Fleece Blanket Binding

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Tutorials

fleece blanket binding

I love to have plenty of extra blankets, and fleece is so inexpensive (on Black Friday especially) that making your own is really the way to go.

To give your handmade fleece blankets a more finished, store-bought, colorful look, finish the raw edges with bias tape. You can make the border as wide or narrow as you want by varying the width of the bias tape. It’s especially fun to make your own!

Just pin the unfolded bias tape (right sides together) to your fabric and stitch along the crease. Then fold the rest of the bias tape over the edge, align with the stitching line you just made, and stitch in the ditch from the front side. It’s easy, fun, inexpensive, and cozy!

{photo taken with a Canon Rebel XSi}

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy April 15, 2009 at 7:56 am

I never thought of using bias tape (though I’ve used it for other things) for fleece, I love how soft they are, but dont care for the “tied” version…thanks for sharing :D

2 Baba April 15, 2009 at 8:31 am

Makes for a very nice finished edge. I’ll have to remember that. Thanks!

3 Rebecca C April 16, 2009 at 9:48 am

That’s a great idea, and so much easier than making a quilt. This might become my new go to baby shower gift.

4 Sue D April 20, 2009 at 10:54 am

I have finished the edges with a blanket stitch before but never thought of using bias tape–thanks!

5 Jen T April 20, 2009 at 4:35 pm

I love this idea. We have done them where you have 2 pieces and tie them, but that just seems messy. I did a BYU one for my hubby for Christmas, and I hand stiched the whole thing. It took forever!!! This is a much better idea! Thanks!

6 Danielle E. April 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

This is much better than the tied version and seems easy enough. It has to a good money saver compared to buying. With the winters in the mountains here we use tons of blankets. Thanks for the idea.

7 Cristina April 29, 2009 at 12:59 am

My mom used a nice wide satin bias tape to edge some fleece for baby blankets, they turned out fabulous! Just as good as store-bought! No, better, because a lot more love was put into them!

8 Amy April 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Do you make your own bias tape? I noticed in the crib bumper post that you used 10 yards of bias tape. That’s a lot of bias tape!!!

9 Blanket My Baby September 8, 2009 at 6:32 pm

Well done! Handmade baby blankets are definitely special and make great gifts. I like the fabric you chose a lot. Looks like a blanket that a little one would hold onto for years.

10 Deborah December 30, 2009 at 11:31 am

I haven’t yet made any fleece blankets but this makes it look so easy. Now that I have some bias tape makers I will try this out.

11 maria October 14, 2010 at 10:50 am

Good idea but where do i get some bias tape i want it soft or fluffy like the fleece i have looked everywhere please help.

12 Kelsey October 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Your best bet is to make it yourself. I’ve never seen bias tape made from anything other than solid colored broad cloth in stores. You can purchase a Clover bias tape maker at JoAnn for a few dollars and then you can make whatever you need. Good luck!

13 Maggie November 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I see in the above post that you recommend buying a bias tape maker at Joanns…i looked online and they come in different sizes, what do you suggest? I have never made bias tape before….thanks!

14 Kelsey November 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm

The largest size is easiest to work with. If you’re binding something small, you’d want to use smaller bias tape, but if you’re doing a regular sized blanket the largest size (which is 2″ but makes 1″ bias tape I think) is perfect. Good luck!

15 Pat November 11, 2010 at 11:05 am

I am making a fleece baby blanket one side blue with clouds. back side solid white. Was having trouble getting the two sides exactly even to hand sew a blanket sititch using purchased wide satin blanket bias tape. Your take on installing the bias tape is perfect. Certainly solved my problem. Thanks

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