Snuggle Up to a DIY Self-Binding Minky Blanket

FEB 8, 2019 updated May 18, 2021

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

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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  • Hello,

    I’m a bit confused about how to pin the fabric together since one is smaller …..

    Any clarification would be helpful

    Thank you

    • Hi there, Thanks so much for your question! Since the two pieces of fabric are different sizes, excess fabric is expected when pinning. As you start pinning, you’ll want to match up the raw edges together, making sure the center points you marked in step 2 match up. Remember to keep the excess fabric within the pinned layers! I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask.

      Take care,
      Amy
      Spoonflower

  • Can this blanket (minky and satin) be machine washed and dried? I’m making a blanket for my granddaughter’s isolette in the NICU. Parents want to bring it home to wash and bring back the next day. No time to line dry. Thanks for your help and the great instructions.

    • Hi Ellen,

      Thanks so much for your question and we hope your handmade blanket brings comfort and strength to you and your family. We recommend washing this blanket separately in cool water using a gentle machine cycle. Machine dry using a low temperature or permanent press setting and remove promptly to avoid wrinkles. You can learn more about Spoonflower’s care instructions for all of our fabrics here. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!

      Best Regards,
      -Meredith F.
      Spoonflower

  • I’m terrible at mixing prints. How did you decide what prints to put together?

    • Hi Jill,

      Thank you for your interest in Spoonflower! With over 1 million designs in the Spoonflower Marketplace you can find just the designs you’re looking for. You can search for different design themes through the search bar at the top right corner of your page. Here is a search of woodland prints to get you started. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!

  • Cindi Presley

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    I have a question regarding instructions. Step 4 states to stop sewing 1/4 in from corner. Yet In Step 6 it appears that the stitching is much more than 1/4” when being marked @ 90 degrees. Am I missing something?
    Thanks

    • Cindi Presley

      Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      Sorry, I meant that stitching stopped well before 1/4” to corner.

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    I’m a little confused as far as pinning goes. The initial picture shows the satin as having an extra fabric, while the next picture shows these two line up perfectly on top of one another. Also, is just one corner need to be mittered?

    Thank you!!

  • Are these instructions missing a step? Do you fold the extra width of the satin under the smaller-sized minky in order to create the edging? I can’t figure that part out based on the pictures and instructions. Thanks!

    • Hi Caitlin,

      Thanks so much for your question and we apologize for the confusion. After the four corners are mitered, you will turn the blanket right-sides out and shape the blanket to create the satin border. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!

      Best Regards,
      -Meredith F.
      Spoonflower

  • Hi, I’m a beginner. Any recommendations or special considerations needed when using a faux fur minky fabric?

    • Hi there,
      Great question! The Minky can be a bit slippery so working with lots of pins and a walking foot is recommended. I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!