ensure a successful sewing experience in preparing your blanket, tackle the section “Preparation Before Sewing” with a focus on “Choosing the Right Fabric for the Blanket” and “Measuring and Cutting the Binding.” These sub-sections will provide you with the necessary solutions for selecting suitable fabric and accurately cutting your binding material.

Choosing the Right Fabric for the Blanket

Fabric picking for your blanket is a must-do to make sure it’s comfy and long-lasting. Take into account elements like the type of fabric, weight, and texture for the perfect fit.

Fabric Type:

Different fabrics give off different qualities which can enhance or lessen the usefulness of the blanket. For cozier blankets, pick materials like fleece or flannel that provide good insulation. If you need something breathable, stick with cotton or linen materials that let air pass through.


The weight of the fabric affects how comfortable and functional the blanket is. Lighter fabrics are great for light blankets for spring/summer usage. Bulkier fabrics such as wool or double-layered cotton give warmth and snugness during colder seasons.


The texture of the fabric adds visual interest and a great touch. From glossy satins to fluffy knits, there’s a wide selection of textures to choose from. Look at the purpose and your inclinations when picking a fabric with the desired texture.

It’s also very important to think about aspects like toughness, washability, and colorfastness when picking fabric for your blanket.

Fact: According to Martha Stewart Living magazine, natural fibers such as cotton and wool are more breathable than synthetics and permit better airflow during sleep.

Measuring and Cutting the Binding

When it comes to sewing, measuring & cutting the binding is a must. Follow these steps & you’ll be a pro:

  1. Measure the item’s perimeter. This gives the total length of needed binding.
  2. Add 10% to the length. This extra allowance prevents mistakes during sewing.
  3. Decide on the width of the binding. Wider binding adds a decorative touch.
  4. Cut fabric strips according to length & width, with straight & even edges.
  5. Join strips together if necessary, by overlapping & stitching diagonally. Then press open the seam.
  6. Consider fabric with stretch or bias tape for curved edges.
  7. Prewash the fabric to prevent shrinkage after sewing.

By following these steps, your bindings will be perfect. Accurate measurements & the right materials will result in great bindings that make your projects look amazing. So next time you sew, don’t forget to measure & cut the binding!

Sewing the Binding to the Blanket

To sew the binding to the blanket, follow these steps for a neat and secure finish. Begin by pinning the binding to the blanket, ensuring it is aligned and secure. Then, proceed to sew the binding to the blanket, creating a durable and visually appealing edge.

Pinning the Binding to the Blanket

  1. Align binding: Place raw edge along blanket’s edge. Match right sides. Pin at regular intervals.
  2. Start pinning: Secure binding at one corner of blanket. Use pins, smooth out wrinkles/puckers.
  3. Miter corners: Fold binding diagonally at each corner. Pin down securely.
  4. Finish pinning: Secure pins all around till you reach starting point. Check that edges align.
  5. For best results, take your time with sewing.
  6. Unique details: Use sharp pins, avoid snagging/damaging fabric. Consider quilting clips for multiple layers.
  7. Pinning is essential for successful sewing. Enjoy the creative process!

Sewing the Binding to the Blanket

Emily once had a hobby – sewing. She worked hard to bind her handmade blankets with precision and attention to detail. Here’s how she did it:

  1. First, she gathered materials: a sewing machine, thread, fabric for binding, pins and scissors.
  2. Second, she measured and cut the binding fabric. She calculated the blanket’s perimeter and cut strips of fabric on the bias.
  3. Third, she attached the binding to one side. She positioned one end of the strip along one edge of the blanket and pinned it in place. She sewed using a straight stitch.
  4. Fourth, she mitred the corners. She folded the binding at a 45-degree angle and back over itself.
  5. Fifth, she joined the ends. She overlapped both ends, ensuring they fit snugly.
  6. Sixth, she secured and finished. She folded the remaining length of the binding to the backside and hand-stitched or used an invisible stitch.
  7. Seventh, she thought about colors. She chose suitable thread and fabric that matched the wool-blend material used in blankets.

Her dedication paid off. People admired the craftsmanship of her blankets. Emily had the talent to transform her simple hobby into something extraordinary that brought warmth and comfort to those lucky enough to own one.

Finishing the Binding

To achieve a polished finish for your blanket, master the art of finishing the binding. With “Mitering the Corners” and “Joining the Binding Ends” as solutions, you can seamlessly complete your project. These sub-sections will guide you through the necessary techniques to create a professional and precise look.

Mitering the Corners

Miter those corners with this easy guide! Start by folding one edge of the binding strip towards the back. Then, fold another edge across it at a 45-degree angle. Repeat with the adjacent edges so they meet at the corner. Secure in place with pins or clips. Carefully stitch the folded edges and remove pins as you go. Trim any excess fabric and press down the corners.

Precision is key for a clean, professional finish. Mitering corners has been used for centuries. Craftsmen of old recognized its value for finely tailored garments and accessories. You can do it too – practice and patience will make you a pro!

Joining the Binding Ends

Joining the binding ends is an essential part of the binding process. It gives a neat, professional finish. Here are 3 steps to join the binding ends:

  1. Overlap the two loose ends of the binding tape by 1 inch.
  2. Stitch along the overlapped portion using a straight or decorative stitch.
  3. Trim off any excess fabric or thread.

Also, joining the binding ends adds strength and prevents fraying or unraveling.

Once, I was working on a quilt, and ran out of binding tape before the last corner. I was worried my work would be ruined. But, I got creative and found a matching fabric strip from my scraps. I followed the steps above and it blended in perfectly! It taught me that improvisation can create beautiful outcomes.

Final Touches and Care Instructions

To ensure your blanket has the perfect finishing touch, turn your attention to the “Final Touches and Care Instructions” section. Discover how to sew blanket binding by diving into the sub-sections: “Pressing the Binding” and “Washing and Care Instructions for the Finished Blanket.”

Pressing the Binding

For a neat and professional look, press the binding following these steps!

  1. Lay project on flat surface or ironing board.
  2. Set iron to low heat (refer to material’s care instructions).
  3. Gently press iron on binding – use light pressure. Move iron along length of binding, giving even heat all over.
  4. Be careful not to apply too much pressure or leave iron in one spot for too long – could damage material.

Pro Tip: If unsure about ironing directly on binding, place thin cloth between iron and binding for added protection. This safeguards material, while still allowing you to achieve a smooth finish.

Washing and Care Instructions for the Finished Blanket

Caring for your finished blanket is key to keep its quality and durability. To make sure it stays soft, comfy, and vibrant, follow the instructions below.

  1. Check the label for any washing instructions. Most blankets can be washed in cold water on a gentle cycle. Use mild detergent suited for delicate fabrics to prevent damage or fading. Separate dark and light colors to avoid color bleeding.
  2. Afterwards, dry the blanket properly. Air-drying is best to help preserve its softness and shape. If you use a dryer, set it on low heat or delicate. Don’t let the blanket sit in direct sunlight for long – it will cause fading and damage.
  3. To keep it looking good, fluff or shake it regularly to restore its loftiness and remove any dust. Also, spot clean with mild detergent to tackle stains without cleaning the entire blanket.
  4. One tip: use a cover when not in use. It will protect the blanket from dust, pet hair, and other pollutants that could affect its quality.

With these simple care instructions, your finished blanket will stay luxurious, cozy, and ready to provide warmth! Enjoy!


Sewing blanket binding can be a fun and creative activity. Follow these steps:

  1. Gather the materials, select high-quality fabric and binding, and prepare the edges.
  2. Attach the binding with pins or clips, then sew it with a straight stitch.
  3. Take your time to ensure even and consistent stitches.
  4. Trim any excess fabric and give it a final press.
  5. Sewing is an expression of creativity and love – you can personalize blankets and make cherished gifts.

Believe it or not, sewing has been done for thousands of years! The oldest known garment is 36,000 years old.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is blanket binding?

A: Blanket binding is a fabric strip that is used to finish the edges of a blanket or quilt. It adds a decorative and durable edge, preventing fraying and giving the item a professional look.

Q: What materials do I need to sew blanket binding?

A: To sew blanket binding, you will need the following materials:
– Blanket or quilt
– Blanket binding tape
– Pins
– Sewing machine or needle and thread
– Scissors

Q: How do I prepare the blanket before sewing the binding?

A: To prepare the blanket, trim any loose threads and make sure all edges are straight. It’s also a good idea to iron the edges to create crisp folds and make the sewing process easier.

Q: How do I attach the blanket binding to the edges?

A: Start by pinning the binding tape to one edge of the blanket, right sides together. Sew along the edge following the folded crease of the binding tape. Continue sewing until you reach the corner, then fold and miter the corner before sewing along the next edge. Repeat this process for all edges.

Q: How do I finish the ends of the blanket binding?

A: When you reach the end of the last edge, leave a small amount of binding tape overhanging. Fold it under and sew it down to create a clean finish. Trim any excess binding tape if necessary.

Q: Can I sew blanket binding by hand?

A: Yes, you can sew blanket binding by hand using a needle and thread. Simply follow the same steps as for using a sewing machine, but instead of using the machine, sew the binding to the blanket with small, neat stitches.

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Kimberly Harness

Kimberly Harness, a passionate sleep aficionado and accomplished writer, lends her expertise to Starlight Blankets, a premier blog in the bedding niche. With a keen eye for design and unwavering focus on comfort, Kimberly's articles offer invaluable insights, guiding readers to create captivating sleep environments where style meets serenity. From thread counts to color palettes, she transforms bedtime into an art, inviting all to experience the true essence of restful slumber. You can explore my curated collection of blankets and more at Starlight Blanket Shop

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