20 Oct 2014
If you have every used a knit receiving blanket, you know they are the BEST for swaddling newborns! This jersey knit receiving blanket features a raw edge binding, giving it a uniquely modern look and making it a snap to sew together!
- 1 Yard Riley Blake Designs Jersey Knit Fabric for blanket front
- 1 Yard Riley Blake Designs Jersey Knit Fabric for blanket back
Begin by cutting front and back pieces each into a 36" square. Because each piece is one yard in length, you will only need to cut the width on the selvedge side. I do this by lining up my folded edge at "0" on my cutting mat, and using a rotary cutter I cut it at the 18" mark. When you open it up, you will have a 36"x36" square.
From your remnant fabric, cut several 1.5" x WOF strips for the binding.
Now you should have a 36" square front, a 36" square back, and several 1.5" strips for the binding.
Pin your 2 - 36" pieces of fabric WRONG Sides Together.
Use a generous amount of pins. The edges of knit fabric tend to roll, and while our knit fabric only rolls a small amount, I found it was easier to manage with more pins. Set aside.
Using a straight stitch, sew the short ends of the 1.5" strips RIGHT Sides Together. You will need approximately 5 strips of fabric.
Now, take your binding and fold it in half, over the edge of the blanket. Use the pins already in the blanket. Simply remove them as you go, re-pinning the blanket edge and binding together. Try to keep the binding width as equal as possible on the front and back of the blanket.
When you reach your starting point, overlap the binding ends by about 1".
Pin in place.
Using a straight stitch, sew the binding, using a 1/2" seam allowance. Gently stretch the fabric as you sew. I keep one hand on the fabric a few inches behind the needle and one on the fabric in front, gently stretching the fabric from both ends. Doing this creates just enough give so the stitches don't pop when stretched, and allows for flexibility in the binding when the blanket is wrapped around the baby.
The raw edge binding has a modern appeal and is a great beginner project. Jersey knit won't fray after you wash it, so you can count on this blanket looking great for a very long time.
You can find Riley Blake Designs knit fabrics in adorable juvenile prints, bold bright geometrics, with even more fresh designs coming very soon!