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Self-Binding MINKY Baby Blanket…(with applique)

When Chloe was about 8 months old, she flew with me to California for my grandma’s funeral.  Just the 2 of us.  While there, we had some time to kill one afternoon, so 2 of my sisters and I walked the long hallways of the mall.  I was pushing Chloe along in her stroller and suddenly, she became sleepy and fussy.  I realized she needed a nap, STAT.  She wasn’t a fan of sleeping anywhere other than her bed, in her really dark room.  Well, that wasn’t going to happen here in the long hallways of the mall.  My sisters and I entered Pottery Barn Kids to look around a bit, while Chloe continued to fuss.  I tried all of my normal tricks but nothing was working.  In the back of the store, they had shelves of these super cuddly Minky Blankets and out of desperation, I grabbed one from the shelf and let her hold it.  Right away, she pulled it up near her head, nuzzled her face right into it, and drifted off to sleep.  Ha.  You better believe I overpaid for that super snuggly little blanket right then and there.  Since that day, Chloe has slept with that pink-on-one-side-white-on-the-other Minky Blanket for every nap and for bedtime at night.  In fact, one night it took extra long to find that darn blanket and I realized I needed a back-up.  Done.  I bought a duplicate blanket, several months later…..because no other blankets consoled her like that pink/white Minky one did.  (Believe me, we tried on several occasions to trick her with a similar one.  Nope, she’s no dummy!)  So those two blankets have been on rotation for over two years.


I know every child is different but there’s something about Minky that is just so cuddly and soothing.  So, with this little guy who’s on his way (about 5 more more weeks until my due date…wahoo!), I knew I wanted to save some money and make one for him myself.  Plus, there are so many really cute Minky Fabric prints nowadays too!


Oh, also, a friend of mine brought over a darling flannel baby blanket the other day (thanks Lindsay!) that had self-binding around the edges, and it reminded me that I still have never tried that technique on a blanket.  So I added that right in and WOWEE…….I’m so glad I did, because it turned out darling with this minky!  Oh, and it was a little faster than adding your own binding.  Extra cool!


And for fun, I added this little appliqued ‘BOY’ to the front.  But you can leave that off or add any ol’ shape you want.  But check out those mitered corners……it’s all one continuous piece from the back.

Pretty. Darn. Cool.




And I’m sure you’ve run your fingers across Minky Fabric before…….but in case you haven’t, ahhhhhhh, it’s the softest type of fabric you’ll ever touch.  Like, triple teddy bear soft.  And those little bumps on the backing of this particular minky?  I love it for babies.  Such a great texture.




And yeah, minky fabric is pretty pricey.  But still, the cost of making this was still cheaper than buying more “emergency” blankets from Pottery Barn.  And the color selections are so much better when you make your own.  PLUS, there’s just something fun about making something yourself that you know will be loved and cuddled and snuggled.




I know, I know…..I’ve already made so many simple blankets but I think I’m officially done.  (Find all the other baby blankets I’ve made in my baby tutorial section.)  Truly, you can never have enough.  And they all have their own purpose — some are for swaddling, others for warmth, some work well for nursing, others are used simply for cuddling.  I love them all.  (Plus, that means less time washing laundry. :) )



Okay, let me show you how fun and SIMPLE these are!




  • 1 yard of front fabric, minky
  • 1 yard of backing fabric, minky
  • fusible adhesive (only if you add the applique)
  • a wide ruler, with a nice 90 degree angle
  • lots of pins

**Note: you can use flannel fabric instead……and it would work just as well!

**This amount of fabric will result in a blanket that is about 30 x 40 inches…..with some leftover minky for another project.


Before we begin, I bought my minky at  They have a whole bunch of minky fabric to choose from.  They also ship for free when you order more than $35, which is pretty easy to do when you’re shopping at a fabric store.  Also, search around online for a coupon, they almost always have one running.


Oh, and if you’ve never sewn with minky, let me share a few helpful tips:

  • It’s polyester, not cotton, so it has some stretch to it…but generally only in one direction. (i.e. it stretches left to right but not up and down.)
  • Use lots of pins while sewing with minky and that will help keep the fabric in place.
  • This stuff sheds a good amount, so just be prepared.  But I have definitely sewn with worse……so it’s not horrific.  Just be prepared to vacuum when you’re done! :)
  • It is more of a medium weight fabric, so it’s pretty warm.  And crazy cuddly!
  • Because this fabric is synthetic, it will melt under the iron.  So if you absolutely need to iron on it (like applique), ALWAYS place a piece of fabric between your iron and the minky.
  • Ironing can flatten the fluffiness of the minky, and can ruin the minky that has those little raised dots, so never leave the iron on for too long.
  • It machine washes/dries just fine.
  • Works great for pillows, stuffed animals, slippers, etc.



Okay, enough about that, it’s time to cut your fabric.  Minky has a stretch one way but not the other.  Be sure that you have the stretch going the same way for each of your fabrics and cut to the dimensions listed below.



Now, if you want to applique something on the front, now is the time to do so.  (Here are some other applique ideas I used on my Knit Receiving Blankets, if you want some different templates.)  Oh, and just like the Knit Receiving Blanket Tutorial, I ironed fusible adhesive to the wrong side of some of the extra minky scraps.  Then, I printed out “BOY” from the computer, cut out each letter, and then traced them MIRROR IMAGE onto the paper side of the adhesive.



Then I peeled the backing off and ironed them onto the lower right hand corner of the front blanket piece.  (Remember to use a piece of fabric between your iron and your minky.)  Just be sure that when you’re deciding where to attach them, that you remember there will be a 1/2 inch less of fabric around the edges for a seam allowance.  Then zig-zag stitch around the edges.



Next, you want to find the exact center of each 4 edges of both the backing fabric and the front fabric.  And then place a pin there to mark it.  (The dots below represent a pin.)


To find the exact middle of each side, the easiest way is to fold each side in half, and place a pin right at the fold.



Here are all 4 pins in place.



Then, place your backing piece and your front piece together, with RIGHT SIDES together.  Be sure that the fabrics are both laying the same direction, with the front fabric smaller than the backing fabric, all the way around.  Match up one of the sides of your 2 pieces……however, they obviously are different lengths.  So, match up the center pins of both pieces and then line up the edges.



Starting at that center pin and working your way outward, pin the two layers of fabric together.  (And before pinning, make sure that the backing fabric extends beyond the front fabric by 4 inches at each end.  If it’s more or less, one of the layers has stretched a bit.  So, adjust the fabric layers a bit until it’s only 4 inches at each end.)



Now, it’s time to sew.  Beginning at that center pin, sew the two layers together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance in one direction, stop, and then start at the center pin and then sew in the other direction.  (Doing so will keep the pull of sewing the same and will keep your overhang of the backing fabric more consistent.)



However, when you reach the end (at both ends), stop a 1/2 inch before you reach the end of the top fabric edge.



Repeat with the other 3 sides — line up the corresponding sides (with right sides together), match up the center pins from both layers, pin the rest of the side from the center outward, and then sew in place from the center outward.  Just be sure to stop sewing 1/2 inch before each end. 


When you reach a corner that’s already been sewn along the neighboring side, just keep the excess fabric out of the way and sew right up until 1/2 inch before the end.  It will look like this.  Perfect.  (The flap on the corner is out of the way for the seam to be sewn along the bottom.)



Along one of the sides, leave about an 8 inch opening for turning your blanket right side out.  (Leave the opening on one of the sides that doesn’t stretch as much.  It will help later on when closing up that hole.)


When you’re finished sewing all of your sides, your backing fabric will overhang around all four sides of the front fabric… you’ll have four corners that look really wonky, like the one below.  That’s okay!



To create your pretty mitered corners, pick one corner to start with.  Grab the backing fabric and fold it in half diagonally, ignoring the front fabric and letting it just hide on the inside of the folded outer fabric.  You should now have a triangle shape with a fold along the diagonal edge and 2 even layers of raw edges along the flat horizontal edge (at the bottom).  If the very tip of the triangle is a little off, that’s okay…….just be sure that the 2 edges along the bottom where you sewed your front and back pieces together, are nice and evenly matched up.



Now, it’s time for marking your seam.  Grab a wide ruler that has a nice 90 degree angle (or you could use a piece of printer paper) and line up the very end with the diagonal fold of the triangle.  Move your ruler along that fold until it directly lines up with the very end of the horizontal seam that you created to sew your layers of minky together.  Draw a line with chalk or marker.



Before moving your minky an inch, pin those layers in place, so that you’re sure you’ll be sewing right where you need to.  (That minky stuff is slinky and you don’t want it to move and mess you up.)



Then sew along your line and trim away the excess fabric.



Repeat with all 4 corners.  Then, turn your blanket right side out through the opening you left along one side.  Gently poke out each corner and then you’ll notice your blanket take place.  And go ahead, marvel at those corners……aren’t they cool????



Place your blanket on a hard table, counter, or floor and evenly distribute all the edges and make sure everything is laying perfectly flat.  Pin the two layers together, right where the 2 fabrics meet.



Oh, and at the opening, pin the top layer of fabric under a 1/2 inch…



…and then pin in place.




Now, sew all the way around the fabric where the two layers meet, zig-zagging the layers together.



After you’re done and you notice you’re blanket isn’t laying perfectly flat…….place a layer of fabric over top and iron your blanket very gently.  Don’t leave it on too long or you’ll crush the minky.  But ironing for a second or two will help flatten out some of the bunching, if you have any.




And that’s it.  How cute is that!



Now, it’s time to let your little one snuggle right in.  Or wrap that blanket up and use a baby gift.  So perfect!



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  1. Stacey says:

    I have 2 yards of fabric for both top and bottom. What would be the measurements for it?

  2. Danis says:

    Completed this project, thank you for the great instructions. Now if I had followed them properly I wouldn’t of had to take apart. I ended up cutting the corners straight up instead of on a 45. So I wouldnt waste to much fabric, I ended up cutting the middle fabric to 20×30 and I now have a 4″ minky border all around and it still looks great :) thanks again.

  3. Glenda says:

    I’ve just finished sewing all sides and now I’m dealing with the corners. I can’t seem to figure out what to do using your directions. And I’m so scared of cutting them wrong. Do you have a video or anything to show me how to do this? Thanks!

  4. Cathleen says:

    How far up do you think you could size this blanket?

  5. Mandy May says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I just finished making a baby blanket for my sister.
    The stretchy side of the minky was a pain to line up with fleece, so the border ended up thinner on those sides.

  6. L.E. says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I haven’t tried it with minky (yet) but it was a huge help for mitering a table runner with a wide border in a contrasting color fabric.

  7. Jennifer says:

    Ashley – do you have any tips on cutting the Minky? I have a rotary cutter and mat but can never seem to get it all straight and end up making a smaller blanket. Just wondered if you had tips on how you cut yours. The blankets turn out but I spend hours cutting! Any help would be appreciated

  8. Meghan S. says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have been scrolling Pinterest ever since I found out I was pregnant trying to find a tutorial that ACTUALLY showed how to do it. This morning, I googled minky fabric and was sent to this page. It is a life saver! I love the step-by-step approach that really breaks down the entire project. Again, thank you. I can’t wait to get started!

  9. China K. says:

    I just knew there was a way to do this professionally. I’m so glad I found your awesome tutorial. Please, please, please ALWAYS keep this up. I have it on my pinterest and I’m on my second blanket now. Thanks for your detail and “Yes!” I did marvel at my corners! ;-)

    1. Jackie Woodlee says:

      I just finished a double sided minky blanket for my 12 year old daughter! It turned out GREAT!!! This method worked so well!! I would say it was actually easy to do!!! Before starting the blanket , I read through the instructions several times. I believe several people had asked how to make a blanket with different dimensions than the example. You simply need to be sure to cut your backing fabric (which is also your binding fabric) 10 inches wider and longer than the front piece. It’s really very simply! Can’t thank you enough for this tutorial!!! Several people also seemed confused by the instructions pertaining to sewing the ends together beginning at the center of each side. Just remember that the excess fabric is sort of pooled out of the way during construction. Once the sewing and turning right side out occurs, the excess fabric that was pooled during constructtion becomes the binding – kind of like magic! Very neat!

    2. Jackie Woodlee says:

      I did add 10 inches to the width and length, but I see where Ashley added 8 inches to the width and length. My binding is a little bit wider than here. This tutorial is GREAT! Thanks again!

  10. Jackie Woodlee says:

    I just made my first minky/satin backed and bound blanket using a different method for the mitered corners. I’m not happy at all with the results. I can’t wait to try this! Would it work the same way using minky as front fabric with satin backing and binding?

  11. Ele Mitchell says:

    This is amazing! I have to try this!!

  12. cara says:

    This is *exactly* what I need for my goddaughters’ first birthdays! Crossing my fingers I can knock out two for these twin girls, and your self-binding for the minky = TIME SAVING GENIUS! Thanks for sharing this!

  13. Mo says:

    This is WONDERFUL! I also am planning on a “grown-up” version. Has anyone come up with dimensions?
    Also, I am a newbie sewer and discovered that if I place 1/2″ wide masking tape along all of the the wrong-side edges (top and bottom pieces), the slippery-curling-shedding is much improved. It almost guarantees no stretching while stitching. I just put the tape right along the cut edge, pin like crazy, then sew along (outside) the tape. Then just pull off the tape. Don’t sew on the tape; it gums up the needle and you can’t easily tear off the tape.
    For the shedding, after I make the cuts, I take the pieces outside and shake vigorously. Now when handing the pieces the shedding/fuzzies are left outside.

  14. Allie says:

    Is there a printer friendly version of this? I want to make this in my sewing class and my teacher wants the instructions printed out, but this is 25+ pages. Thanks(:

  15. Sheryl says:

    Can you put thin batting in with this type of self binding?

  16. Camille says:

    Great tutorial! I just made one in under 3 hours using cotton chevron for the front & minky on the back and it turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Krista says:

    Hi, just wondering if this would work with a quilt, and if the quilt backing was fleece?

    Thanks :)

  18. Brianne says:

    I had the same problem as lindsay and cut wrong. You should maybe bold the part aBout keeping the end of your ruler on the fold! I Had to pull apart and recut my blanket.

  19. Ashley H. says:

    Hello, I love this pattern and would love to make it although the finished dimensions are too small for my liking. I’m horrible at figuring this stuff out if i want it to be 58″ x36″ how much fabric would i need to buy and what should the cuts be to do the rest of the steps? Thank you!

  20. Brenda says:

    Thank you so much for this excellent tutorial! My baby blanket turned out beautifully. My grandson will love it.

  21. Robyn says:

    This tutorial is so well written! Mine turned out perfect!! Might be my favorite pintest pin to date!! Cudos!!

  22. Meagan says:

    When I did double minky, my smaller centre piece bunched up quite a bit after it was all done and didn’t lay flat. Is that normal?

  23. Cloe T. says:

    Can this blanket be washed in the washing machine? I was going to use it with a newborn but am worried about the chemicals getting on the baby

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, I wash mine in the washing machine and it comes out just fine!

  24. tracie c. says:

    brilliant tut! totally demystified it! so glad i found your blog! following you and retweeting. just awesome!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Tracie!

  25. Steph says:

    Just finished one if these it is awesome! Thank you. I was wondering if u could use minky in bottom and cotton or flannel on top? Would it make it super difficult because they stretch differently?

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh good, glad it worked out for you! And yes, you can use different fabric types…….but I would definitely wash/dry your fabrics before sewing them together.

  26. Lindsay W says:

    Ash, thanks so much for the tute, it was perfect timing for my friend’s baby shower. I just want to let you know that the part regarding cutting off the minky corners at the right angle, well, it was a little hard to follow. I ended up cutting the wrong angle and poof, had to get out that seam ripper and undo the whole blanket to start over! I hope you don’t mind the constructive criticism, just don’t want other mammas to wind up like me :) Yours turned out super cute, congrats on #4!!!
    ~Lindsay from Ohio

  27. Wendy says:

    Do you have a pdf of this tutorial? I can’t convert it to a documental with HTML to PDF as it is too long.

  28. Jentri says:

    Can you make this bigger? How do you figure out the dimensions if you wanted to change the size? All of the self building blankets I’ve ever seen have been square, I like that yours is a rectangle.

  29. Rebecca says:

    Fantastic tutorial! I bought some minky on sale at the end of last winter and have been wanting to make some blankets for my girls to use when they’re reading on the couch (it’s winter time down here in Australia) and with number 4 due in late November will have to make an extra one for him/her. Thanks!!

  30. Corrine says:

    Awesome tutorial! I’ve been sitting on a stash of minky I bought from Pick Your Plum and with our baby coming in nine weeks, I know what I’m going to make! I love that you and I have had kids within weeks/months of each other every time (this is #4 for me too!). It’s always so perfect b/c you’re whipping up something I can always use.

    One question I had though…I LOVE (we live on an air base overseas and they’re awesome on shipping time). However, I’ve noticed that since about last fall, I haven’t been able to find those handy coupons online. You mentioned it in your tutorial. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but I haven’t been successful in a % off coupon in months! Any ideas? I have been quite disappointed (and honestly more slow in my ordering) because of this news, so any input would be appreciated!!

  31. Kristina Noall says:

    That. Is. So. COOL! Would this work for a bigger blanket?

    1. Mindy says:

      I wish you had an answer to this before I started… I wanted to use the whole width of my minky fabric, so I adjusted the measurements using your ratios (47 x 60 … & … 37 x 50) and after turning it right-side out it was not lying flat like your picture. I am so bummed and not sure how to fix it. After discussing it with my husband (good at math) he said the area of the rectangle exponentially increases, so simply adjusting the ratios wouldn’t work.

      I know I will just end up ruining the fabric if I try to unpick it… what is your suggestion??? I am certain I did not sew it incorrectly… I

      I can tell I should have made the two pieces of fabric closer in size to each other, maybe something like 47 x 60 … & … 39 x 53 instead.

  32. Jen S says:

    Thanks for the great tutorial! I’ve made several Minky baby blankets for friends and I look forward to trying this tutorial. My pets also LOVE minky! We’ve recently inherited a new kitten and it seems she was separated from her mother too soon. She LOVES the Minky and simulates milking from her mother on her Minky blanket! She kneads and “milks” on it until she falls asleep. I think it’s the “furry” exterior, plus the softness and warmth of it. But she finds great security and comfort in it.

  33. Jeanette Andre says:

    I’ve been making something simular for over a year, flannel print on one side and minky on the other side. I do like your construction better, as I was just wraping and topstitching . I also used spray fabic glue to hold the two fabrics together, as both ides are super soft, they can be quilted or just the topstitched edge.

    1. Christina says:

      I love the look of the mitered corners, but I want a little more weight to the finished product beyond the flannel and minky I have. Do you think using a spray adhesive to attach a layer of batting to the flannel first would work? I’m a newbie!

  34. amber b says:

    I love this! Could I do this same technique with minky as the back and a quilting cotton as the front?

    1. Deb says:

      Yes you can Amber. You just have to allow for the stretch of the minky. I actually tied my cotton front to make sure the two pieces stayed together.

  35. Bethany says:

    This is AH-mazing!! My sister in law was just telling me that she wished she had more blankets for her second son because oldest son was not crazy about sharing his ;) I ran out and bought gray minky and Winnie the Pooh fabric this afternoon. I love the easy appliqué too! That way it can even have his initial lol. Thank you. These directions are superb as always. Can’t wait to sit down and sew!

  36. katy says:

    Oh I love minky! I have seen this method for a flannel blanket and have yet to try it. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, it’s pretty cool! Using this method with flannel would probably be a little easier because flannel doesn’t stretch…..but I just love me some minky! :)

  37. cucicucicoo says:

    Oh my goodness… I’ve bound other things with the same piece of backing fabric, but it never occurred to me to do it this way. What genius!! It looks so much easier this way than how I did it. Thanks so much! :) Lisa

    1. Ashley says:

      I know, it’s kind of a cool concept! It works really well and is pretty quick! :)

  38. Emma G. says:

    My son LOVES his minky blanket that we received as a gift! One day I noticed he was getting very attached to the blanket, and knowing that I didn’t want to drag that big thing everywhere with us I sewed up a smaller owl security blanket using a minky fabric. Mr. Owl is his best friend!! I actually just open up a shop ( )selling the same blankets and have a few more animal ideas in mind. :)

    Your blanket turned out great and I’m sure your little guy will love it! Thanks for sharing all of these cute baby projects recently. :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Those little owls are such a cute idea! And the perfect replacement for hauling around a blanket!

      And thanks Emma, glad you’re enjoying them! :)

    2. Laura says:

      Emma, those owls are FABULOUS! What a very cute idea :) Maybe you could do a guest post on here……

  39. Shelly says:

    So, Ashley, you can add “Enabler” to your list of talents….. I just got back from, and am awaiting my MINKY fabric! Ha, ha!!!
    I hope the blanket is one of many that I make!

    1. Ashley says:

      Hahaha…..this made me laugh! :) But I know, there is SO MUCH really cute minky over there, huh? I actually bought 4 different colors the day I bought the 2 colors for this blanket. I just couldn’t help myself. Wanna join my support group? Haha! ;)

  40. Shelly says:

    Adults can have one too, right? I have a new cousin -he would LOVE this!! Fabulous tutorial, thank, you so much. :)

    1. Ashley says:

      ABSOLUTELY!! :)

  41. Lynette says:

    I love how that turned out! Those colors just go so well together!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Lynnette…..and I agree, I’m loving that crisp blue with the gray. :)

  42. Ale Y says:

    I’m very new to sewing and you have been so helpful to me with your clear & detailed instructions multiple times. I love your blog and wait each week to see what project you will come up with next. Thank you so much for doing what you do. It really does help those of us new to sewing. That said I was wondering if you need to pre-wash and dry the minky and also did you use a walking foot to sew up this project?

    1. Ashley says:

      You know, I’m lazy when it comes to pre-washing. But my recommended answer is, yes, always pre-wash just to be sure. But did I for this blanket? Nope. I sometimes risk not pre-washing when I’m using fabrics that are the same and I know they will shrink about the same and I have my stretches going the same way. But if I was making this blanket with one layer of minky and one layer of cotton, I would have absolutely pre-washed first….simply because those two fabrics will behave so differently in the wash.

      Anyway, just to be safe, I’d say always pre-wash. :)

      Oh, and no, I didn’t use the walking foot but if you have one, it would probably help a little bit. But I really didn’t see the need for it. (If sewing a stretchy fabric and you’re noticing some pulling or rippling of the fabric, just increase the stitch length a bit and that usually fixes the problem. This just helps the needle hop over more of the fabric at once.)


  43. Queenie says:

    Beautiful minky blanket turned out very nice. Never worked with minky fabric before. Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, you’ll LOVE the feel of it! it can get a little tricky because of the stretch but once you get the hang of that, it’s really fun fabric.

  44. cara says:

    LOVE this! And I love the story you shared, I completely identified with the “No matter what I tried, NOTHING was working, until that desperate grab for the blanket,” and yikes, PB — but there is (almost) no price too steep to pay for a restful child :) Can’t wait to use this tutorial!

    1. Ashley says:

      Hahaha…….you’re right, a momma becomes desperate when it involves getting a baby to sleep!

  45. Kate says:

    Adorable! My little guy loves the little bear I made him (pattern here if interested:

    It is definitely crisis if we can’t find him! I think I need to make another.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, how cute! I remember making one just like that when Elli (who is now 7) was a tiny baby. What a fun memory!

  46. Cheryl Maynard says:

    I have spent YEARS trying to figure out how to do this kind of backing with mitered corners!!! Thank you SO MUCH for the tutorial!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, this is perfect then. You’re so welcome!!

    2. phyl. says:

      I’ve been doing LOTS of these little “cuddlers” for a good while. I’ve never made one that was not instantly loved. So many of my cuddlers have become problems at daycare because the other kids wanted one, too. Sooo, not having grandchildren of my own and always having an out of control stash, I’ve happily supplied many little folks with these little cuddlers. I made one that had cupcakes printed on it recently for my grandniece. She called me as soon as she received it and asked me, “Have you ever cuddled with a cupcake? I have and it’s awesome!” She just turned four and has enjoyed one of these “cuddlers” for every birthday since she has blessed this world. It’s great to know that our handmade gifts bring such joy. Ashley, thank you so much for introducing young (and old) folks to the joys of making things with your own two hands. Handmade items are so loved and appreciated by all.

  47. Katie P says:

    I don’t understand, you placed the two ends at the very end and pinned together and sewed, so how do you come up with a border on all four sides when done? Very cute blanket but just don’t get it. Could you explain i to me??

    1. Olive says:

      I too am confused!

    2. Ashley says:

      SO, let’s see…..are you confused about sewing all 4 sides of the blanket together? Or about sewing each of the corners together after drawing the line?

      If it’s the sides being all sewn together, you sew all 4 sides together, the outer fabric with the front fabric (by matching up the center pins and then pinning outward)…..just the same as the one side that I showed above. Because the back fabric is bigger… just hangs over naturally and creates a border of fabric. If you have the backing fabric pulled all the way to one side, there’s lots of overhang all on one side, but once you shift the back fabric around after sewing all the sides, it re-distributes and is more like 2 inches around all sides.

      If you’re confused about each mitered corner, then this little trick is almost easier to understand once you have your fabric in hand. But once you create that angled seam at each corner and then turn right side out, these perfectly mitered corners are created after you turn it right side out.

      Hope that helps! (But if not, just let me know!)

    3. Char says:

      My blanket failed!!!! I did great up until the corner part. The backing fabric wanted to overhang too much on one side and not others so making the corners was very hard and tricky. The first part in the very beginning when you matched up the middle w the 4 inches on each side confused me because you are creating a border on 3 sides not 4, and then it created a border on EXTRA long fabric on one of the 3 ends. I believe this is where it began early to fail. I will need to go back and read closely and figure out what I did wrong, but more importantly how to fix it. Maybe my son won’t notice that it’s a weird oblong. ;)

    4. Vanessa says: Hi! I hope this is not inappropriate, to add the link I found on YouTube. I, too, was confused as to how matching up the sides, when the back is bigger than the front, how it works out once you flip it. The video I found is excellent for a visual learner. :) please don’t hesitate to let me know if it’s not ok to add a link from YouTube (or other source for that matter).

      For me, I had the blanket cut, read and re-read the instructions. Your tutorial is amazing, I love the pictures and detailed explanations. My mind just could not conjure up the seam lines.

      Hope this helps! Thanks for the great tutorial! I’m making my blanket for my very best friend’s daughter, who had a beautiful baby boy yesterday! :)

      Kind regards, Vanessa

  48. Mikea says:

    You always have posts at the right time! I have some thermal knit im making into a blanket for my soon to be 2 year old. I couldnt figure out how i wanted to do the binding. This is perfect!! I made one before with minky and baby cord and we still use it. Its a bit wonky bc the stretchy minky (and it was one of my first projects). I’ll give it another try this weekend. Thanks!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Haha… funny! Perfect!

      And yeah, minky can be a little finicky because of the stretch but just use lots of pins and sew slowly. :)

  49. Jess M says:

    Very nice, I have a bunch of minky in my stash and a cute little boy to make a gift for-perfect!!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, this is perfect for that stash! Have fun! :)

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