Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sewing Tip - Mitered corners on a blanket

If you can sew a straight line, you are going to love this tip for creating a beautiful, professional looking, baby blanket with mitered corners. Sound complicated? Don't worry it's not!

Start out with two fabrics - one cut larger than the other. For my blanket, my outer fabric measures 20" by 20" and my inner fabric (minky) measures 14" by 14". When finished, your blanket will be as large as your inner fabric. This 14" square size is perfect for a lovey or travel blanket. A more appropriate napping blanket would be somewhere in the 40" square range or larger.

Place your fabrics wrong sides together - layering the inner fabric on top of the outer fabric. Center your inner fabric.



The difference between my inner and outer fabric is 3" all around. Start by folding 1 1/2" of the outer fabric up (or half the difference between the two layers of fabric) so that the edge of the outer fabric meets the edge of the minky or inner fabric.



Fold up again another 1 1/2" and pin. Tip, place the ball point of your pin towards the outside of your blanket. This gives you easier access to remove it while sewing.



And this is where pictures are going to be very helpful. Moving clockwise, fold in the left corner of the outer fabric so that it meets the minky and forms a triangle.



Finger press and fold in the left strip of outer fabric just like you did in the first step so that the outer fabric edge touches the minky.



Fold the whole package over once more and secure with a pin.



You did it - your first mitered corner! Now continue around the blanket using the same process.



Take the blanket to your sewing machine and sew 1/4" in from the folded edge of the outer fabric. By the way - I added some ribbon tags for fun!



Ta Da! A quick, tailored baby blanket! Give it a quick press and you are done!



Another tip - if you have access to an embroidery machine, I love using minky inside of appliques. It adds such a nice texture!



Have fun sewing your mitered corners!
Fabric: Amy Butler Sweet Jasmine Natural

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