How to apply blanket binding

So, you think you will make a quick blanket as a gift and you buy some cute flannel and fuzzy fabric and want to add the classic satin blanket binding.  Then you get frustrated because it bunches and snags and you can’t find any help on the internet!  I recently scoured the net for directions on how to apply blanket binding with mitered corners.  I found a couple sites, but none with many details.  So here are some more details to help you put satin blanket binding on the edge of fabric.   I wanted to put the binding on the edge, overlapping the fabric just 1/2 inch.  I also didn’t want to fold it in half again, as you would for a quilt binding.  I came up with this through trial and error, and perhaps there is a different way, but this worked for me.   One more thing, I used a straight stitch with a walking foot.  If you don’t have a walking foot, and you can’t get the tension right on your machine (which happened on my old machine and one reason why I have a new one), you can do a wide zig-zag on the very edge, with half the zig zag on the binding and half on the fabric.  It looks nice, too, and holds up just as well.

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I applied the binding to the edge of the fabric, about 1/2 inch in.  You can put it at any distance you like, maybe even all the way in so that the edge of the fabric is touching the inside of the fold of the binding.  You will sandwich the fabric between the binding.  Sew down the length of it and stop 1/2 inch (or however far you have sandwiched it in) from the edge.

(Excuse my blurry macro shot.  Still figuring out how to take good pictures.)

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Next, fold the binding up, as shown, to form a 45 degree angle.  Finger press this a lot.  You will need this fold to guide you.  You could even use an iron, but I would rather not have such a permanent crease in case I need to adjust it for whatever reason.

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Open up the binding and lay it down in front of you .  Push up the left side of the binding until it touches the inside of the top fold.  You will now have a mitered corner on the front.  Pin that through the first three layers to keep it in place while you do the back.  Fold the back in the same way.  Then put the straight pin through all the layers.

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Pull the binding down to sandwich the next side to be stitched.  Pin it in place.

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Go back to where you stopped sewing, backstitch and sew the corner and continue sewing until you get to the next corner.

And that is how I mitered the corners of the Daycare Baby Blanket I made for my niece.  Good luck with your blanket!


12 responses to this post.

  1. TOTALLY impressed. I can’t wait until I have a baby and you can make me a blanket, ha ha. 🙂 Oh… I was supposed to follow the directions and make my own? Hmph.


    • Posted by amberjsquirrel on September 3, 2009 at 8:33 am

      No, I will be very happy to make one for you! I can’t wait until you have a baby either–you will be a great mother. 🙂


  2. Thank you -Thank you for posting this how-to! I’ve done binding on my quilts (I’ve got my own bias-tape makers and love-love-love them!) but have never used this store-bought satin binding and was feeling intimidated by it. So thank you for posting this–I no longer feel intimidated about placing it…just sewing it on now!


  3. I am new to blanket binding and I am confused on how the end corner works? Can you give me a little help?


    • Posted by amberjsquirrel on December 11, 2009 at 8:12 pm

      Hi! I would love to help. When I made mine, I didn’t end at a corner, I ended about 5 inches down from the last corner I made. So, there is an overlap of the binding on one side. I think it would look better if I could figure out how to make it end at a mitered corner, but I haven’t worked that out yet. Does this help?


  4. Posted by Audra on February 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I just wanted to say I really like your work. I love how well you sew. I am also very thankful that you have posted images of how to sew the satin blanket binding. I also adore those pants that you sewed. Did you use a pattern? If so, what brand and number was it?



    • Posted by amberjsquirrel on February 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Audra!
      What a beautiful name! I’m so glad you visited my blog. The little sailor pants are an Oliver+S pattern, “Sailboat Top, Skirt, and Pants”. I bought it online somewhere, although I can’t remember where. Here is the link to the Oliver + S website and the pattern where you can buy it:

      I also really liked making the top, too. I’m planning to make more of those pants. Even though it is pricey ($15.95) you get a lot of sizes and really great instructions. Plus they turn out so cute!

      Take care,


  5. Posted by Kathy & Jennifer on March 2, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you for these great instructions and photos. We were at a loss as to how to make the corners until we found your page. We used them quite successfully today.


  6. Posted by Sandy Durham on March 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Wow thanks! Think I might be able to do this silk binding thing. Very limited in my sewing skills. Am making a baby Quilt. One layer fleece, Cotton batting and other side cotton. Have made these befor for children nap pads but never with silk binding. Do you think it will work or do you think it might be to thick? Also would you use the zig zag stitch? Would appriciate any advice. Thanks:)


    • Posted by amberjsquirrel on March 16, 2010 at 7:59 pm

      I think it would work just fine. My blanket was one layer fleecy material and one layer of flannel. A zig zag stitch works well. And the straight stitch I used on this one looked pretty good. Either one could work. If you have some scraps, you might want to try either stitch on that to practice and see which stitch you like best.

      Good luck! It will be a well-loved blanket I am sure!


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