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How to Sew a Blanket Binding

Whether it is a baby blanket or a larger blanket, one of the last steps to blanket making is to bind it to finish the edges. A bound blanket will be more durable as it is used because the edges will be protected, and it will also have an attractive finished look with a fabric binding that is coordinated with the rest of the blanket. Finish that blanket you have been working on with a pretty binding that will set it off perfectly.

1.  Cut strips of fabric 3.5 inches wide. You will be sewing the strips together into one long binding strip, so cut enough strips to cover the entire perimeter of the blanket with approximately 10 inches of extra fabric.
Place the strips of fabric with right sides together and sew the strips of fabric together end to end to create one long strip of binding fabric.
Fold the strip of fabric in half lengthwise so that the right side of the fabric is facing out. Press this fold along the entire length of the binding strip.
Align the raw edge of the binding strip along the raw edge of the blanket beginning in the middle of one of the side edges. Fold the short end of the binding strip over 1/2 inch and pin this fold in place.
Start stitching 1/4 inch from the raw edges and sew over the 1/2-inch fold made in Step 4. Sew until you reach 1 inch away from the first corner. Stop and remove the fabric from the sewing machine  to miter the binding corner.
Fold the binding up at the corner so that it is at a 45-degree angle, and pin to secure.
Fold the binding tail back so that it is on top of the 45-degree fold and the raw edges are aligned again.
Continue to sew along the raw edges 1/4 inch away from the edges until you reach 1 inch away from the next corner.
Repeat Step 6 through Step 8 to sew around the entire quilt. Sew until you reach the starting point where you sewed over the 1/2-inch end. Trim the end of the binding strip off so that you can fold another 1/2-inch end over with the end of the binding strip right over the first fold. Finish stitching and backstitch 2 to 3 stitches to secure.
Pull the fabric binding around the raw edge of the blanket to the back of the blanket. Position the blanket in the sewing machine so that the seam line on the top of the blanket where the binding was attached to the blanket is under the needle.
Make sure that the binding is pulled around to the back of the blanket and caught in the sewing as you stitch along the seam line on top of the blanket. Pin to secure the binding in place, if desired, or sew slowly and continue to adjust the binding as you sew. Sew around all four sides and corners of the blanket to attach the binding to the back of the blanket.

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