Magic Binding Blanket Tutorial

Okay, so I’m gonna kill like 37 birds with one stone.  (Maybe it’s only 2 birds, who cares!  Yay for multi-tasking!)

Folksy Flannel Blanket

First:  Every single print from Anna Maria Horner’s Folksy Flannel is here.  They are the first flannels that I’ve carried.  That is how much I love them.  I used them for the blankets shown here today.  And this print may become jammie pants for Haley soon.

Second: I’ve created a downloadable tutorial for you so that you can make your very own Magic Binding Blanket.  (aka self-binding.  BUT I really like a little bit of magic better.  Sounds more fun….and dare I say, magical?)


Folksy Flannel Blanket

I decided that download was the way to go.  Takes up less room on the blog, but still makes it available to those of you interested.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  I included a few pictures to help along the way. Also let me know if there are errors so I can fix them!  


32 Responses to “Magic Binding Blanket Tutorial”

  1. 1 Elena January 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    so what are the different widths on the binding on the two blankets?? i like wider borders 🙂

  2. 2 Leslie January 12, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Oh…thanks so much for posting this! I knew there was a way, I just didn’t want to put forth the mental energy.

  3. 3 Liberti van Gass January 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I’m trying to view the tutorial and it’s telling me the file is damaged and can’t be open –am I the only one with this problem ?? -I would appreciate any help 🙂

  4. 5 Sarah January 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    It’s saying the file is damaged here too.

  5. 6 Beatrix January 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Would love to try the tutorial. But can’t seem to download it. Any chance you could email it to me?
    Thanks for sharing and that flannel is just soooo pretty.

  6. 8 Sarah January 13, 2010 at 8:38 am

    It’s working fine now. Thank you!

  7. 10 Renee January 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

    love the tutorial on binding.. I had no problems downloading it.. Now, I think you need to do a tutorial on how to upload a pdf to your wordpress blog. I’m being completely serious…I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find one that makes any sense at all.

  8. 11 Megan January 16, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial. I was a little confused about it until I actually sat down and made a blanket. Not nearly as confusing. Love it. Just discovered your blog–will be visiting you often. Thanks again.

  9. 12 twopeasinapoddesigns January 25, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Um, hello? Love this! Totally love the cheat! I’m all about fudging and I love this trick – thanks!

  10. 13 Jessica January 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your tutorial. I am very excited to try this out! One question, how did you determine the start/stop point for the mitered corner to draw the line. From looking at the picture I can’t tell, is it 2 inches from the corner or a 1/4 inch from the bottom edge? Obviously, never done a mitered corner before, your help would be much appreciated!

    • 14 Melanie January 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm


      Okay, first match up your center points, then when you sew, start and stop 1/4 inch from each edge. Use that 1/4 inch start/stop point and do a 45 degree angle up to the top edge…. does that make any sense? If you use scrap fabric as practice to do it once, it’ll make perfect sense even tho it’s not logical!


      • 15 Jessica January 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm

        Thanks Melanie, that helps. I think I’ll really just have to do it to understand it, these things are hard for me to visualize in my head! Thanks again for your help and great ideas!

  11. 16 Julie January 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I tried to open/save the download file for magic binding blanket but it won’t open.

    Could you please email it to me if you can…my girls are learning to sew and this would be a great starting point for them.


    • 17 pioneermember October 29, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      I also would like to know this answer. One of my corners is not aligning properly. The ‘dog ear’ bit is off somehow by about 1cm. should I rip one side from the centre out and try again? Ack!

  12. 18 Brenna January 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Great idea, would love to try it, but I’m a little unclear about how to start. What do you mean by “match up those center points of your fabrics and pin in place…sew a seam…”
    Where is the “center point” and where are the seams to be sewn?
    Sorry, I seem to be the only one with this question!
    Help is appreciated.
    Thanks, and great project!

    • 19 Melanie January 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      I can’t remember right now what the measurements are…but if one were, let’s say 20 inches long, your center point would be at 10 inches. The other piece is 30 inches long, your center point would be at 15 inches. You match those center marks so your bigger piece extends 5 inches on each end rather than 10 inches all on one end. clear as mud?

  13. 22 Megan February 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Okay.. I have read through the tutorial like 12 times and I just don’t get it! I understand about finding the centers but then I don’t understand how it all sews together. when you sew it together.. do you keep the inner square exactly in the middle the whole time or do you pull it to the side you are working on.. but won’t that make it all bunched up? GAH! So confused! haha. Hope you can understand what I’m confused about.. Thanks!

    • 23 Dana March 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      My question is along the same line as the previous two ladies. Here is where I am…. I have my large piece on the bottom, and my smaller fabric on top. Right sides together. I have the centers of each piece marked with a pin. Now Step 2. I am wondering if I turn the bottom piece up to meet the top piece then sew? Or do I do something different? Please help… Boy do I wish there was a video with you showing how to do this!

      • 24 Dana March 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        Megan, I finally figured it out. Yes, you do pull the shorter side out to the edge of the longer side. Be sure to keep the centers pinned. The corners will look like little dog ears when you pinch up the fabric. That is okay because the corners will be mitered then cut off in the next step. I hope this helps. 🙂

      • 25 Melanie March 3, 2011 at 11:57 pm

        I cut out the fabric tonight to redo this as a video! 🙂 hopefully I’ll go the rest of the way tomorrow!

  14. 26 Jessica McCune March 5, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Hi! I am finding in my quilt that I have one mitered corner that is shorter than my other three. Any ideas on which step I messed up on here? I’m not sure if maybe my middles were mismatched so now I should rip the seams all around?

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