Step 2: Sew the Blanket
1. I used fabric the exact size of the blanket, so I didn't need to measure or cut anything. If you have bigger fabric, you'll need to determine how big you want your blanket and cut it. Just remember that if you're using the same piece for the pillow, you'll need about 1 yard for the pillow.
Note: If you're not using a decorative edging, you can just use a basic hem. I'm not going to go into detail here, but if that's your plan, the rest of this step can be skipped.
2. Take your ribbon and start near a corner. You probably don't want the edge on a corner because the edge would be more difficult to finish. Make sure the nice edge is facing out and fold the ribbon in half over the edge. It should cover any rough edges. Pin the ribbon down.
3. Pinning the corners: To make a nice looking corner, fold the ribbon straight off the edge and hold close to the corner of the fabric (pin here if you'd like). Fold the ribbon down along the new edge so that the ribbon is perpendicular to the edge and fold it in half. There should be a fold at a 45 degree angle, try to line this up with the inner corner. You may need to do a little maneuvering to get this right.
4. Continue along until you run out of ribbon or pins.
5. Sew: Stitch the ribbon on using a machine. You should try to get as close to the edge of the ribbon as possible but make sure you aren't missing the ribbon on the other side! To be safe, I kept the right edge of the foot lined up with the fold in the ribbon. This way, I got all of the stitching a uniform distance from the edge. There is some loose ribbon but it's ribbon so it looks nice anyways.
6. Stitching Corners: Sew right up to the corner. Make sure that the fold doesn't get moved by the foot (leave the pins in to make sure things don't move). When you get to that 45-degree fold, stop and put the needle in the down position (if your machine has that ability). Then lift the foot and turn the fabric to move in the new direction. Move the needle back up into the regular (up) position and resume stitching.
7. When you get to the end of the ribbon: If you have a long enough piece to go all the way around the blanket, you won't need to worry about transitioning between two pieces.
- First, stitch all the way to the end of the first piece. Don't worry about making it look nice, we'll cover it up.
- Fold over the edge of the new piece. I stitched it but you really don't have to.
- Line up the new ribbon over the first ribbon, so that only nice edges show.
- Pin down the new piece and continue as normal
8. When you get all the way around: Cut the end of the ribbon beyond the start of the first ribbon. Use the method in number 7 to finish the edge. You'll want to stitch the folded edge before you sew this ribbon all the way on.
Now your blanket should be complete!