We think it’s safe to say Minky and Satin go together like peanut butter and jelly or avocado and toast. We might even go as far to say it’s a match-made in baby blanket heaven! From the super-soft and cozy Minky to the luxe Satin backing and border, we won’t blame you if you want to keep this blanket all to yourself.
Self-Binding Blanket Materials
- 1 Yard of Minky for the blanket top | Featured design: Origami Safari by diseminger
- 1 Yard of Satin for the blanket back and border | Featured design: Giraffe Spots by eclectic_house
- Sewing machine
- Washable fabric marker
- Self-healing cutting mat
Pro tip: Before you get started, remember to prewash your fabric. Find care instructions for Spoonflower fabric here.
Step 1. Cut out your fabric.
Cut off the selvage of your Satin fabric (blanket bottom) so it’s 54” wide x 36” tall. Cut your Minky fabric (blanket top) so it’s 46” x 28”.
Step 2. Mark the center points
Fold the Satin fabric in half, left to right, and then fold the fabric in half again, top to bottom. Unfold and mark the center points on all four sides with a washable fabric marker. Repeat with the Minky.
Pro tip: You can also iron a crease into the middle points of you fabric, so when you’re folding, pinning, and sewing, you can match up the creases
Step 3. Pin the fabric together.
Place the Minky on top of the Satin, right sides facing, making sure to line up the center points you marked in the step above. Pin the four center points in place.
Continue to pin the remainder of the fabric, working your way from the center to the edges. Having extra fabric at the corners is ok! We’ll be using it in a later step.
Pro tip: Minky and Satin are a slippery combo! Be sure to use lots of pins to prevent the fabric from shifting when stitching together. Like the saying goes: pin twice, sew once!
Step 4. Stitch the blanket sides.
Stitch the Minky and Satin sides together with a ½” seam, making sure to stop ¼” from each corner. You’ll also need to leave a 6” opening on one side so you can turn the fabric right side out. We recommend marking this section with your washable fabric marker.
Pro tip: You may find a walking foot helpful during this step!
Step 5. Make the Mitered Corners
Taking one of the corners of your blanket, fold the entire blanket in half to make a triangle. The seams on the two sides should matchup and the unsewn edges of the excess fabric should be making a 45º angle.
Align your ruler with the end of side seam stitching, forming a 90º degree angle with the folded edge and mark this point on your fabric with a line.
Stitch across the line you just marked. Trim the seam to ¼”.
Repeat for the remaining three corners.
Step 6. Turn your fabric right side out.
Turn your fabric right side out through the 6” opening and press your corners. Remember to use a synthetic setting if working with Satin and Minky. Stitch the opening closed by hand or with a machine.
Step 7. Topstitch your blanket.
Topstitch ¼” from the seam (onto the Minky) to stitch the two layers of fabric together.
Pro tip: Since Minky and Satin are slippery, before topstitching, find the middle point of both fabrics and tack in place.
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