Binding the Blanket with a Fabric Edge & Piping

by Jan Kerton

For a ‘cot’ size piece of blanketing you will need:

  • 4m (4.5yds) ready made piping
  • 140cm (56”) backing fabric

1. Wash, dry and press the backing fabric.

2. Measure up the blanket.  Check the design is even and centrally placed.  Trim if necessary.  I like to remove the selvage edge. 

3. Place the blanket centrally on the backing fabric.  Pin the blanket to the backing.  Start from the centre and pin to the outside edge horizontally and vertically.

4. Turn the blanket over so the backing is on top. Smooth the backing and adjust any of the pins if necessary.  Now start from the centre and pin diagonally to the corners.

5. Tack/hand baste the blanket to the backing around the outside edge.

6. For this project the edging is 2.5cm (1”) wide.  This means that we need to allow twice the finished binding width around the blanket.  For this project this means 5cm (2”).  Using a ruler and a water-soluble marking pen, measure 5cm (2”) from the edge of the blanket and mark.  Do this around the blanket and draw in the cutting line.

7. Trim away the excess fabric along the cutting line.

8. Now fold the edge of the backing fabric to the edge of the blanket (fold 1).  Press.

9. Now fold gain (fold 2) so the fabric is now sitting on top of the blanket.  Press and pin into position.

10. Repeat for the other 3 sides.

11. To mitre the corners: Press each corner firmly and then unpin the corner and fold out.  The corner will look like this:

12. Rule a diagonal line across the corner as shown and cut away.

13. Fold the edge back into position.

14. Fold one edge diagonally and fold under.  Pin into position.

15. Hand tack/baste the fabric edging to the blanket.  Tack/baste 1.5cm (5/8”) from the inside edge.

16. To add piping:  lay the piping in between the blanket and the edging.  Tack/baste into position through all layers of fabric.

17. At the corners, cut the piping 1.5cm (5/8”) longer and tuck under the edging.  Repeat the procedure for each end.  The cut ends will cross over.

18. When all the piping is tacked into position. Machine stitch (straight stitch) close to the edge of the fabric border – this will also catch the piping into position.  I use my edge stitching foot for this task.

19. Slip stitch the folded corners.

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