Step 6: Prepare Binding

Blanket binding is a wide strip of satin folded in half. One side of the fold is slightly shorter than the other. Before you use it, you want to iron out the wrinkles. Put your iron on the satin setting and, keeping it folded, iron both sides of the satin.

Then prepare the beginning of the satin. With the folded side away from you and the shorter side up, the beginning end is the one on your left. Take this end, open it up. If the edge isn't even, cut it and gently burn the edges with a flame to keep them from fraying. If you burn too much you will scorch it and it will become all wrinkled. Re-cut and start over if this happens. Then fold the ends to the middle fold so you are left with a point -- like the first steps of making a paper airplane. Close the satin and adjust so that the folds line up on top of each other. Iron.
<p>Made mine with flannel and &quot;minky&quot; cuddle material on the other side. I love this blanket.</p>
<p>Would I be able to use fleece on one side and flannel on the other. I want to make a lap blanket for my husband. I have a little over two yards of a hard to find fleece pattern. I wanted something a little involved than a tie blanket. I am learning to sew and your clear instructions make me confident. </p>
<p>Thanks for your lovely, clear instructions! I made this blanket for my soon-to-arrive nephew Teddy. </p>
<p>This was so helpful! Thank you! Do you make your own silk binding or do you just buy it pre-made? I'm looking to sell blankets and am trying to figure out pricing and what is most cost/time effective. Thank you again :)</p>
<p>Loved this tutorial. Expecting my second grandson in September and wanted to make him his own special blanket. I'm not sure if you can see it, but I cross stitched his name just in small letters to make it personal before I sewed it together. Very happy with the whole outcome.</p>
<p>Could I do this with flannel one one side, and micro fleece on the other?</p>
I just have to say this is THE BEST blanket tutorial ever! Thank you so much for sharing. I have followed your instructions to make several of these blankets for family and friends and they come out perfect every time. Great tutorial!
<p>Thanks so much! I am so glad it worked out well for you :) Happy sewing!</p>
Okay, I have made a few fleece blankets, and also a couple of flannel blankets now. I'm a beginning sewer. I get my pre-made satin binding from Walmart. I consistently have trouble with wavy, uneven sewing lines. I lay the blanket flat, put the binding on it, and I pin it down. The front/back appear to be &quot;straight&quot;. Then when I start sewing the front, it is a nice even line along the binding, and I flip the blanket over and EVERY time it is wavy and it goes from being right along the edge to as much as 1/2 inch into the binding. I can't see what's going on on the back side while I sew... and it NEVER turns out straight. What am I doing wrong??
<p>Honestly, use Wright's. It's the only brand that I use now for satin blanket binding. I have tried several other, cheaper brands and exactly the same thing happens to me. It slips around, it's not cut evenly so I can't line it up with the border on my blanket properly, the short side and the long side aren't consistent. It's not you that's making it wavy. It's the cheap satin that's not cut properly.</p>
Hmmm, I am not sure, but satin is a very slippery material to work with. The satin binding you are using has a crease it in right? I have only tried the Wrights Single Fold Satin Blanket Binding, so one thought is that it could be that the brand you are using is slightly different than the one that I have used. One thing that I always do is adjust the pins as I sew, so every 6-12 inches, I check the un-sewn binding and readjust as necessary. Another thing to check, if it is just the back side that is wonky, is that your feed dogs (those moving metal teeth-looking things under your fabric on your sewing machine) are working properly. If they are not in the 'up' position, or if they are not moving, then the bottom fabric may not be moving at the same speed at the top of your fabric and you can get funky slippage. And finally, try to play with distance between the satin crease and the edge of the blanket. It could be that you either have too wide of a gap, or not enough gap. Just make sure that the edge of the flannel is not bent over at all under the satin. Let me know if none of that works and I can thing of other things to try.
Thank you so much. I'll do better on the &quot;next&quot; one.
It says &quot;attach the binding to the blanket&quot; and &quot;one side of the blanket at a time&quot;.<br>Then it says &quot;when you sew the satin on to the binding&quot;. Isn't the satin THE binding? Does this just mean from the corner of the folded satin binding to the edge of the binding and continue on around? I know, I'm a first time grandmama and new to sewing.<br>
Actually, that's just a typo!, it should be &quot;when you sew the binding on to the blanket&quot; Thanks for catching that, I will fix it now. Also, just to be clear, when I say 'one side of the blanket at a time', I mean one of the four side edges at a time. I realize that 'side' could be taken to mean top or bottom. Let me know if you have any other questions, and I hope this works for you!
I am having a problem with my zig zag stitch catching the underside satin binding on the edge like the top side. &nbsp;Any helpful ideas for me??<br /> Michelle
I&nbsp;have a couple of things you might try:<br /> 1-Make sure that the shorter side of the binding is facing up. All of the satin binding I&nbsp;have seen has one side that is shorter. Check to make sure that is the case<br /> 2-I try to just barely catch the satin edge on the top side. The satin has a little ridge at the end, and I&nbsp;try to put my top zig-zag so that it just catches all of the ridge<br /> 3-Try not lining up the fold of the satin completely with the edge of the flannel, leave a little gap. That way the satin is more likely to lie on the fold and retain a shorter and longer side. <br /> 4-If all else fails, just put your zig-zag so that you aren't catching the edge at all. You can either try to catch just one of the sides over the edge, or sew a good 1/4 to 1/2 inch in from the edge. It creates a different effect, but looks just as polished. <br />
Thanks for your help.&nbsp; I've been fooling with this for awhile.&nbsp; I had already cut my binding, so I'll just forge ahead.&nbsp; But I like this.&nbsp; Maybe I can sew the binding back together and then do your idea.&nbsp; Thanks again.
Good luck! I had to try a few different methods before I came across this one somewhere online and it works great for me. <br />

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