Self Binding Baby Blanket Tutorial

Self Binding Baby Blanket Tutorial

Looking for a baby shower gift you can easily create over and over again with custom fabrics? Or maybe some beautiful decor for a new nursery?

Today we'll teach you how to create a beautiful mitered corner baby blanket from two squares of fabric. It couldn’t be easier! We used super soft Minky and Embrace Double Gauze from Shannon Fabrics to create this blanket, but you can use any soft material for yours. Switch it up with flannel, fleece, and quilting cotton for the gift for mom and baby- find it all on fabric.com! Let's get started.

Supplies Needed

For our baby blanket, we used a large square of Minky for the border and a smaller square of Embrace Double Gauze for the inside of the blanket.

Self Binding Baby Blanket

Cutting Instructions

The basic idea of this blanket is that your backing and binding fabric will be a large square and your “main” fabric will be a small square the finished size of your blanket.

We’re making a 35” sized blanket which is perfect as a baby blanket, with a 45” backing and binding piece. The Minky will create a border that is 5” on every side, since we are using a 10” bigger piece than the Gauze. You can make any sizes you’d like with as wide or small of a border as you’d like, by playing around with the dimensions of the cut pieces. If you make a blanket larger than 54” square, we recommend tacking the front and back together a few times at regular intervals to keep them together.

First, cut your Minky fabric into a 45” square. You can leave the selvedge on, it will not show on the finished blanket. The easiest way to do this is to ensure your edges are straight and fold into a 45 degree angle to cut.

Cut your gauze fabric into a 35” square using the same method.

On the wrong side of the Minky fabric, with your ruler and marking tool, mark a line 4.5” from the corner as shown. We are using ½” seam allowances here, so the finished border will be 5” once sewn.

Self Binding Baby Blanket

*Tip – if you are using your own dimensions, take the width of your border and take out ½” for your own corner measurements.

Cut these marked corners off.

Sewing Instructions

Fold your minky to the wrong side of the fabric ½” and pin. This will ensure that you have nice finished binding on your self binding blanket.

Self Binding Baby Blanket

Fold your corner right sides together and sew at a ½” seam allowance. Make sure these are VERY accurate, it will affect your finished results!
Repeat this for all four corners.

Self Binding Baby Blanket

Flip all corners out - almost done!

Self Binding Baby Blanket

Tuck your gauze piece into all the corners, it should fit exactly. Make sure this is flat so your finished blanket isn’t bunched. Pin in place.

Self Binding Baby Blanket

Pin down your binding on top of the gauze with a ½” fold under all the way around.

Self Binding Baby Blanket

Topstitch the binding in place about ¼” from the inside edge. You can also use a blanket or zig zag stitch for this. A walking foot is essential for even binding.

Self Binding Baby Blanket

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