Thursday, March 1, 2012
Tutorial: Satin Bound Fleece Blanket
We've all seen these blankets. Anyone who has been to JoAnn's has seen the hundreds of bolts of fleece fabric lining the walls. Today I'm going to show you how to create a quick satin bound blanket using a square yard of fleece and one package of pre-packaged stain binding.
Start by cutting your fleece down to your desired blanket size. I made a 30" square blanket. I find that is the perfect size for little people!
If you purchase one yard of fleece, you will have enough fleece to make two of these blankets, so buy an extra package of binding and make an extra blanket for a friend!
For this next part, you will need your binding and walking foot. You can make this blanket if you don't have a walking foot, but I find it is much easier to sew if the fabric is being pulled from the bottom AND top.
Place your fleece into the binding and stitch using a zig zag stitch. I like to start in the middle of one side so I don't have to have messy corners.
When you get to the corner, stitch to within a 1/4" of the edge. Fold the binding back on the already stitched binding. The corner will look like this:
Yeah. that one's a little blurry, but you'll totally get it once you try it. If not, email me and I can get you some better pictures.
Once you get the corner in place, pin it down!! You don't want that puppy moving anywhere!
Continue stitching around the edge of the binding until you get close to the point where the bindings meet.
Cut the binding to an inch or so more than what you need to make the bindings meet as you will be laying the ending binding OVER the starting binding. Fold under the ending binding 1/2" and lay it down over the starting binding.
Pin and stitch! Stitch the binding down then stitch up the folded over section to keep little fingers from reaching inside and pulling out the binding from underneath.
And voila! Another great little gift for Lennon! I thought the Beatles fabric was fitting since his name IS Lennon. :)
This blanket is a great project for beginning sewers and makes a perfect gift for little people with chilly legs! I have added satin backing to these before binding, which has worked wonderfully. There's something about having the choice of hot or cold fabric against your feeties that just makes you smile!
As always, if you make a blanket using this or any tutorial you found on Mommy For Reals, please please PLEASE share with me on my Flickr page! I love to see all your creations!