After making a blanket, give it a professional-looking finished edge. By using different methods to finish a blanket's edge, you can individualize a blanket you plan to give as a gift or that you are making for yourself. You might choose to stitch on a purchased binding, use a blanket you already own to edge a homemade quilt, sew together fabric scraps for a quilt or crochet a decorative edge.
Give a blanket a finished edge with a binding edge. Because you are making the blanket, you can make the binding wide or narrow by using bias tape. Using straight pins, pin the unfolded bias tape to the edge of the blanket after aligning the end of the blanket to the end of the tape. Place the right side of the bias tape down against the right side of the blanket and stitch on the bias tape crease. Fold the tape over to the opposite side of the blanket, pin it secure and stitch once more along the first line of stitching.
Crocheted Blanket Edge
Add a fancier edging to a finished blanket edge with a crocheted edge. Before beginning the crocheted edge, stitch a narrow hem with a sewing machine, or serge the edge of the blanket using a serger. Using a size 8 steel crochet hook and No. 10 crochet thread in your color choice, poke the crochet hook through the fabric edge and begin crocheting a narrow edge. For your first row, use a short stitch like a single crochet or half-double crochet stitch. As you crochet, turn the edge of blanket fabric back once so you completely cover the serged or hemmed edge with the crochet stitches. On the second row of crochet, use a half-double crochet stitch or a picot stitch.
Use blankets you already have on hand as batting to make a new quilt. Choose a blanket size that is a few inches bigger around than the quilting fabric. After you have finished sewing the quilt pieces together, stretch the quilted top over the old blanket and pin them together. Decide how wide you want the quilt binding to be. If you decide to make it 1 1/2 inches wide, multiply this width by two, making the binding width 3 inches. Spread the quilt top and blanket on top of a cutting mat and trim the excess blanket edge away. Fold the edge of blanket over so it meets the edge of the quilt top, hiding the raw edges of the quilt top. Top stitch the blanket to the quilt top. Fold all four corners over the quilt top, then double-fold all four sides of the blanket. Top stitch one more time. Trim any protruding corner with a small pair of scissors.
Binding From Blanket Fabric Strips
This blanket is a true quilt. Use a one-yard square of decorative fabric, quilt batting, a one-yard square of solid fabric and woven flannel. After pinning the decorative fabric, batting and solid fabric together, stitch on a sewing machine, creating a decorative pattern. After stitching (quilting) the entire blanket's surface, trim the excess fabric and batting. Using the excess (solid) fabric, cut strips three inches long and 3/4 inches wide. Pin and sew these strips together into a binding at least five yards long and press it in half lengthwise. Putting the right sides together, pin the raw edges of binding to the raw edges of the quilt, then sew it on, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn the binding and quilt over, fold the rest of the binding over and sew this side on, using a decorative stitch.
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