Fast and easy. Soft and cuddly. I think that's what we all want in a toasty holiday throw to ward off winter's chills. Our bound Minky blanket has you covered. In fact, this project went so quickly, we actually forgot to stop to take pictures! Instead, we've included some helpful illustrations of the simple steps, as well as links to our two detailed tutorials on bias binding. Minky fleece comes in an absolutely amazing array of colors and sculpted textures. We chose a rich steel gray Minky bound with a deep wine velveteen. But that's just the tip of the iceberg (nope... that sounds too harsh). But that's just the cusp of the cloud (ahhhh... much better). Check out our additional blanket and binding pairings that take you from bright and fun to subtle and elegant. We used single-sided Minky, but there are also many double-sided options for softness through and through. Fabric.com definitely has something for everyone.
The main trick with binding is to remember that slow and steady wins the race. Minky can a little bit stretchy, so don't be afraid to use lots of pins and to stitch slowly. With these thicker fabrics, we also recommend hand stitching the final binding wrap in place.
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Our throw finishes at approximately 60" x 60".
Sewing Tools You Need
- Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Hello Kitty 18750... because a cute blanket deserves a cute machine)
- Quarter Inch Seam foot (optional)
Fabric and Other Supplies
NOTE: Inventory shifts constantly, and some fabric may not be in-stock when you first visit. However, there are other color options as well as re-stock dates listed for each fabric. Above are our sample fabrics. Below are some alternate selections (top row shows blanket options, the bottom row are binding options). Click on the swatch strips below for even more fabric options from which to choose.
- 2 yards of 60"+ wide single-sided or double-sided Minky fleece or similar for the blanket; we used 60" Minky Vine Cuddle in Carbon (#217809) from Fabric.com
- 1 yard of 44"+ wide velveteen for the blanket binding; we used 44" Toscana Velveteen in Burgundy (#DL-758) from Fabric.com
- All purpose thread to match fabric
- See-through ruler
- Measuring tape
- Fabric pen or pencil
- Seam gauge
- Seam ripper
- Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
- Iron and ironing board
- Straight pins
- Hand sewing needle
- Download and print out our one template sheet: Throw Corner Template.
IMPORTANT: This pattern is ONE 8½" x 11" sheet. You must print the PDF file at 100%. DO NOT SCALE to fit the page. There is a guide rule on the page so you can confirm your final printout is to scale.
- Cut out the template along the solid line.
- From the blanket fabric (Carbon Minky Vine Cuddle in our sample) cut ONE 60" x 60" square. Make sure your square is straight and true so your blanket will hang nicely.
- Using the corner template, round each of the four corners.
- From the binding fabric for the exterior base (Burgundy Toscana Velveteen in our sample), cut enough 4" wide binding strips to yield 250" of binding.
NOTE: As mentioned above, if you are new to working with bias binding, take a look at our detailed tutorial, Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making, Attaching.
At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board
- Stitch together the strips of bias binding end to end to make one continuous length. As with all bias binding, you will criss-cross the angled ends of the strips, stitch with a ¼" seam allowance, and press open each tiny seam. Again, don't forget about our binding tutorial if you are already confused.
- Fold the binding in half, wrong sides together, making a verrrrrrry long strip of double fold binding that is now 2". Press lightly, using a pressing cloth to protect the velveteen.
- Set up your sewing machine for a straight stitch with a longer stitch length due to the layers. If you're unsure of your settings, test with some layers of scraps.
NOTE: You can use a regular presser foot, an Even Feed or Walking foot or a Quarter Inch Seam foot.
- Starting in the middle of one 60" side, and leaving about 6" loose at the head, pin the binding to the right side of the quilt with raw edges even.
- You may feel compelled to pin the binding all the way around, however, on big projects like this, we find it works better to leave the binding hanging loose, guiding it into place as you sew.
NOTE: For additional help, see our tutorial: A Complete Step-by-Step For Binding Quilts & Throws.
- Stitch the binding to the blanket, using a ¼" seam allowance. Remember to lock your stitch at the beginning and to leave that 6" extra length un-sewn at the head.
NOTE: If you have a serger, this is a good project on which to use it. You can serge the binding to the blanket. The Minky is a bit stretchy and the edge can curl, making it harder to work with. The finished edge helps control this.
- Go slowly around the curved corners to keep your seam a consistent ¼".
- Continue sewing until you are approximately 12" from where you started along that first side.
- Fold in the head of the binding ½" (remember you have a 6" loose head and a 6" loose tail) and press in place to create a finished end.
- Unfold the binding head so it's 4". Lay it flat against the blanket. The end is still folded over by ½". Lay the binding tail inside the unfolded binding head. Trim any excess binding from end so the binding lays nice and flat against the blanket.
- Re-fold the binding head back into its 2" position, overlapping the tail with the head. Pin the overlapped binding to the raw edge of the blanket.
- Finish your seam, matching the previous stitching line and making sure the raw edges of the fabric are flush. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.
NOTE: We are summarizing the joining steps because everyone has their favorite way to complete their binding. If you are brand new to the technique, as we've mentioned above, take a look at our tutorial: A Complete Step-by-Step For Binding Quilts & Throws. We show detailed instructions for this overlap method of joining as well as an angle seam method.
- Starting along one side, wrap the folded edge of the binding from the front around to the back of the project, making sure to go beyond the previous stitching line.
- Thread a hand sewing needle and hand stitch the binding in place.
- In the photo below, we're showing a darker thread and larger stitches so you can see the technique. You should use matching thread and small, even stitches. At risk of sounding like a broken record, we have additional details and hand stitching photos in our tutorial: A Complete Step-by-Step For Binding Quilts & Throws.
- Yes... you could machine stitch the binding in place, but with the stretchiness of the Minky and the thickness of the velveteen, we recommend finishing the binding by hand. Break out that DVD of It's A Wonderful Life and relax into the calm of hand-stitching.
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever