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How to Sew a Self-Binding Blanket (Video Tutorial & Free Sewing Pattern)

Last year Teresa tackled “How to Sew a Self-Binding Blanket in Cuddle® Minky Fabric” as one of the first videos in our Sew Together Tuesday educational series, and after we saw that our fans loved it so much (over 100,000 views on YouTube), and people kept asking us questions about how to enlarge it, we thought — “why not do it again?”

So this week, we're doing just that! Here Teresa shares her updated tips on how to sew a self-binding blanket again, this time including her latest fabrics and notions recommendations, tips on how to enlarge it and some insider tricks on how to make the sewing process as easy as possible.

Scroll down to watch both her original video and her new video, and you’ll also find the button to download our FREE self-binding blanket sewing pattern.

Here we go!

Fabrics and notions you’ll need to sew a self-binding blanket

These products can be substituted for whatever you have on hand, but here is what Teresa recommends for her self-binding blanket tutorial.

Fabrics

Notions

  • Polyester thread
  • Long, flower head pins
  • Stiletto
  • 90/14 Stretch needle
  • Walking foot

Tips for sewing a self-binding blanket in Cuddle® minky fabric

Start with a small lovey version to practice the techniques, then try a larger version.

Self-binding blankets can be made as a square or a rectangle.

The outside piece is the size of the finished blanket plus the size of the border.

The center piece is the size of the finished blanket minus one inch.

Use a Luxe Cuddle® without a discernible nap direction (Marble, Hide, Rose, Galaxy are all good choices) for a more uniform look on your outside piece (backing/binding).

When using Cuddle® 3 for the outside piece (backing/binding), be extra careful to not let it push forward when you are top stitching. Consider using a serpentine stitch to top stitch the edge. 

When using Cuddle® 3 for the outside piece (backing/ binding), it adds a finished look to add a top stitching about ¼” from outside edge. Note there is no need to do this for self-binding blankets made with Luxe Cuddle®.

You can use ODIF 505 Basting Spray to keep your center piece in position.

Video: How to sew a self-binding blanket in Cuddle® minky fabric

Mark your calendar — as part of Sew Together Tuesday, Teresa will be going LIVE on the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page at 10 am PDT on November 3 and November 4 to share her tips on how to sew a self-binding blanket in Cuddle® minky fabric.

 

 

 

Free downloadable self-binding blanket sewing pattern

Click the "Download Now!" button below to download and print Teresa's free self-binding blanket sewing pattern. 

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If you have any questions about Cuddle® minky plush fabrics or any of our Cuddle® Kits, feel free to contact our friendly, no-pressure customer service team at 866-624-5252.

Ready to start creating with Cuddle® minky fabric? Use our store locator to find a selection of Cuddle® minky fabric online or near you.

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Written by Michael Nystrom
Michael Nystrom is the Inbound Digital Content Manager at Shannon Fabrics. He is a two-time IRONMAN triathlon finisher, USC Trojan and self-proclaimed breakfast burrito connoisseur. When not swimming, cycling or running (or writing about all things fabric), he’s out catching some waves or chasing his dog, Dingo.
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